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Art Collection

The Muscular Dystrophy Association Art Collection was established in 1992 to highlight the achievements of artists with disabilities and to emphasize that physical disability is no barrier to creativity. The collection, on display in MDA offices across the country, comprises 400 original works by adults and children who have muscular dystrophy, ALS or a related life-threatening disease MDA supports. Artists in the collection represent all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico and range in age from 2 to 84 when the artwork was created.

The MDA Art Collection is one of the most varied collections in America. The versatility attests to the imagination and talent of the artists. The collection features unusual artistic media, from digital designs to collages with corn, to paint applied with wheelchair wheels and human feet. There are also many works in more traditional oils, watercolors, acrylics, pen and ink, crayons, pastels, bronze, ceramics and photography.

Subject matter ranges from self-portraits to landscapes, and from still lifes to outer space fantasies.

In addition to showcasing the work of talented artists who are affected by neuromuscular diseases, MDA's Art Collection allows the artists to articulate their distinctive vision of living with a disability.

The Culture of Disability

The MDA Art Collection illustrates the emergence of artists with a sense of pride in their experiences, including those as people with disabilities. Their work is an important element in, and vehicle for, the unique culture of disability. These works provide kids and adults served by MDA with the opportunity to visually communicate their experiences with neuromuscular disease.

Exhibits

MDA Art Collection exhibits are initiated by either MDA or the host location. All exhibits are underwritten by the participating facility or by corporate/individual sponsors.

Exhibits typically consist of 20 to 40 works and vary in duration from about four to eight weeks. The curator selects the works to be shown at each individual venue. Some exhibits emphasize range and diversity while others have a specific focus (e.g., landscapes, self-portraits, etc.).

Selected art from the collection has been exhibited at the Dallas Museum of Art; Cork Gallery at Lincoln Center and The Forbes Collection in New York; Tucson Museum of Art; Bishop Museum in Honolulu; Chicago Public Library; Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art; Los Angeles Children's Museum; JFK Center at Vanderbilt University, Nashville; Fresno Metropolitan Museum; Duluth Art Institute; Capital Children's Museum, Washington, D.C.; the Henry Ford Centennial Library in Dearborn, Mich.; and Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore.

To date, the MDA Art Collection has been viewed by more than 3.5 million people nationwide.

Support the Art Collection

The Muscular Dystrophy Association welcomes your support of our Art Collection and our efforts to find research breakthroughs across diseases, care for kids and adults form day one and provide services and support for families in hometowns across America. MDA's programs are funded almost entirely by individual private contributors and generous organizations. Contributions to MDA are tax deductible.

For more information about sponsorship of the MDA Art Collection or any other aspect of the collection, please contact:

MDA Art Collection
6400 E. Grant Rd. #170
Tucson, AZ 85715
(520) 529-5305
communityprograms@mdausa.org

 

  • Lady Di

    Tina PrinceLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Won't Back Down, 9-11

    Jan BlaustoneLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • MDA Camp

    Maureen RaischCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • The Raging River

    David IngersollDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Possibilities

    Mallory PartonLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Sea Lion Galapagos 2002

    Angelo SciulliALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Candles and Holly

    William Bill RinaldiLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Sunset

    Sarah Mac IsaacCongenital Muscular Dystrophy (CMD)

  • Seashore Mural

    Various ArtistsMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Coler

    Lauren SanfordCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Conroe Landscape

    Nancy GilbertALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Thunder

    Alexander Amble GravdahlCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Winter in the Valley

    Michael RabeFriedreich's Ataxia (FA)

  • Leaf Collage

    Vickie GrahamALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Columbines Shenandoah National Park

    MaryAnn MillerInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • Angel

    Blake (Moorman) BurnetteDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Apple Pearing

    Alexander Amble GravdahlCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Free to Fly

    Julia Lee SandersCongenital Muscular Dystrophy (CMD)

  • Ajo Historical Society

    Jose CarballoLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Untitled - Gilbert Vasquez

    Gilbert VasquezSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Christmas Memories

    Jack MaccolemanMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Patio

    Ariane BermanLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • HMS Bounty

    Paul TopkinFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • Self-Portrait - Christian Reynolds

    Christian ReynoldsDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Summertime at Camp Maria

    Darren GuestCongenital Muscular Dystrophy (CMD)

  • Greystone Castle

    Carl YeagerSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Flowers for Gladys

    John AyersFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • Walk at Your Own Pace

    Mallory PartonLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Contellation Gemini

    Nick BiddlingmeierBecker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD)

  • White Barn

    James JohnsonALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Beauty at Sunset

    Theresa Baca PocheInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • Summer Camp in the City

    Various ArtistsMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Untitled - Terry Burleigh

    Terry BurleighCongenital Muscular Dystrophy (CMD)

  • Spring is Here

    Mallory PartonLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Untitled - Lisa Booth-Henry

    Lisa Booth-HenryCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Mountain View

    David EmmertALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Barn in the Meadow

    Karen Greene FrazierFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • Return Me to My Special Place

    Gene AshbyMyotonic Muscular Dystrophy (MMD)

  • The Happy Biker

    David BrunnerDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Self-Portrait - Michelle Lorenzini

    Michelle LorenziniFriedreich's Ataxia (FA)

  • Sunset Dip

    Luke Christie

  • Sledding on Hillcrest

    William TitusInclusion-Body Myositis (IBM)

  • Self-Portrait - Julian Dombrowski

    Julian DombrowskiDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • El Santuario de Chimayo

    Melecio FresquezFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • The Unforgettable Fire

    Elsha StocksethSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Louisiana Shrimp Boat

    Joseph ThomasFriedreich's Ataxia (FA)

  • Imagination Station

    Mallory PartonLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • A Night Sky At Sea

    Lynda LeValleyMyotonic Muscular Dystrophy (MMD)

  • Untitled - Brad Chidester

    Brad ChidesterSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Dolphin

    Austin WilburnDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Presents by The Tree

    Sarah SchwegelSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Oriental Birds

    Kerri BraunSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Forgotten Phoenix

    Jackie Edwards Jr.Spinal Muscular Atrophy

  • La Wall Mural

    Various ArtistsMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Hornet

    Christian CowieDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Teddy Bear

    Ariane BermanLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Stargazer

    Dorothy O'BrienALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • House in the Sun

    Chad CahillDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Tree of Life

    Christopher CooksonLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Pause at Sandy Brook Pond

    Ronald AbbottSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Dusty Jeans

    Nancy GaleCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Dinosaurs on the Move

    Peter TachenyDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Concept Car

    Kyle BrodbeckDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Forged Iron Sculpture

    Forged Iron SculptureALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Untitled - Stacey Wilson

    Stacey WilsonSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Pawleys Island

    Caroline PennellLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Bavarian Reflection

    Mario DamianiBecker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD)

  • Engraved Tile

    Kevin KageSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Old Barn

    Dan BeacomeALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Its Wheely Art

    Various ArtistsMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Frightening Lightning

    Blanche CubaSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Little Angels

    George LittleFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • Quiet

    Julia Lee SandersCongenital Muscular Dystrophy (CMD)

  • Self-Portrait - Laura Robles

    Laura RoblesDermatomyositis (DM)

  • End of the Line

    Lee BakerMyotonic Muscular Dystrophy (MMD)

  • On Guard

    Richard McCuenCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Country Christmas

    Jack MaccolemanMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Watching Him

    Craig SmyresLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Rhinoceros, Kenya, 2001

    Angelo SciulliALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Ambassador Red

    Dwain SmithLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Gone fishing

    Amber Lowenstein-WilliamsCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Square Curly Ash Bowl

    Thomas MumperCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • The Dancing House

    Alex VargasDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Northern Lights

    Jennifer GetsonCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Pinkflower

    Mark PlocharczykSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Rollin Round Wyoming

    Various ArtistsMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Swimming

    Brian StockInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • Bearing Gifts

    Audrey FalkFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • Chief Joseph

    Jim HellerPolymyositis (PM)

  • Things That I Remember

    Jack MaccolemanInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • Amusement Park

    Andrew CameronBecker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD)

  • House by the River

    Sebastian SprengSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Fairy of Hope

    Reagan ImhoffSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Flowerbox Window #2

    Jessica M. KellerInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • Rainbow Colored Flowers

    Jonathan HassInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • A Girl

    Kim ChessonFriedreich's Ataxia (FA)

  • In Our Hands

    Brian GrohMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Joy

    Jared T. SmithDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • At the Barre

    Lee BakerMyotonic Muscular Dystrophy (MMD)

  • Steaming to the Setting Sun

    Ben B. MathewsLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

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