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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

 

  • Miss Millie

    Brent GauthierSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Angel

    Blake (Moorman) BurnetteDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Looking a Head

    Wilson LongDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Blue Spruce

    Barbara MisheckLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Won't Back Down, 9-11

    Jan BlaustoneLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • A Girl

    Kim ChessonFriedreich's Ataxia (FA)

  • Cape May Boat Yard

    George JohnsonALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Tree of Life

    Christopher CooksonLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Silent Thoughts

    Brent GauthierSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • A Sign of Fall

    Jennifer Sovine RosmanCongenital Muscular Dystrophy (CMD)

  • Little Pink Palace

    Vauta TenneyMyasthenia Gravis (MG)

  • Feathered Snowman

    Chad CahillDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Coltrane Playing My Favorite Things

    Tommy RobertsBecker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD)

  • Waikiki Moon

    Robert HarmsALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Untitled - Brad Chidester

    Brad ChidesterSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Stargazer

    Dorothy O'BrienALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Holiday Sleigh Ride

    Jack MaccolemanMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Woods

    James D'AvanzoDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Ferrari

    Kyle BrodbeckDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Columbines Shenandoah National Park

    MaryAnn MillerInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • Self-Portrait - Michelle Lorenzini

    Michelle LorenziniFriedreich's Ataxia (FA)

  • Awesome Adventures

    Reagan ImhoffSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Moon Over Mountains

    Jason PeckDermatomyositis (DM)

  • Cooking Up a Storm

    Monty TopcheALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Waterlily Dream

    Diane Zum BrunnenLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Electric Miles

    Tommy RobertsBecker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD)

  • Sunset

    Sarah Mac IsaacCongenital Muscular Dystrophy (CMD)

  • Its Wheely Art II

    Various ArtistsMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Prince of the Desert

    James D'AvanzoDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Seascape

    Russell HammondSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Celebrate the Day

    Milda VizbarCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • The World in Chaos

    Tomas DiazDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Free to Fly

    Julia Lee SandersCongenital Muscular Dystrophy (CMD)

  • Have Wheels will Travel

    Katy HinckleyALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Fierce Hope

    Raymond WestALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Bees On Sunflower

    Connie PraterMyotonic Muscular Dystrophy (MMD)

  • MDA Summer Camp Mokuleia Hawaii

    Morris NakamuraSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Puffin

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

  • Batman

    Geraldo JimenezDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Bikes

    Sarah SchwegelSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Supercalifragilizard

    Nicholas OlsonFriedreich's Ataxia (FA)

  • The Final Frontier

    Ryan SannerDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Concept Car

    Kyle BrodbeckDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • All Around the Neighborhood

    Kim HollandFriedreich's Ataxia (FA)

  • Sunset Dip

    Luke Christie

  • Aspen Colorado

    Ruth BruenLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Martin Luther King Jr.

    Jason PeckDermatomyositis (DM)

  • Ballerina II

    Thomas NelsonALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Piraguas

    Luis BaezPolymyositis (PM)

  • Zeeland

    Dwain SmithLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Weeping Willows

    Christopher JohnsonDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Ray of Hope

    Dustin BorlackInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • Self-Portrait - Christina Lara

    Christina LaraFriedreich's Ataxia (FA)

  • Head Turner

    Erin WorshamALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Artists Brushes In Sunlight

    Howard FeigenbaumFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • Star Team

    Milda VizbarCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Susan Kinney

    Susan KinneyCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • 2011 Lexus GX-460 Premium

    Dhruv PrasadDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Happy Hanukkah

    K Edgar SwadosCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Red Birds in Winter

    Norma MargesonALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Blue Portrait

    Melina FatsiouSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Geckos in Reverse

    Jeff PetrieDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Cuddly Christmas Bear

    Shane BourqueBecker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD)

  • Its Wheely Art

    Various ArtistsMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Apple Pearing

    Alexander Amble GravdahlCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Clown Fish

    Kerri BraunSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Crossroads

    Ryan SannerDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Hanging Out II

    Sybil KleimanMyasthenia Gravis (MG)

  • Boat with Waterlilies

    Christopher CooksonLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Wave - #10

    Morris NakamuraSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • STS 63 and Me

    Ken JaschSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Sunset at Camp Marie

    Mathew MurdockSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Brave Men and Women

    Jack MaccolemanMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Self Portrait - Mackenzie Dreppard

    Mackenzie DreppardSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Snow Owl

    Karen WheelerSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Untitled - Trevor Schaid

    Trevor SchaidSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • African Safari

    Norma MargesonALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Pause at Sandy Brook Pond

    Ronald AbbottSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • I Have Seen the Future

    Gary SpradlingALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Nina de Alicante

    Luis BaezPolymyositis (PM)

  • Summer Fun at Work

    Christine O'BrienMitochondrial Myopathies (MM)

  • Engraved Tile

    Kevin KageSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Wheelchair Dancing

    Melina FatsiouSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Race to the Summit

    Petr WronskiDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Winter in the Valley

    Michael RabeFriedreich's Ataxia (FA)

  • Sunset at Lake Estes

    Charles MotisherLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Challenges We Don't Face

    Caroline PennellLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Waves of Life

    Erin KimballSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Fishing

    Shawna BormanSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Tennessee Dolls

    Vauta TenneyMyasthenia Gravis (MG)

  • Cougar at Rest

    Jack MaccolemanMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Owl Team Six

    Yvonne NievesInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • Clown Quartet

    Monty TopcheALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • White Barn

    James JohnsonALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Forged Iron Sculpture

    Forged Iron SculptureALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Coler

    Lauren SanfordCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Doilie Symphony II

    Elisabeth Preble MorleyCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Walk at Your Own Pace

    Mallory PartonLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Giraffes at Sunset

    Elsha StocksethSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Water Lily Study II

    Jay McMahanInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

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