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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

 

  • End of the Trail

    David MosherSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • The Cello Player

    Frank BareInclusion-Body Myositis (IBM)

  • Skeletal Study of the Spinal Column

    Gerald Jean-PierreSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Untitled - Alex Villareal

    Alex VillarealDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Swing Batta Batta Swing

    Daniel PadillaBecker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD)

  • Self Portrait - Timmy Greeson

    Timmy GreesonMyasthenia Gravis (MG)

  • A Night Sky At Sea

    Lynda LeValleyMyotonic Muscular Dystrophy (MMD)

  • Nativity

    Jeff PetrieDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • El Santuario de Chimayo

    Melecio FresquezFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • Forged Iron Sculpture

    Forged Iron SculptureALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Untitled - Stacey Wilson

    Stacey WilsonSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Girls Weaving

    Various ArtistsMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Jerry Lewis

    John GilbertDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Engraved Tile

    Kevin KageSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • A Bird

    Jennifer PattisonLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Saguaros and Owl

    Matt RogersDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Ferrari

    Kyle BrodbeckDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • I Believe

    Jason PeckDermatomyositis (DM)

  • MDA Summer Camp Mokuleia Hawaii

    Morris NakamuraSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Forth Right

    Cathleen Cato GivanCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Bud

    June Marie SchneiderCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Red Rose Ascending

    Maxine MeyerALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • 50 Years of Caring

    Morgan FritzSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Flip Flop # 5

    Harry TaylorALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • The Happy Biker

    David BrunnerDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Wintertime Fun

    Carla KoehnLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Arizona

    Vauta TenneyMyasthenia Gravis (MG)

  • Sunset Under the Pier

    Lynn UptonCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Boys Weaving

    Various ArtistsMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Vortex

    Jennifer GetsonCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Self-Portrait - Laura Robles

    Laura RoblesDermatomyositis (DM)

  • A Girl

    Kim ChessonFriedreich's Ataxia (FA)

  • Stargazer

    Dorothy O'BrienALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Yellow Flower Number One

    Danielle HaradaSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Sea Surge

    Ruth BruenLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Moon Over Mountains

    Jason PeckDermatomyositis (DM)

  • At the Barre

    Lee BakerMyotonic Muscular Dystrophy (MMD)

  • Blue Spruce

    Barbara MisheckLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Fresh Picked Apples

    Margaret DrummondLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Untitled - Trevor Schaid

    Trevor SchaidSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Holiday Sleigh Ride

    Jack MaccolemanMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Have Wheels will Travel

    Katy HinckleyALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • The Singing Snowmen

    Sarah EamesMyasthenia Gravis (MG)

  • Skeletal Study in Wheelchair

    Gerald Jean-PierreSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Dr.Glass

    Ferdinand RoccantiMyasthenia Gravis (MG)

  • Visions

    Diane Zum BrunnenLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Cape May Boat Yard

    George JohnsonALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Race to the Summit

    Petr WronskiDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Blue Portrait

    Melina FatsiouSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Hanging Geranium

    Barbara MisheckLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Zeeland

    Dwain SmithLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • The Jetty

    Les WoolleyCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Untitled - Gilbert Vasquez

    Gilbert VasquezSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Copper Engravings

    Various ArtistsMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Braid Of Gold

    Barbara DanielsonSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • My Fathers Tulips

    Michael KoesterSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Peace in the Willows

    Susan RobertsonALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Chasing Windmills

    Ruth RubinsteinMyasthenia Gravis (MG)

  • Lilacs for Olivia

    Michael HudeckiLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • White Bursts into Green

    Mark PlocharczykSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Amusement Park

    Andrew CameronBecker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD)

  • Self-Portrait - Julian Dombrowski

    Julian DombrowskiDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Chief Joseph

    Jim HellerPolymyositis (PM)

  • 5 Masks

    Various Artists

  • A Forest of Fun

    Various Artists

  • Clown

    Samuel WilliamsCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Sweet Silence

    Yvonne NievesInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • Silent Thoughts

    Brent GauthierSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Winter Wonderland

    Keith StoutMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Fictional Friend

    Daniel GregoryCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Things That I Remember

    Jack MaccolemanInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • Summer Fun at Work

    Christine O'BrienMitochondrial Myopathies (MM)

  • Old Barn

    Dan BeacomeALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Square Curly Ash Bowl

    Thomas MumperCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Tucson

    Harry TaylorALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Sun Plasma

    Robert CoeDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Self-Portrait - Milda Vizbar

    Milda VizbarCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • The Texas Inn

    Janice CampbellMyasthenia Gravis (MG)

  • Puffin

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

  • What! Stairs, Stairs and More Stairs!

    Milda VizbarCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Looking a Head

    Wilson LongDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Desert Sunset

    David CasnerLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Beauty at Sunset

    Theresa Baca PocheInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • Untitled - Elizabeth Hume

    Elizabeth HumeMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Conch Shell at Beach 1

    Pamela JablonskiMyotonic Muscular Dystrophy (MMD)

  • Pawleys Island

    Caroline PennellLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • The Dancing House

    Alex VargasDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • African Safari

    Norma MargesonALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Papa Cardinal

    Jan BlaustoneLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Summer Sun

    Jean WatsonMitochondrial Myopathies (MM)

  • Brave Men and Women

    Jack MaccolemanMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Pride of the Yankees

    William RossALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

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