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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.


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


  • Chief Joseph

    Jim HellerPolymyositis (PM)

  • Lilacs for Olivia

    Michael HudeckiLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Old Barn

    Dan BeacomeALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Things That I Remember

    Jack MaccolemanInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • Bikes

    Sarah SchwegelSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Discovering Gold

    Elizabeth ShirkMyotonic Muscular Dystrophy (MMD)

  • Race to the Summit

    Petr WronskiDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Dragonflies

    Fred SiwakALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Oh Bug Where Are You

    Renee GranadeSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Mamacita

    Edith SarrailleSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • On Guard

    Richard McCuenCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • I Have Seen the Future

    Gary SpradlingALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Heaven on a Summer Night

    William RossALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Nina de Alicante

    Luis BaezPolymyositis (PM)

  • Sea Surge

    Ruth BruenLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Doilie Symphony II

    Elisabeth Preble MorleyCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Chasing Windmills

    Ruth RubinsteinMyasthenia Gravis (MG)

  • Under the Aloha Sea

    Various ArtistsMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Flowerbox Window #2

    Jessica M. KellerInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • Scenic Wonder

    Murray BullockPolymyositis (PM)

  • Summertime at Camp Maria

    Darren GuestCongenital Muscular Dystrophy (CMD)

  • Hanging Out II

    Sybil KleimanMyasthenia Gravis (MG)

  • The Texas Inn

    Janice CampbellMyasthenia Gravis (MG)

  • A Bird

    Jennifer PattisonLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Dolphin

    Austin WilburnDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Clown Fish

    Kerri BraunSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Engraved Tile

    Kevin KageSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Mountain Stream

    Rosalie TothCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Peace in the Willows

    Susan RobertsonALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Dr.Glass

    Ferdinand RoccantiMyasthenia Gravis (MG)

  • Silent Thoughts

    Brent GauthierSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Carnival

    Kenneth TurnerSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Fairy of Hope

    Reagan ImhoffSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Down By the Lake

    David CasnerLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Skeletal Study in Wheelchair

    Gerald Jean-PierreSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Sunset

    Sarah Mac IsaacCongenital Muscular Dystrophy (CMD)

  • Grand Cayman Archway

    Michael BougherALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Self Portrait - Gabe Montez

    Gabe MontezFriedreich's Ataxia (FA)

  • Having Fun at Sea

    Kaitlyn KuleszCongenital Muscular Dystrophy (CMD)

  • The Jetty

    Les WoolleyCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Gone fishing

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

  • Little Angels

    George LittleFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • Crimson Dusk

    Stephen BlankenshipFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • Candles and Holly

    William Bill RinaldiLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Super K

    Kaalan WilsonDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Return Me to My Special Place

    Gene AshbyMyotonic Muscular Dystrophy (MMD)

  • Peachtree City Girls

    Audrey FalkFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • Under the Sea

    Destiny SanchezSpinal Muscular Atrophy

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