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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

 

  • Prince of the Desert

    James D'AvanzoDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Seascape

    Russell HammondSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Its Wheely Art

    Various ArtistsMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • End of the Trail

    David MosherSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Peace Flower

    Patrick HarrisFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • Forged Iron Sculpture

    Forged Iron SculptureALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Little Pink Palace

    Vauta TenneyMyasthenia Gravis (MG)

  • Summer Sun

    Jean WatsonMitochondrial Myopathies (MM)

  • Swing Batta Batta Swing

    Daniel PadillaBecker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD)

  • Water Lily Study II

    Jay McMahanInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • Baby Angel

    Benjamin PerezInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • Winter Sepia Gold

    Carl YeagerSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Beauty at Sunset

    Theresa Baca PocheInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • My Fathers Tulips

    Michael KoesterSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Autumn

    Craig WildermanSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • The Colors of my Heart

    Sarah KiddFriedreich's Ataxia (FA)

  • Angel

    Blake (Moorman) BurnetteDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Blue Spruce

    Barbara MisheckLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Falling Water River

    Vauta TenneyMyasthenia Gravis (MG)

  • 3 Cottages in Saints-Marie

    Haleigh MauriceCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Winter Wonderland

    Keith StoutMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • These Stairs Intrigue Me

    Patrick HarrisFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • Prarie Road Homestead

    Connie PraterMyotonic Muscular Dystrophy (MMD)

  • Cuddly Christmas Bear

    Shane BourqueBecker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD)

  • Holiday Sleigh Ride

    Jack MaccolemanMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • House by the River

    Sebastian SprengSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Dragonflies

    Fred SiwakALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Waves of Life

    Erin KimballSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Square Curly Ash Bowl

    Thomas MumperCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Self Portrait - Omar Reyes

    Omar ReyesDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Sun Plasma

    Robert CoeDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Good Tidings of Great Joy

    Audrey FalkFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • Orphan

    Thomas NelsonALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Artists Brushes In Sunlight

    Howard FeigenbaumFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • Waterlily Dream

    Diane Zum BrunnenLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Come Fly with Me

    Martin LauerMitochondrial Myopathies (MM)

  • Lone Tree

    Tom WilliamsALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • STS 63 and Me

    Ken JaschSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Giraffes at Sunset

    Elsha StocksethSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Conch Shell at Beach 1

    Pamela JablonskiMyotonic Muscular Dystrophy (MMD)

  • Race to the Summit

    Petr WronskiDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Self-Portrait - Laura Robles

    Laura RoblesDermatomyositis (DM)

  • Ballerina II

    Thomas NelsonALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Chief Joseph

    Jim HellerPolymyositis (PM)

  • Tree of Life

    Christopher CooksonLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Brave Men and Women

    Jack MaccolemanMetabolic Diseases of Muscle

  • Flip Flop # 5

    Harry TaylorALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Stargazer

    Dorothy O'BrienALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • At the Barre

    Lee BakerMyotonic Muscular Dystrophy (MMD)

  • Martin Luther King Jr.

    Jason PeckDermatomyositis (DM)

  • African Safari

    Norma MargesonALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Untitled - Carol Bruins

    Carol BruinsMyotonic Muscular Dystrophy (MMD)

  • Super K

    Kaalan WilsonDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Hanging Geranium

    Barbara MisheckLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Coler

    Lauren SanfordCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • The Unforgettable Fire

    Elsha StocksethSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Old Truck on a Fall Day

    Conor RobertsDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Purple Truck

    Geraldo JimenezDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Turtle

    Christopher BrownCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • The Breath of the Spirit

    Carlos SerbiaBecker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD)

  • Hanging Out V

    Sybil KleimanMyasthenia Gravis (MG)

  • Coltrane Playing My Favorite Things

    Tommy RobertsBecker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD)

  • Presents by The Tree

    Sarah SchwegelSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Friends

    T.C. (Troy) BlackburnDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Nativity

    Jeff PetrieDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • The Cello Player

    Frank BareInclusion-Body Myositis (IBM)

  • Japanese Scene

    Jason BaringerDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Mamacita

    Edith SarrailleSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Summer Fun at Work

    Christine O'BrienMitochondrial Myopathies (MM)

  • Woods

    James D'AvanzoDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Siamese Fighting Fish

    Shelley RobinsonFriedreich's Ataxia (FA)

  • Forgotten Phoenix

    Jackie Edwards Jr.Spinal Muscular Atrophy

  • The Birthday Tree

    Sarah SchwegelSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Patio

    Ariane BermanLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Fishing

    Shawna BormanSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Self Portrait - Mark Sias

    Mark SiasBecker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD)

  • Desert Sunset

    David CasnerLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Shawl

    Ariane BermanLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • A Calm Beautiful Autumn Day

    Robin SenDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Ray of Hope

    Dustin BorlackInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • Zeeland

    Dwain SmithLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Dusty Jeans

    Nancy GaleCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Welcoming Lucia

    MaryAnn MillerInherited and Endocrine Myopathies

  • Lady Di

    Tina PrinceLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Mystical Peaks

    Les WoolleyCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Aftershocks Highway 17

    Diane-Louise ScherFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • Tenacious Leaf

    Audrey FalkFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • Point Piños Light

    Mike ShirkInclusion-Body Myositis (IBM)

  • Susan Kinney

    Susan KinneyCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • I Have Seen the Future

    Gary SpradlingALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Summertime at Camp Maria

    Darren GuestCongenital Muscular Dystrophy (CMD)

  • Yellow Flower Number One

    Danielle HaradaSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Louisiana Shrimp Boat

    Joseph ThomasFriedreich's Ataxia (FA)

  • The Tree

    Jeff PetrieDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

  • Rest Stop at MDA Camp

    Maureen RaischCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • Northern New England

    Edward T. RobinsonLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Boy in Red

    Sherry CoeFriedreich's Ataxia (FA)

  • Sunset

    Sarah Mac IsaacCongenital Muscular Dystrophy (CMD)

  • Winter in the Valley

    Michael RabeFriedreich's Ataxia (FA)

  • Self Portrait - Gabe Montez

    Gabe MontezFriedreich's Ataxia (FA)

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