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Art Collection

The 腾龙娱乐国际 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.

腾龙娱乐国际Subject matter ranges from self-portraits to landscapes, and from still lifes to outer space fantasies.

腾龙娱乐国际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

腾龙娱乐国际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.

腾龙娱乐国际To date, the MDA Art Collection has been viewed by more than 3.5 million people nationwide.

Support the Art Collection

腾龙娱乐国际The 腾龙娱乐国际 welcomes your support of our Art Collection and our efforts to find research breakthroughs across diseases, care for kids and adults from 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.

 

Jim received a bachelor’s degree in art from Greenville College (Ill.). He was the art director at Regular Baptist Press in Schaumburg, Ill., prior to his retirement. Although Jim painted for many years, he is no longer able to hold a paintbrush and work on canvases. This piece was drawn using Photoshop CS3 from a photograph of the original barn. He has illustrated many barns and is now drawing houses using the computer.">

White Barn

James Johnson腾龙娱乐国际Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

  • Yellow Flower Number One
  • Danielle won awards for her artwork in high school and is currently studying graphic design at the International Academy of Design & Technology. She has created banners for the local MDA summer camp. Along with painting, Danielle also enjoys other arts and crafts and playing cards.">

    Yellow Flower Number One

    Danielle Harada腾龙娱乐国际Spinal Muscular Atrophy

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  • Dhruv began drawing pictures as a very young boy. He especially enjoys drawing cars and Star Wars characters and playing robotics and video games. His favorite school subjects are math and science. This drawing was reversed from black on white to white on black.">

    2011 Lexus GX-460 Premium

    Dhruv Prasad腾龙娱乐国际All Disease

  • 3 Cottages in Saints-Marie
  • Haleigh served as the MDA National Goodwill Ambassador in 1968-69. Her mother was an artist and encouraged Haleigh in art as a child. When the effects of the CMT caused a loss of dexterity in her hands, she was inspired to create artwork using computer programs. Haleigh has exhibited works in galleries in the Royal Oak area.">

    3 Cottages in Saints-Marie

    Haleigh Maurice腾龙娱乐国际Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • 4 Pottery Vases
  • These four vases were created at the 1996 MDA Summer Camp help in June at Camp Shadow Pines in Heber, Arizona. During the weeklong session, 62 Campers participated in the project with the assistance of Kurt Brill, a professional sculptor from Tucson. Each vase features individual children's handprints and names.">

    4 Pottery Vases

    Various ArtistsAll Disease

  • 5 Masks5 youngsters, aged 11 each created their own mask at an MDA sponsored art workshop held in October 1993, at the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.">

    5 Masks

    Various Artists腾龙娱乐国际All Disease

  • 5 Small BronzesAl has been involved in art all his life. He has won numerous awards for his sculpture including first place in shows sponsored by the city of Beverly Hills and the Chambers of Commerce of Century City and Westwood in Los Angeles. He also is a decorated World War II marine having served in the Pacific Theater, including Guadalcanal.">

    5 Small Bronzes

    Al CareagaCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • 50 Years of CaringMorgan’s hobbies include riding horses, painting, reading and swimming. She, along with some help from her father Ron, who is a fire fighter, created this artwork in 2004 to honor the International Association of Fire Fighters during its 50th anniversary as an MDA sponsor. Morgan was profiled on the 2003 MDA Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon. She served as the 2004 MDA Goodwill Ambassador for Missouri and the 2005 MDA National Goodwill Ambassador.">

    50 Years of Caring

    Morgan FritzSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • A BirdJennifer received a bachelor’s degree in graphic design from the Savannah College of Art and Design. She worked as a portrait artist at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg for four years and is employed as a graphic designer.">

    A Bird

    Jennifer PattisonLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • A Calm Beautiful Autumn DayRobin created this painting at age 17 at an MDA-sponsored workshop held at the Methodist Hospital in Houston. In high school student, he won school awards for his artwork. He also was a member of the National Honor Society and a National Merit Scholarship semi-finalist. Robin attended the University of Houston.">

    A Calm Beautiful Autumn Day

    Robin Sen腾龙娱乐国际All Disease

  • A Collection of AlbanyMatthew has been painting for many years. He has a master’s degree in education and is teaching art in an elementary school. Matthew pasted together several snapshots of downtown Albany and then created this painting.">

    A Collection of Albany

    Matthew CanfieldCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • A Forest of Fun"A Forest of Fun" was created in August, 1994 by 9 youngsters, at a children's art workshop at the Scripps Insittution of Oceanography in San Diego, California.">

    A Forest of Fun

    Various ArtistsAll Disease

  • A GirlKim graduated from Lamar University in Port Arthur, Texas. Her hobbies include reading, drawing and computers. She also loves animals, especially dogs. This work of art was created in an MDA-sponsored art workshop on June 6, 1992 in Houston.">

    A Girl

    Kim Chesson腾龙娱乐国际Friedreich's Ataxia (FA)

  • A Night Sky At SeaLynda created this artwork at age 14 in an MDA-sponsored children's art workshop held at the Detroit Institute of Art. She attended Farmington High School where she enjoyed history and music.">

    A Night Sky At Sea

    Lynda LeValley腾龙娱乐国际Myotonic Dystrophy (DM)

  • A Sign of FallJennifer created her artwork at age 15 at an MDA-sponsored children’s art workshop held in Fort Wayne in 1997. She enjoys scrapbooking and crocheting.">

    A Sign of Fall

    Jennifer Sovine Rosman腾龙娱乐国际Congenital Muscular Dystrophy (CMD)

  • Abstract PuzzleMatt has been painting for several years. His favorite subjects are computer graphics, history and biology. Matt had artwork chosen for display at the Falls Church High School annual exhibit in 2007. He scans many of his pieces of artwork and uses them for notecards and holiday cards.">

    Abstract Puzzle

    Matt GrenierAll Disease

  • AcornsJoann has been painting for many years. She attended Stanford University and is a charter member of the Kentucky Very Special Arts Association.">

    Acorns

    Joann HornbackMyasthenia Gravis (MG)

  • African SafariNorma enjoyed painting for more than 30 years. She won numerous awards at local festivals and county fairs. Her hobbies included reading, traveling and enjoying her six grandchildren.">

    African Safari

    Norma Margeson腾龙娱乐国际Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

  • Aftershocks Highway 17Diane graduated from San Jose State University with a degree in fine arts. She began painting while in college. This artwork was created in 1989 following the Loma Prieta earthquake in Central California. Her work depicts the turmoil, twists and upheaval of the quake.">

    Aftershocks Highway 17

    Diane-Louise ScherFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • Ajo Historical SocietyJose's artwork was created in an MDA-sponsored children's art workshop held January 23, 1993, at the Arizona State University Art Building in Tempe, Arizona. It has been shown in several exhibits and was featured in a holiday card.">

    Ajo Historical Society

    Jose CarballoLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • All Around the NeighborhoodKim created this painting at age 12. She enjoys swimming and reading as well as painting. Her artwork depicts a day when she toured the neighborhood in her wheelchair accompanied by her friends.">

    All Around the Neighborhood

    Kim Holland腾龙娱乐国际Friedreich's Ataxia (FA)

  • Ambassador RedDwain has been painting for many years. He tries to convey a sense of movement and speed with the vibration of bright colors. Dwain also worked as a goldsmith and silversmith for 20 years. He is a member of the Paducah Area Painters Alliance and exhibits works in their co-op gallery in Paducah.">

    Ambassador Red

    Dwain Smith腾龙娱乐国际Limb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Amusement ParkAndrew’s artwork was the first piece selected to be included in the MDA Art Collection and exhibited at the Association’s national headquarters in Tucson, Ariz. He created the collage in a school art class in 1991. Andrew’s hobbies include digital graphics, photography and custom cars.">

    Amusement Park

    Andrew CameronBecker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD)

  • AngelBlake created this artwork at age 17 for the 1999 MDA Holiday Wishes card collection. He and his family have been active in MDA activities locally for many years.">

    Angel

    Blake (Moorman) BurnetteAll Disease

  • Apple PearingAlex was born in Uglich, Russia, and was adopted by Becky and Marshall Gravdahl. His mother is an artist and he began creating art in a variety of materials along with his brother Pasha, also from Russia. Alex also enjoys photography and playing the piano which he began at age three. He has won numerous awards for his artwork and photography at local fairs and festivals. He is currently selling a CD of his piano performances and selling his artwork in hopes of raising one million dollars for MDA.">

    Apple Pearing

    Alexander Amble GravdahlCharcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • AquariusMelody studied art at a local college. She works in acrylics, pastels, mixed media and watercolor. Melody has been painting as a hobby for several years and has received numerous awards.">

    Aquarius

    Melody Cleary腾龙娱乐国际Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)

  • ArizonaVauta began painting more than 20 years ago. This work represents her vision of an old town in Arizona, even though she had never visited the state. Vauta also made baskets and carved wooden dolls.">

    Arizona

    Vauta Tenney腾龙娱乐国际Myasthenia Gravis (MG)

  • Artists Brushes In SunlightHoward has been taking photos over 30 years. His subjects include abstracts, animals, people, nature, scenes and still lifes. This photograph depicts the brushes his mother, Adele Feigenbaum, used in creating artwork for many years and that still contain colorful traces of paint. Her work, “Balloon Vendor,” was one of the first to be accepted into the MDA Art Collection when it began in 1992. The brushes are wrapped in the proper fashion that artists use when they are finished working.">

    Artists Brushes In Sunlight

    Howard FeigenbaumFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • Aspen ColoradoRuth was an elementary teacher, guidance counselor and tutor. She held bachelor and master’s degrees from Regis College and Framingham State College in Massachusetts. Her artwork has been exhibited throughout New England. Ruth also served as the 1999 MDA Personal Achievement Award recipient for Masachusetts.">

    Aspen Colorado

    Ruth BruenLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • At the BarreA life-long artist, Lee has exhibited artwork and won awards both locally and in Germany. She has a bachelor’s degree in education and teaches art at a local studio. Lee is a member of the Virginia Watercolor Society and The League of Roanoke Artists.">

    At the Barre

    Lee BakerMyotonic Dystrophy (DM)

  • AutumnCraig created his artwork at age 17 and won several awards for his works. In 2004 he received a bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University where he began painting on canvas. Craig is active in theatre groups, singing and a car club.">

    Autumn

    Craig WildermanSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Autumn On the FarmTod was an avid self-taught artist who has won numerous awards at local exhibits. He painted with a brush inserted into a specially designed mouthpiece. Family and friends helped by opening and changing paints.">

    Autumn On the Farm

    Tod StaskaAll Disease

  • Awesome AdventuresReagan is MDA’s 2015 National Goodwill Ambassador. Prior to that she served as the 2014 National Goodwill Ambassador and the Wisconsin State Goodwill Ambassador for three years. Her favorite subjects are music, art and reading. She began drawing at a very young age. Reagan’s other “favorite” activity is dancing. Reagan created this artwork to celebrate the 60th anniversary of MDA Summer Camp for youngsters affected with muscle diseases.">

    Awesome Adventures

    Reagan Imhoff腾龙娱乐国际Spinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Baby AngelBenjamin graduated from high school in Rock Falls, Illinois, where he worked on the school news program, Rocket Update, as a reporter and cameraman. He also studied art at the Art Institute of Phoenix.">

    Baby Angel

    Benjamin PerezEndocrine Myopathies

  • Ballerina IITom retired from teaching at a community college in 2000 and was looking forward to playing and performing music. Months later he received a diagnosis of ALS and as he lost his mobility, beginning with his feet and moving upward, he began making adaptations every step of the way. Now a quadriplegic, Tom blinks his eyes to communicate and draw on a computer. “Ballerina 2” is a study of human form, gesture and movement.">

    Ballerina II

    Thomas Nelson腾龙娱乐国际Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

  • Balloon VendorAdele was an internationally-known artist whose work has been exhibited throughout California and Nevada. She was commissioned to paint a portrait of Golda Meier which now hangs in the Golda Meier Cultural Arts Center in Tel Aviv.">

    Balloon Vendor

    Adele FeigenbaumFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • Barn in the MeadowKaren received a bachelor of arts degree from Winthrop University and retired from the South Carolina Department of Social Services. Her artwork has been featured in solo exhibitions in Rock Hill, Columbia, Greenville and Sumter, S.C. Karen was active in community theater and served as a spokesperson on disabilities and the arts.">

    Barn in the Meadow

    Karen Greene FrazierFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • BatmanGerardo graduated from Sharpstown High School. He began drawing several years ago and usually worked on two pictures at a time. Gerardo’s hobbies included drawing, listening to music and perfecting his Spanish skills.">

    Batman

    Geraldo Jimenez腾龙娱乐国际All Disease

  • Bavarian ReflectionMario has been enjoying photography for many years. He graduated from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. and works as a lawyer for the US Department of Labor. This photograph was taken with a Nikon APS camera while Mario was on a trip to Germany in 2000. It’s a photo of the Heilig- Geist-Spital (Hospital of the Holy Spirit) in Nuremberg.">

    Bavarian Reflection

    Mario DamianiBecker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD)

  • Bearing GiftsAudrey was an award-winning internationally recognized artist and retired art teacher. Several of her paintings are in private collections throughout the world. This painting was featured in the 1999 MDA Holiday Wishes card collection">

    Bearing Gifts

    Audrey FalkFacioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH, FSHD)

  • Beauty at SunsetTheresa began painting in 1995 and has found it to be a great stress-relieving hobby. She has won awards for artwork and photographs displayed in Palm Springs. Along with painting, she enjoys taking photos and spending time with family.">

    Beauty at Sunset

    Theresa Baca Poche腾龙娱乐国际Endocrine Myopathies

  • Bees On SunflowerConnie has had many of her photos published by local media and has also won several awards for her outstanding work. She attended Central Washington University for two years studying liberal arts. Connie enjoys growing sunflowers, collecting rubber stamps and postcards.">

    Bees On Sunflower

    Connie Prater腾龙娱乐国际Myotonic Dystrophy (DM)

  • Big Top SmilesMallory is attending Central Alabama Community College on a full academic scholarship. She is majoring in psychology; however, one of her favorite hobbies is creating colorful and whimsical artwork. Mallory previously donated two other pieces to the MDA Art Collection and now has had five pieces accepted for the Collection. She also has created works which have been used in MDA’s Direct Mail campaigns and for sponsor awards.">

    Big Top Smiles

    Mallory PartonLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • BikesSarah is attending Maryville University in Kirkwood, majoring in rehab services and political science. This photograph was taken with a Can PowerShot G12 camera. Sarah represented MDA as National Goodwill Ambassador in 2001. She previously donated “The Birthday Tree” to the MDA Art Collection which was featured in the 2001 MDA holiday card collection and the 2013 desk-top calendar.">

    Bikes

    Sarah SchwegelSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Blue PortraitMelina has a proficiency certificate in English from Cambridge and Oxford Universities and attended the Panteion University of Athens. She enjoys painting and sketching and has participated in a number of art exhibits. She has also written and published literature.">

    Blue Portrait

    Melina FatsiouSpinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Blue SpruceBarbara received a bachelor of fine arts degree from Kent State University. Her work has been seen in numerous galleries and exhibits nationwide. Barbara’s book, “A Wing and a Prayer: An Artist’s Journey with Muscular Dystrophy,” was published in 2007. She was a member of the Ohio Watercolor Society. This watercolor was featured in the 1998 MDA “Holiday Wishes” program.">

    Blue Spruce

    Barbara Misheck腾龙娱乐国际Limb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Boat with WaterliliesChristopher was a published writer and self-taught painter. His artwork has been shown in several local exhibits as well as in North Carolina and New York. Two of Christopher’s paintings are in the MDA Art Collection.">

    Boat with Waterlilies

    Christopher CooksonLimb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)

  • Boy in RedSherry created this painting at age 13 at an MDA-sponsored art workshop held June 22, 1993, in Little Rock. She enjoyed writing poetry and drawing.">

    Boy in Red

    Sherry CoeFriedreich's Ataxia (FA)

  • Boys WeavingThis multimedia weaving incorporates automobile parts and wires with yarn and a variety of fabrics and other items. It was created at an MDA sponsored children's art workshop held in June, 1993, at the Indianapolis Children's Museum.">

    Boys Weaving

    Various ArtistsMetabolic Myopathies

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