Artwork by Missouri Artist Accepted into National Art Collection

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Two photographs taken by Sarah Schwegel, of Kirkwood, Mo., have been accepted into the Muscular Dystrophy Association Art Collection.

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"Bikes," is one of two photographs taken by Schwegel to be added to the MDA National Art Collection.

Two photographs taken by Sarah Schwegel, of Kirkwood, Mo., have been accepted into the Muscular Dystrophy Association Art Collection. Now in its 21st year, the Collection features artwork by people from across the country with muscular dystrophy and related disorders.

“Bikes” and “Presents by the Tree” are Schwegel’s first photographs accepted into the Collection. She previously donated a watercolor painting, “The Birthday Tree,” which was featured in the 2001 MDA holiday card collection. Schwegel, 20, used a CanonPowerShot G12 camera for these images and edited them with Picasa.

Schwegel was the 2001 MDA National Goodwill Ambassador. She is currently attending Maryville University in St. Louis and is majoring in rehab services and political science. She has been active in a leadership club, student government and was co-president of the Disability Awareness Club. Her other hobbies include swimming, reading and power soccer.

Schwegel has spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a genetic disease affecting the part of the nervous system that controls voluntary muscle movement.

“Bikes” and “Presents by the Tree” are on display at MDA’s national headquarters in Tucson, Ariz., and can be seen here. The pieces also will be included in MDA Art Collection traveling exhibits.

“We’re honored to receive these wonderful photographs by Sarah Schwegel into the permanent MDA Art Collection,” said Michael A. Blishak, MDA Senior Vice President of Community Programs. “Sarah continues to shine artistically and academically and truly is marking her mark on the world.”

The MDA Art Collection was established in 1992 to focus attention on the achievements of artists with disabilities and to emphasize that physical disability is no barrier to creativity.

It comprises nearly 400 works by artists age 2 to 84, representing all 50 states. Each artist is affected by one of the more than 40 diseases in MDA’s program.

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 City; Chicago Public Library; Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art; Los Angeles Children's Museum; Capital Children's Museum, Washington, D.C.; and many other sites.

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