“Her work is an outstanding example that shows having a physical disability is no barrier to creativity," said MDA Community Relations Manager Courtney McEleney.
Tucson, Ariz. (PRWEB) April 08, 2014
A monotype print by Milda Vizbar, a Westbeth artist from New York City, has been accepted into the Muscular Dystrophy Association Art Collection. Now in its 22nd year, the Collection features artwork from people across the country living with muscular dystrophy and related disorders.
“What! Stairs, Stairs and More Stairs!” is Vizbar’s fifth donation to the MDA Art Collection. She lives with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT), a genetic disorder which causes muscle weakness, atrophy and changes in sensation, mostly in the periphery of the body, i.e. the feet, lower legs, hands and forearms. Due to CMT, climbing stairs has been very difficult for Vizbar. She has created a series of prints all related to the topic of stairs.
Vizbar is an award-winning professional artist and designer. She graduated from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn in Communication Design and taught art for 16 years. Vizbar also illustrated children’s books and has published two books of humorous drawings. Her works are in public and private collections in Canada, the United States, Lithuania, England and Scotland. In December 2013, Vizbar had a sculpture in an exhibit of works damaged by Hurricane Sandy at the Westbeth Sculpture Gallery.
“We’re honored to receive this impressive print by Milda into the permanent MDA Art Collection,” said MDA Community Relations Manager Courtney McEleney. “Her work is an outstanding example that shows having a physical disability is no barrier to creativity.”
“What! Stairs, Stairs and More Stairs” is on display at MDA’s national headquarters in Tucson, Ariz., and can be seen here. The piece will also be included in MDA Art Collection traveling exhibits.
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 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.
MDA maintains clinics for area children and adults at Columbia University Medical Center; NYU Langone Medical Center Hospital for Joint Diseases-Pediatric Clinic; NYU Langone Medical Center Ambulatory Care Center-Adult Clinic; and Jean and Stanford I. Weill Medical College at Cornell University.
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