Artwork by Young North Carolina Artist Accepted Into MDA Art Collection

A mixed media drawing created by Bryson Foster, 13, of Concord, N.C., has been accepted into the Muscular Dystrophy Association Art Collection.

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“Shooting for Hope”

“His 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 10, 2014

A mixed media drawing created by Bryson Foster, 13, of Concord, N.C., has been accepted into the Muscular Dystrophy Association Art Collection. Now in its 22nd year, the Collection features artwork from people across the country with muscular dystrophy and related disorders.

“Shooting for Hope” is Bryson’s first donation accepted into the Collection. His artwork helped the Art Collection reach 400 pieces.

Bryson is a former MDA National Goodwill Ambassador. In 2012 and 2013 he and his parents traveled throughout the country attending numerous MDA fundraising events, sponsor gatherings and other events to spread the word about MDA and its mission to find treatments and cures for muscle disease. Bryson also appeared on the Labor Day Telethon, serving as the show’s co-announcer.

Bryson has a variety of interests including reading, rock & roll and country music and playing video games. However, his true passion is sports. He collects sports memorabilia and wants to be a quarterback, head coach or sports announcer – in that order- when he grows up.

Bryson has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), a genetic disorder characterized by progressive muscle degeneration and weakness caused by an absence of dystophin, a protein that helps keep muscle cells intact.

“Shooting for Hope” 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.

“We’re honored to receive this wonderful artwork by Bryson into the permanent MDA Art Collection,” said MDA Community Relations Manager Courtney McEleney. “His work is an outstanding example that shows having a physical disability is no barrier to creativity.”

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 Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.

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