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Debra Hand is a self-taught artist and sculptor whose work graces prominent museum collections. In fact, it was at the prestigious DuSable Museum of African American History where Hand first publicly unveiled her work. The unveiling was arranged by the museum's principal founder, Dr. Margaret Taylor-Burroughs who took a personal interest in Hand's work and showcased her during Burrough's historic "Lifetime in the Arts" retrospective exhibit at the museum. It was during this momentous occasion that she invited Debra Hand on stage and introduced her to a packed audience of art patrons and dignitaries as an emerging-artist with great potential; one that they should watch for on Chicago's fine-art scene.
Since the museum presentation, Debra Hand's rise to prominence has continued steadily. Debra Hand's work can be found in diverse collections ranging from Museum collections - to corporate and private collections.
Hand's body of work is noted for its contemporary and figurative sculptures, dancers, musicians, and stringed instruments. The collection of stringed instruments titled "Strings Attached' was created after she was given a real violin by the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra and challenged to use it as a canvas for a work of art.
Debra Hand's sculptures, paintings and stringed-instruments have been filmed by every major network in Chicago and in 2005 she was featured by Harry Porterfield of WLS-TV, as "Someone You Should Know." Her work has also been featured in "Curators of Culture" an Emmy-Award-winning documentary by producer, Rita Coburn Whack . The film traces the history of the South Side Community Arts Center, one of Chicago's great art institutions. The SSCAC, like the DuSable Museum in Chicago, was also cofounded by the esteemed Dr. Margaret Taylor-Burroughs who stood alongside Eleanor Roosevelt (wife of President Franklin D. Roosevelt) as the ribbons were cut to this great Works Progress Administration institution.
Works by Debra Hand can be found in prestigious and historic collections such as that of the DuSable Museum, the Smithsonian Institution Anacostia Museum, the United Negro College Fund and the Plaze Club located atop the Prudential Building in downtown Chicago. Works by Debra Hand also appear in many publications including "The Art of Culture - Evolution of Visual Art by African-American Artists" published by the Africa International House, "African Art: The Diaspora and Beyond" by author Daniel Parker, DTEX publishing; and in nationally distributed magazines.
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