Debra Hand is a museum-collected, award winning sculptor and painter whose work can also be found in the collection of the DuSable Museum of African-American History in Chicago, and the Smithsonian Anacostia Museum in Washington, DC. She is the creator of the historic 9 foot tall bronze statue of Paul Laurence Dunbar in Chicago. The statue was commissioned by the Chicago Park District for Dunbar Park, and is the first full-body statue of a famous African-American to grace Chicago Park District property. Hand is often commissioned to create works honoring those who have made significant contributions to American History.
Debra Hand holds a Master’s Degree from the Northwestern University McCormick School of Engineering in Evanston, IL., and was a subject-matter expert in both digital and fiber optics transmission systems before becoming a full-time artist. She is completely self-taught. Her talent was first discovered by the legendary Dr. Margaret Burroughs, co-founder of the DuSable Museum. It was Dr. Burroughswho arranged for Hand’s first public exhibit, and Burroughs remained a mentor as well as a beloved maternal figure in Hand’s life.
Hand’s work has won many awards and honors including “Best of Show” in the sculpture category from the Museum of Science and Industry’s Black Creativity Exhibit; Chicago Winner in sculpture category of the National “Next Great Visual Artist” juried contest by Russell Simmons and the Bombay Sapphire Company; African-American Arts Alliance “Visual Artist of the Year;” Chicago Defender’s Top 50 Women of Excellence; and the 2016 Egretha Cultural Icon Award among others.
Her work has been featured in many publications including the Emmy Award winning documentary “Curators of Culture” produced by Rita Coburn Whack; and in the historic book “African-Art: The Diaspora and Beyond” by Daniel Texidore Parker.
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