LIFE

STEPHEN HANDSCHU

1988-1989
Swords into Plowshares Peace Center and Gallery
Honorable Mention for “Terminal Conception” Transforming Visions Exhibit
Detroit, MI

1987
Midland Art Council of the Midland Center for the Arts
Honorable Mention for “Terminal Conception”, in the 28th Annual Mid-Michigan Exhibition
Midland, MI

1976
First National Exhibit of Art by the Blind, University of Pennsylvania Museum
Grand Prize for “Forest Birth”, Honorable Mention for “Reason and Force”
Philadelphia, PA

July-October 2002
City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, Neighborhood Arts Program
Grant to support the “Homeless Wall Project” Sousa Homeless Shelter
Chicago IL

July-September 2001
City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, Neighborhood Arts Program
Grant to support the “Homeless Wall Project” Lakeview Homeless Shelter
Chicago IL

July-October 2000
City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, Neighborhood Arts Program
Grant to support the “Homeless Wall Project” Lakeview Homeless Shelter
Chicago, IL

February-March 2000
Visual Arts Project, Grant to support the “Homeless Wall Project”
Lakeview Homeless Shelter, Chicago, IL

December 1989-February 1990
Detroit Council for the Arts Grant for Completion of the Sculpture “Birth Song”
Detroit, MI

1977-2005
National Federation of the Blind
National Fine Arts Coordinator

1985-2005
National Federation of the Blind
National Resolutions Committee Member

2002-2005
National Federation of the Blind IL
Member Board of Directors

2001-2005
National Federation of the Blind IL
Chicago Chapter, 2nd Vice-President

1985 –1997
National Federation of the Blind MI
2nd Vice-President

1977-1985
National Federation of the Blind MI
Detroit Chapter, President

1991-2000
Michigan Commission for the Blind
Commissioner

1978-1991
Michigan Commission for the Blind
Served as a consumer representative to numerous panels and task forces

1990-1994
Detroit Creative Community, (professional artist’s organization)
Founding Member, Steering Committee, Board of Directors

1980-1997
Michigan Opera Theater
Chairman, 504 Accessibility Committee

1978-1991
Michigan Opera Theater
Member, Board of Trustees

1984-1990
Michigan Council for the Arts
member Minority Arts Advisory Panel

1980-1997
Our Right to Know Braille Press, Inc
Founding Member & President

1978-1980
National Committee
Arts for the Handicapped Board Member

1978-1980
Optometric Institute and Clinic of Detroit
Board Member

1978-1980
Optometric Institute and Clinic of Detroit
Board Member

1984-1985
Optometric Institute and Clinic of Detroit
Low Vision Data Base Project

1982-1990
Optometric Institute and Clinic of Detroit
Program Committee

1982
Optometric Institute and Clinic of Detroit
President

1980-81-83-89
Optometric Institute and Clinic of Detroit
Vice-President

December 2005-2010
Chicago Board of Election Commissioners
Consultant on all Aspects of Accessibility for People with Disabilities
Chicago, IL

May 1989
Commercial sculpture contract
Surface Development of Vacuum Form Mold, Gallager Robot Project, Contracted by Dick Cruger
Detroit, MI

October 1987
Dayton Opera, Consultant to 504 Program
Accessibility Related to Blind and Visually Impaired Population
Dayton, OH

1984
Michigan Council for the Arts, Convening Chairperson,
504 Training Session, hosted by Michigan Opera Theater & the Detroit Historical Museum
Detroit, MI

1983
Michigan Council for the Arts, Advisor
504 and Affirmative Action
Walden Woods, MI

1981-1982
National Park Service Consultant
Tactile Accessibility and Program Alteration, Training Center
Harper’s Ferry, WV

1980-1997
Michigan Opera Theater, Consultant
504 Committee
Detroit, MI

1980-1981
Convening Chairperson, Curatorial and Conservation Problems and Questions, National Museum
Advisory Task Force
Washington, DC

1980
Grey Art Gallery, New York University, Consultant
Accessibility for the Blind & Physically Handicapped
New York City, NY

1980
Milwaukee Art Center, Celebration of the Arts, Consultant
Tactile Accessibility
Milwaukee, WI

1979
Winterthur Museum, Consultant
Methods for Safely Achieving Tactile Accessibility
Winterthur, RI

1978-1990
Optometric Institute and Clinic of Detroit
Low Vision Consultant
Detroit, MI

1977
Smithsonian Institution Air & Space Museum, Consultant
Programs for the Handicapped
Washington, DC

1977
Michigan House of Representatives, Special Study Committee
Services to Blind and Visually Impaired
Lansing, MI

2012-2016
Traveling Exhibit touring all 74 elementary schools Pinellas County
Saint Petersburg, FL

October 2009
Ravenswood Arts and Industry Walk
Chicago, IL

March-April 2008
A Sense of Space: The Blind Culture
An Exhibition of Sighted and Blind Artists’ Tour
McIntosh Gallery, London Ontario, CA

August-October 2008
A Sense of Space: The Blind Culture
An Exhibition of Sighted and Blind Artists’ Tour
Glenhyrst Art Gallery, Brantford Ontario, CA

October 2007
Ravenswood Arts and Industry Walk
Chicago, IL

October 2006
Ravenswood Arts and Industry Walk
Chicago, IL

October 2005
Ravenswood Arts and Industry Walk
Chicago, IL

July-August 2005
Passionate Focus Zolla/Lieberman Gallery
Chicago, IL

October 2003
Ravenswood Arts and Industry Walk
Chicago, IL

November 2002
Ravenswood Chocolate Factory Art Show
Chicago, IL

May-October 2002
Chicago Artists UnBound
Harold Washington Center, Visual and Performing Arts
Chicago, IL

January 2000
An exhibit of painting by Huw Thomas and sculpture by Steve Handschu
InsideArt Gallery
Chicago, IL

July 1993
Imageination an exhibit of painting by Virgil Grady and Sculpture by Steve Handschu
Livonia Civic Center Library Art Gallery
Livonia, MI

June-July 1990
Detroit Focus Gallery
Detroit, MI

March-April 1990
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
Kalamazoo, MI

1989
City Arts Gallery, Detroit Council for the Arts
Detroit MI

July 2012
Teacher Facilitator, creation of Lawn Sculpture
“Buddy Program” (9-13 year old blind students)

July 2012
Taught tactile wood carving-Sculpture methods, through skills of blindness to a newly blinded, forth year fine arts student, who, after 14 years of highly successful training as a fully sighted Two dimensional visual artist, is determined to continue her career as a three dimensional artist
Blind Inc. National Federation of The Blind Training Center

August 2006
A Sense of Space: The Blind Culture: An Exhibition of Sighted and Blind Artists’ Tour
McIntosh Gallery
London Ontario, CA

August-October 2008
Sculpture Instructor through “Techniques of Blindness”
Camp Tuhsmeheta
Greenville MI

August 2005
Sculpture Instructor through “Techniques of Blindness” Camp Tuhsmeheta
Greenville MI

July-October 2002
City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, Neighborhood Arts Program Teacher/Facilitator the “Homeless Wall Project”
Sousa Homeless Shelter
Chicago IL

July-September 2001
City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, Neighborhood Arts Program Teacher/Facilitator the “Homeless Wall Project”Lakeview Homeless Shelter
Chicago IL

July-October 2000
City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, Neighborhood Arts Program Teacher/Facilitator the “Homeless Wall Project” Lakeview Homeless Shelter
Chicago IL

July-August 2000
Gallery 37 downtown program / Museum of Science and Industry, Found Object Sculpture Workshop
Taught and supervised apprentice artists (14-21 years of age) who created an Architectural Sculpture for Gallery 37’s roof top garden
Chicago IL

February-March 2000
Visual Arts Project, Teacher/Facilitator. the “Homeless Wall Project” Lakeview Homeless Shelter
Chicago IL

May 1990
Woodcarving Techniques Workshop and Demonstration Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
Kalamazoo MI

April 1989
Wattles School Parents’ Association Sculpture Residence Wattles Elementary School
Troy MI

March 1989
Lecture Demonstration Group L’Anse Creuse Schools
Mt. Clemens MI

1982
Summer Institute for Gifted/Talented, Michigan Department of Education Sculpture Instructor
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI

1980
Milwaukee Art Reach Celebration of the Arts
Milwaukee Art Center
Milwaukee WI

1977
White House Conference on the Handicapped, Sculpture Demonstration White House
Washington, DC

1966
Sculpture Instructor
Bradford School
New York City, NY