Handelman received her B.F.A. at the San Francisco Art Institute and her M.F.A. from Bard College. She is an award-winning visual artist in video installation, performance, and digital media. Her experimental video work has shown internationally including the Georges Pompidou Centre in Paris, the Institute of Contemporary Art in London and the American Film Institute. In 1999 Handelman moved to New York from San Francisco and had her first 0ne-person show at the Cristinerose Gallery. Her work has also been included in group shows at the Jack Tilton/Anna Kustera Gallery and Exit Art. Awards include FInalist for 2000 Rockerfeller Fellowship and a Bravo award in 1999.