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“What art offers is space – a certain breathing room for the spirit”
- John Updike

He has worked with developmentally disabled adults to assist them in finding methods and techniques that help them reach a level of self expression previously unattained. Even including sometimes hostile populations of homeless individuals and criminals has not proven too daunting for Schenkel’s love for the inclusion of others in the creation of art.

For these efforts to create in collaboration with others, Schenkel has been recognized for inclusion in the National Society of Arts and Letters, and as an ARTSBRIDGE Visionary Artist, he has received the Liquitex National Excellence in Art Award, WTAP TV One Who Makes A Difference honors, the Ohio School Volunteer of the Year Award, the Marietta City Schools Volunteer of the Year Award, and the Marietta College Distinguished Young Alumnus of the Year Award.

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“He has acquired administrative, organizational, and interpersonal skills . . . to carry out his vision . . . he has worked effectively in a team and as an individual.”
Former Gov. Ted Strickland, Ohio