Debra Disman 
Local Artist in Residence

Debra Disman is a Los Angeles-based artist working primarily in the form of the book, both as a solo practitioner and in the public sphere of community engagement. As a maker and teaching artist she creates work and projects which push the boundaries of the book into new forms and materials.

Growing up in the American Midwest, she is informed by living in France, traveling the US and Europe, and living/working in the San Francisco Bay Area; as well as by deep experience as a teaching artist, color designer and the owner/principal of specialist painting company ArtiFactory Studio.

Disman was the featured artist for the Big Read in LA in 2016, showing at the Mike Kelley Gallery at Beyond Baroque, Venice, USA (2016); is the recipient of a WORD: Artist Grant / Bruce Geller Memorial Prize in 2016 to create “The Sheltering Book”, a life-sized book structure designed as a catalyst for community creativity; and was commissioned by LA’s Craft and Folk Art Museum to create an interactive book for the 2017 exhibition, “Chapters: Book Arts in Southern California”.

She was a Studio Resident at the Camera Obscura Lab, Santa Monica (2018); and has twice been awarded a City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs Artist-in-Residence grant: to work with visual and performing arts high school students and the surrounding community in the Sunland-Tujunga area of Los Angeles in 2017, and the Granada Hills Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library in 2018-19.

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