Local Artist in Residence
18th Street Campus
Debra Disman is a Los Angeles-based artist working in forms evoked and inspired by 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 and body of the book into new forms and materials, inviting altered ways of viewing the world and how we inhabit it.
Her work is shown in museums, galleries, universities and libraries including Launch LA; The Mike Kelly Gallery at Beyond Baroque in Venice, CA; The Brand Library and Art Center in Glendale, CA; LA’s Craft Contemporary; The Long Beach Museum of Art; The University of the Arts in Philadelphia; The Cape Cod Museum of Art; The Charles E. Young Research Library at UCLA; The University of Puget Sound; and the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery.
Disman was the featured artist for the Big Read in Los Angeles (2016), is the recipient of a 2016-17 WORD: Artist Grant / Bruce Geller Memorial Prize to create The Sheltering Book, a life-sized book structure designed as a catalyst for community creativity; and was commissioned by Los Angeles’s Craft Contemporary Museum to create an interactive book for the exhibition Chapters: Book Arts in Southern California (2017). She was a Studio Resident at the Camera Obscura Art Lab in Santa Monica in 2018 and has served as an Artist-in-Residence with the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs since 2017, working with the city’s diverse communities. She is a 2021-22 Santa Monica Artist Fellow.