Local Artist in Residence
18th Street Campus
Debra Disman is a Los Angeles-based artist known for her work inspired by the book, which traverses tapestry, installation and sculpture to push familiar forms into works that arrest and baffle, while simultaneously offering places of contemplation and solace. As a maker and teaching artist she invites altered ways of viewing the world and how we inhabit it.
Her work is widely shown in museums, galleries, universities and libraries across the US including Launch LA, 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 LA in 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 LA’s Craft Contemporary Museum to create an interactive book for their 2017 exhibition, “Chapters: Book Arts in Southern California”.
She was a 2018 Studio Resident at the Camera Obscura Art Lab in Santa Monica and has served as an Artist-in-Residence for the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs since 2017. A Santa Monica Artist Fellow in 2021-22, she is thrilled to continue project, research and teaching efforts across Los Angeles County and the world, and contribute to 18th Street Arts Center as a local artist-in-residence.