Local Artist in Residence
18th Street Campus
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.
Her work is shown both locally and nationally in venues as diverse as Tag Gallery in Los Angeles, Ashton Gallery in San Diego, The Brand Library and Art Center in Glendale, The Long Beach Museum of Art, The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, 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, showing at the Mike Kelley Gallery at Beyond Baroque in Venice, CA; 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 Contemporary 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 in 2018, and has been awarded four Artist-in-Residence grants from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs since 2017 to work with the communities of Sunland-Tujunga and Granada Hills in LA.