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 The Brand Library and Art Center, Glendale, United States; The Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, United States; The University of the Arts, Philadelphia; The Charles E. Young Research Library at University of California, Los Angeles; The Craft Contemporary, Los Angeles; The University of Puget Sound, Washington; and the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles.
Disman was the featured artist for the Big Read in Los Angeles (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 (2016) 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.