Debra Disman and Huong Nguyen Announced as Next Studio Artists-in-Residence at the Camera Obscura Art Lab

January 11, 2018 10:37 AM

SANTA MONICA, CA — Book artist Debra Disman and paper and textile designer Huong Nguyen are the next Studio Artists-in-Residence at the Camera Obscura Art Lab, working onsite between January 10 and April 18, 2018.

Disman is continuing a series of works that progressively investigate the emotional, sensory and evocative aspects of the book format, while Nguyen is creating paper and textile work that uses traditional Asian craft techniques such as Shibori (Japanese tie-dye), Katagami (Japanese stencil making), and Joomchi (Korean paper felting), with shapes and colors inspired by flora and fauna of Santa Monica.

Here is a lineup of events:

Workshops with Debra Disman

Workshops with Huong Nguyen

All workshops are for adults 18+ and can be registered for online at

RSVP to the culminating exhibit/presentation at

The Camera Obscura Art Lab is located at 1450 Ocean Ave in Palisades Park, between Broadway & Santa Monica Blvd. Parking nearby at Structure 6 is $2.75 for 3 hours and it’s four blocks from the Metro downtown Santa Monica stop. The Camera Obscura mechanism is free to visit and open Mon - Fri 9am – 3pm & Sat 11am – 4pm. Contact us: (310) 458-2239 and Tag us at #ArtSaMo and #CameraObscuraArtLab. Visit us on the web at

Camera Obscura Art Lab programs are presented by the City of Santa Monica. For more information, visit and See and share posts about the events by using #ArtSaMo.

Images: Debra Disman Sculptural Book and Huong Nguyen Shibori Quilt




About the City of Santa Monica, Cultural Affairs Division

Santa Monica Cultural Affairs brings the City’s art scene to life for residents and visitors. Programs include grants for Santa Monica-based arts and culture organizations, schools and individual artists, festivals and series including the Airport Artwalk, Art@Tongva, Beach=Culture, Coast, Dia de los Muertos, Jazz on the Lawn and more, managing the Annenberg Community Beach House, Camera Obscura Art Lab, the Civic Auditorium and the Miles Memorial Playhouse, and administering the City’s extensive collection of public art. For more information, visit #ArtSaMo

More about the artists:

Debra Disman is a Los Angeles-based artist working primarily in the form of the book. Disman was the featured artist for the Los Angeles Big Read in 2016, exhibiting at the Mike Kelley Gallery at Beyond Baroque in Venice. She was commissioned in 2017 by the Los Angeles Craft and Folk Art Museum to create an interactive book for “Chapters: Book Arts in Southern California.” She is a teaching artist at LACMA and was recently awarded a Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs Artist-in-Residence grant to work with high school students and community members in the Sunland-Tujunga neighborhood.

Born in Orlando, Florida to a large Vietnamese family, Huong Nguyen is a visual artist with roots in the textiles industry. Nguyen received a BFA from RISD for Textile Design and works in printmaking, pattern design and various media. Her studio work brings a contemporary aesthetic and spirit of inquiry to ancient material and design traditions, with an emphasis on the essential and hand-made.

More about the Camera Obscura Studio Artist Residency: Residency programs connect the public with artists and artisans working within and between the worlds of fine art and craft. Resident Artists share their work with the public informally and through public workshops and events. Information about this and other residencies are available at under Artist Opportunities.

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