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Monica Hampton

Executive Director

Monica Hampton has had a life­long inter­est in the arts and educa­tion. Her back­ground is a combi­na­tion of fine arts, art history, educa­tion, and public outreach, with an empha­sis on program devel­op­ment for museums and orga­ni­za­tions special­iz­ing in history, fine art, craft, and design. 

As an inde­pen­dent consul­tant, she produced the Amer­i­can Craft Coun­cil’s 2016 confer­ence. Monica served as the Direc­tor of Educa­tion at The Society of North Amer­i­can Gold­smiths (SNAG) and was formerly the Direc­tor of Educa­tion at the Amer­i­can Craft Council (ACC).

Past posi­tions include working with the Society for Envi­ron­men­tal Graphic Design (SEGD), Metrop­o­lis Maga­zine, and the Cooper-Hewitt.

She studied fine arts and art history at Bard College, received a dual fine arts/​art history BA degree from George Wash­ing­ton Univer­sity, and holds an MS in Museum Educa­tion from Bank Street.

Pam Robinson

Director of Education

Pam Robin­son is a Chicago-based jeweler, artist, educa­tor, arts admin­is­tra­tor and hockey fan! 

For over 27 years she worked at Lill­street Art Center where she had taught classes, was the Direc­tor of the Metal­smithing, Jewelry & Glass depart­ment and was their Direc­tor of Education.

She is a member of The Society of North Amer­i­can Gold­smiths (SNAG) and served on their Board of Direc­tors. As their confer­ence liaison, she was instru­men­tal in orga­niz­ing, plan­ning and sched­ul­ing confer­ences. She helped imple­ment changes to the struc­ture and sched­ules within the confer­ences and created poli­cies and contracts to stream­line these complex events. In addi­tion, she managed the Educa­tion Dialogue, the Trunk Show, work­shops, and tire­lessly edited the confer­ence brochures. In 2019 she received the SNAG Volun­teer Recog­ni­tion Award for her service. 

She is currently on the board of the Women’s Jeweler’s Asso­ci­a­tion (WJA) — Chicago chapter as their Program­ming VP and was a found­ing member of The Chicago Metals Art Guild (CMAG).

Pam earned her BFA from The School of the Art Insti­tute of Chicago, minored in art history, and studied at The Gemo­log­i­cal Insti­tute of America. She is proud of her commu­nity outreach work, has exhib­ited her work nation­wide, published in books and maga­zines, and is happi­est when she’s in her studio creat­ing and sharing her passion with others.

Katrina Carlson

EFASO Intern

Katrina (Duperree)Carlson is a Western Penn­syl­va­nia based artist and furni­ture maker. She received a BFA from Edin­boro Univer­sity in 2016 and appren­ticed in Egg Collective’s Brook­lyn based studio the follow­ing year. She is a recip­i­ent of the Windgate Fellow­ship and Ruth Clark Schol­ar­ship for furni­ture design. She currently spends the major­ity of her creative prac­tice build­ing a tiny house with her husband. 

Lauren Verdugo

Administrative Intern

Lauren is a South­ern Cali­for­nia based artist and wood­worker. She currently lives in San Diego, CA and is finish­ing her BA in Applied Design at San Diego State University. 

Since 2012, Lauren served as both Art Educa­tion Assis­tant and Work­shop Assis­tant at the Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foun­da­tion for Arts and Crafts. She has served her local commu­nity through her work in K‑12 arts educa­tion and contin­ues to work along­side local non-profit art orga­ni­za­tions to promote emerg­ing artists in her home­town and surrounding areas. 

Lauren’s work ranges from furni­ture to sculp­ture with no limi­ta­tions on mixing media. Found objects, steel, wood and card­board are all in constant exper­i­men­ta­tion. Her furni­ture acts as a reac­tion to her roots in study­ing mid century furni­ture while explor­ing the limits of simple/​minimal design. She is a recip­i­ent of a 2020 Cali­for­nia Arts Council grant, an Art Council Award from the School of Art and Design at SDSU, and has been featured in various South­ern Cali­for­nia based art publi­ca­tions includ­ing Wood­worker West Magazine.

Check out Lauren’s website and on Insta­gram

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Alexander Zimmerman

Video Editing Intern

Alexan­der Zimmer­man is an artist, musi­cian, YouTu­ber, podcaster and father. He likes to define himself as a creative as he does not align with any one partic­u­lar form of creativ­ity. Currently he is a MFA candi­date at San Diego State Univer­sity school of Art and Design. When he is not working on a project you can find him watch­ing the Seattle Seahawks, watch­ing Marvel movies, hanging out with his kids, or taking naps.

Check out Alex’s work on:

His Website, YouTube, TikTok, Insta­gram, Face­book, Twitter