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 is a Chicago-based jeweler, artist, educator, arts administrator and hockey fan! Since 1992, she has been with Lillstreet Art Center where she teaches classes and is the Director of the Metalsmithing, Jewelry & Glass department. Pam was their Director of Education from 2011 – 2019.
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 Membership 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.
German-born and the daughter of two ballet dancers, Erika Diamond is a textile artist, curator, and arts administrator. She received a BFA in Sculpture from RISD and an MFA in Fiber from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has exhibited nationally and internationally and her costumes have been commissioned by Charlotte Ballet. Residencies include McColl Center for Visual Art (NC); STARworks (NC); ABK Weaving Center (WI); and Platte Forum (CO). She received a Regional Artist Project Grant in 2015 from the Arts & Science Council of NC and a recent Adjunct Faculty Grant from VCU Arts to create new work using bulletproof Kevlar fabric. Diamond has taught at Virginia Commonwealth University (VA) in the Craft/Material Studies Department and Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design (CO). She spends her summers as Assistant Director of Galleries at Chautauqua Institution (NY). www.erikadiamond.com
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.
Lori James is an industrial designer and musician that hails from South Texas. She is currently working on an M.F.A. in furniture design at Savannah College of Art and Design while learning a few tricks of the trade as an intern at Williams Upholstery in Savannah, GA.