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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, and Arts Administrator.

She was the Direc­tor of Educa­tion and the Jewelry & Glass depart­ments at a large art center in Chicago.

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, editing, and sched­ul­ing confer­ences. In 2019 she received the SNAG Volun­teer Recog­ni­tion Award for her service.

Pam is currently on the board of the Women’s Jeweler’s Asso­ci­a­tion (WJA) — Chicago chapter as their Program­ming VP and received their pres­ti­gious Shining Star Award for volun­teerism. She was also 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.

Lisa Nguyen

Administrative Assistant

Lisa Nguyen holds a BFA from the San Diego State Univer­sity and is primar­ily a wood­worker. Her curios­ity for creat­ing move­ment and cold connec­tions has led her to discover a passion for jewelry and metal­smithing, and she looks for ways to add it within her furniture. 

Her wood work is influ­enced by Greek archi­tec­ture and from her cat, Leo. Lisa uses Greek archi­tec­ture as a foun­da­tion for furni­ture while taking Leo’s napping inter­est as the heart of her pieces. Her unique approach to furni­ture values mind­ful­ness and the compan­ion­ship of her cat. The idea of how two parties can both occupy a space while also enjoy­ing each others company is central to her work. 

Lisa’s jewelry line is similar in this way, but instead, she uses color and gemstones to memo­ri­al­ize memo­ries of places. While she still consid­ers herself new to the metal­smithing world, she hopes to create a sense of harmony by using color theory to gener­ate a space to express emotions and moods.

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Alexander Zimmerman

Video Editor

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