Susan and Elizabeth created the original Green Art Workshop in 2010. This collaborative program brought youth to Recology’s Artist-In-Residence (AIR) program and Scrounger’s Center for Reusable Arts Parts (SCRAP). The workshop encouraged participants to consider their personal consumption and to draw inspiration from art that reflects a commitment to environmentally sustainable behavior. Students upcycyled materials such as textiles, paper, wood, and plastic objects to construct imaginative sculptures.

From the initial Green Art Workshop series, Elizabeth and Susan recognized youths’ excitement to explore the artistic potential of non-traditional re-usable materials. They are committed to providing quality art programs which promote creativity with a conscience.

Green Art Workshop is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Thank you to all of our community partners who make our work possible!


Staff Members

Elizabeth O’Connor [Co-Founder/Director/Teaching Artist]
Elizabeth received her BFA in Studio Art with a minor in Art Education from Alfred University in New York. She has been an Artist-in-Residence at the Hall Farm Center in Townsend, VT and volunteered for AmeriCorps NCCC in Colorado. Elizabeth has taught art for Starr King Elementary’s YMCA After School Program and The Imagine Bus Project in San Francisco. From 2008-2012, she served as Art Director for the Boys & Girls Clubs of SF. Elizabeth’s award-winning art programs have connected local youth with kids in Uganda, Peru, Nepal, and India. In 2012, Elizabeth completed a public mosaic project with BGCSF and the San Francisco Art Institute.

Susan Lynn Smith [Co-Founder/Director/Teaching Artist]
Susan holds a BFA in Photography & Imaging from New York University and a MFA in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute. Since 2001, she has worked as an Art Instructor for NYU’s Community Collaborations, Putney Student Travel’s Amherst College and Spain Excel programs, and the International Center of Photography. Most recently, Susan has taught and directed art programs for Good For Kids, a San Francisco non-profit, The Oxbow School in Napa, CA, and the Academy of Art University. Her exhibitions include shows at Root Division, San Francisco City Hall, Cordon | Potts Gallery, Dickerman Prints Gallery, Inclusions Gallery, Diego Rivera Gallery, MarinMOCA, Book & Job Gallery, and RayKo Photo Center. In 2015, Susan will be a resident artist at Penland School of Crafts, The Hambidge Center, and at Vyt – Art Students League of New York.

Aubrie Sell Williams [Teaching Artist]
Aubrie earned a BFA in Painting, and a BA in Art History from the Pennsylvania State University. Since then she has worked as a curator for the Westmoreland Art Nationals, participated in an Artists Residency at the Brew House Association, and taught art in DC Public Schools. She is trained in the Reggio-Emilio educational approach to art making, as well as student initiated project based learning. Aubrie’s personal artwork explores our sense of place in a rapidly changing environment.

Rachel Dimon [Teaching Artist]
Rachel earned a BA in Painting and Instillation from Warren Wilson College, North Carolina.  She has shown her work at the Holden Gallery in North Carolina, and the Bazalel Institute in Jerusalem. Based in Oakland, she paints, works with aquatic plants, fish, and water health in ponds, and tutors refugees in English. Rachel is working towards her MSW, with the intention to integrate art education and social work, allowing isolated populations a means of record and expression of their situation.

Patricia Pauchnick [Teaching Assistant]
Patricia earned her Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art with a minor in Linguistics from San Francisco State University in 2012. She has been a gallery assistant and co-curator at the Cesar Chavez Student Center Gallery at SFSU and also volunteered at Incline Gallery in San Francisco’s Mission District. Patricia has had work featured in exhibitions throughout the Bay Area, including San Francisco City Hall, The Merchant’s of Reality Gallery, Incline Gallery, The CCSC Art Gallery and the SFSU Fine Arts Department. Her personal work includes painting, drawing and sculpture that relates to exploring the natural world.

Megan Ortañez [Teaching Assistant]
Megan is a Daly City native, installation artist, and holds three Bachelor degrees in film, art history and sculpture from Sac State. For the last 5 years, Megan was fortunate to have worked as a student program assistant for Sac State’s Women’s Resource Center, PRIDE, and Multi-Cultural Center facilitating programs on topics of: social justice, media literacy, gender studies, and violence affecting youth of color. Hir practices focus on Artivism: the practice of crafting more equitable spaces/frameworks through the process of art making. Through collective art-making via the use of found, upcycled and scavenged materials – Megan aims to explore new ways of understanding more equitable + sustainable relationships between art and place in our rapidly shifting society. Megan is an intern at Aggregate Space in Oakland, California.


Board of Directors

Jarrod Jacobi [Board Treasurer]
Jarrod has been an active member of the local investment community for over 17 years. He serves as a volunteer and Board Treasurer for Green Art Workshop. He first met Elizabeth O’Connor when he was tutoring in the Art Department at the Excelsior Boys & Girls Club where she was the Art Director. Jarrod is a Financial Advisor with Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC.

Carlton Eichelberger [Board Member]
Carlton is the Area Director for Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco where he oversees the operations of three facilities: the Sunnydale, Excelsior, and Willie Mays Clubhouses.  He was a 2012 recipient of the Daniel E. Koshland Civic Unity Award from The San Francisco Foundation, one of the nation’s largest and leading philanthropic foundations.

Amy Crowson [Board Member]
Amy is the Corporate Giving Officer at San Francisco Ballet. Previously she worked in Washington, DC at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in corporate and foundation relations. Amy graduated summa cum laude from SUNY Purchase with a BA in Arts Management and was a dance major at Houston’s High School for the Performing Arts. She shares Green Arts Workshop’s passion for the arts and creativity.

Miles Epstein [Board Member]
is a practicing artist and community curator in San Francisco. His studio work includes the design of interactive furniture from uncommon materials. Miles social efforts revolve around strengthening the artist web in which we are all born.


Advisory Board 

Karyn Yandow
Karyn has been a practicing photographer in the Bay Area for over two decades. She has exhibited her photography around the Bay Area at Yerba Buena Center For The Arts, Falkirk Cultural Center, Sebastopol Center For The Arts, Berkeley Art Center, Bolinas Museum, Gallery Route One, and the Center For Photographic Arts. In addition to her art practice, Karyn has served as a volunteer and Board Member for several Bay Area arts organizations. Karyn earned her BFA degree in Printmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute.

Richard Faw
Richard has nearly two decades of experience in the consulting and investment advisory business. Before founding Setarcos Investment Advisors in 2011, he worked for a major multinational consulting firm serving as the lead advisor to institutional investors with assets totaling more than $3 billion. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from the University of the South. 

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