Lauren Verdugo

Lauren Verdugo

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Lauren is a South­ern Cali­for­nia based artist and wood­worker. She received her AA in Arts and Human­i­ties from Chaffey College in 2017 and in 2021, completed her BA in Applied Design at San Diego State Univer­sity with an empha­sis in Furni­ture Design and Woodworking.

Start­ing in 2012, she served as a “Maloof Teen” Intern and quickly became the Art Educa­tion Assis­tant at the Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foun­da­tion for Arts and Crafts. In 2016, Lauren added work­shop assis­tant to her title. Since 2017, she has worked as an appren­tice to master crafts­man Larry White, Sam Maloof’s first employee circa 1962. She now leads women's workshops at The Maloof Foundation. She is a recip­i­ent of a 2020 Cali­for­nia Arts Council grant, an Art Council Award from the School of Art and Design at San Diego State University, and has been featured in various South­ern Cali­for­nia based art publi­ca­tions includ­ing Wood­worker West Magazine and Curious Publishing.