EUREKA SPRINGS SCHOOL OF THE ARTS
In the belief that art is vital to the human spirit, we are committed to cultivating, promoting and encouraging artistic expression by providing art education opportunities in a unique environment of beauty and creativity.
This year, the Eureka Springs School of the Arts celebrates 20 years! When ESSA began in 1998, we were a school without walls, with passionate local artists offering up their studios to support workshops. A few years later, ESSA moved into a small campus with one building and an acre of land. Today, ESSA has grown into a 55-acre campus with seven teaching studios located in the beautiful Ozark Mountains of Northwest Arkansas.
|Date: March 28-May 2, 2019|
Dan (Eureka Springs, AR) is a multi-talented artist with a background in watercolor, charcoal, paper mache and metal sculpture. A Little Rock, Arkansas native, Dan has attended six different art colleges over his career, including the San Francisco Art Institute and Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. Dan has his BFA in Metal Arts from Millersville University in Lancaster, PA.
Spencer Meagher (Mt. Vernon, IL) is a plein air and studio painter whose subjects focus on our contemporary world. Spencer has won awards in many regional and national shows and he was a recently featured artist in Plein Air Magazine.
William (Waltham, MA) is a Boston based artist working who utilizes traditional silversmithing to create strictly unusual jewelry. William earned his BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art in 2012, and his MFA in 2016 from the University of Massachusetts: Dartmouth.
Nick (Knoxville, TN) is an artist, educator, and arts administrator. He received his MFA from Arizona State University, and a MS and BFA from the University of Tennessee. He exhibits nationally and has also taught workshops at Penland School of Crafts, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, East Carolina University and the University of Louisville. Currently, Nick is the Program Director at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Tennessee and works on his fiber art practice from his home studio.
Chelsie (Nixa, MO) is a graphite artist who received her BA in Art Education from Lubbock Christian University. For the past 15 years, she has been creating, teaching, and promoting the arts. Chelsie’s work focuses on relationships, removing the noise, and finding the timeless beauty of a moment.
Nyle (Ethel, MO) holds a BFA in drawing & painting from University of Central Missouri. Residing in Ethel, Missouri, he divides his time between studio and plein air painting, as well as teaching. Nyle’s work has garnered several awards in both regional and national competitions.
Julie Hop (Rogers, AR) earned her BFA in Painting and Drawing from Columbia College, Chicago. She has been a muralist and has participated in exhibits in Chicago, New Orleans and Eureka Springs. Julie has designed and implemented art classes for children, teens and adults and has experience as a public school teacher. She is currently Program Coordinator at ESSA.
Kathyrn (Wanchese, NC) is an enamellist, metalsmith and Associate Professor at the College of the Albemarie. She received an MFA in metal design/jewelry from East Carolina University, Greenville, NC. Her work is featured in publications including Art of Enamel and Metalsmith magazine.
Brenda (Durant, OK) is an accomplished pine needle and gourd artist. She creates beautiful art from gourds, pine needles, and other bits of nature. Brenda is the recipient of numerous state and national gourd art awards and exhibits nationally.
Shawna (Fayetteville, AR) is an award winning and nationally selling artist and author from Northwest Arkansas. She has taught art and creativity workshops since 2010. Shawna’s workbook, “Be A Creative Badass: 52 Whole-Life Activities to Boost Your Creativity,” is available on Amazon.