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.
Lillian (Highlandville, MO) holds a BFA in Metals/jewelry from Missouri State University and is an art instructor for Springfield Art Museum, Springfield Regional Arts Council, and Placeworks. She teaches jewelry/metalsmithing classes through the museum and her work has been exhibited across America and in Japan.
Brandace (Wilsonville, IL) is the Executive Director of The Macoupin Art Collective in Staunton, IL, and an accomplished ceramic artist with a bachelor of art from Webster University in St. Louis, MO.
Amanda (Canterbury, NH) is an award-winning sculptor based in New England and currently completing commissions and residencies throughout the United States. She is a recipient of the National Sculpture Society’s Dexter Jones Award for best bas-relief sculpture.
Stephen (Tulsa, OK) is a furniture maker and instructor who developed and taught classes for Tulsa Tech with an emphasis on the Shaker style. He has also delivered coursed for Northeast Tech with an emphasis on 18th century furniture, currently associated with the Woodworking Studio of Tulsa.
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.
Maurie (Tulsa, OK) enjoys teaching through visual storytelling with portraits and figures at Waterworks Art Center and incorporates art in her special education classroom. She has participated in Mayfest Invitational Gallery (2018) and displays her artwork at 108 Contemporary.
Tim (Greenville, NC) is a Professor in the Metals Design program at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. He received his BFA at Rochester Institute of Technology and his MFA at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. Tim shows his jewelry, silversmithing and furniture in both national and international exhibits.
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Dennis (Rogers, AR) and his wife (and two dogs) live in the War Eagle area in a log home located on 40 acres of woods. He has a small stained glass business, Wizard Stained Glass, which he operates from his home.
Barbara Kennedy (Eureka Springs, AR) began her journey as an artist at an early age when it was quickly noted by an elementary school teacher that she had an unusual sense of color. Vibrant color is still the focus in her detailed paintings and drawings of people and nature. Her primary mediums are oil and acrylic paints but she also uses graphite and colored pencil in her work. Kennedy is included in The Arkansas Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts 2017-2018 Artist Registry and recently received Best of Show in the 2nd Annual Arkansas Art Teacher Exhibition in Little Rock, AR.
Charles (Brasstown, NC) has taught woodworking at the John C. Campbell folk school since 2008, and teaches workshops nationwide on timber framing as well as woodworking. He started woodworking on his grandparents’ back porch and it has been his passion ever since.