EUREKA SPRINGS SCHOOL OF THE ARTS
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.
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.
Nan (Sparta, TN) earned a BA in art education from Pasadena College in 1970 and an MLAS from Vanderbilt in 2000. She taught high school art in public schools, and worked as Director of Education for the Cheekwood Fine Arts Center and Botanical Gardens. Nan is a full-time studio artist, and exhibiting member of the Southern Highland Guild, Foothills Guild and Piedmont Guild with work in galleries throughout the Southeast.
Abraham (Sparta, TN) has been forging functional and art objects since 2006. He holds a BFA in Metals from the Appalachian Center for Craft where he has taught various workshops. He has exhibited his work throughout the country and has been running Pardee Metal LLC, full-time since 2016.
Joe (Strafford, MO) started welding and working with metal at age 13, and found a way to turn his industrial experience into an art form. He has been represented by art galleries throughout Missouri and has sculptures in municipal shows in Missouri, Illinois and Iowa.
Vic (St. Louis, MO) a professional artist for over thirty-five years, is co-owner of Green Door Art Gallery in Webster Groves, Missouri. She founded the Gateway Pastel Artists in 1998, an affiliate of the International Association of Pastel Artists. Her work has received numerous awards and has been in museums and galleries.
Alice (West Fork, AR) earned her BS from the University of Minnesota in Applied Design with a minor in Tailoring and Clothing Construction. She has taught both children and adults for over 20 years, has served on numerous judging panels and art committees, and has participated in many collaborative projects that have been shown around the US. Alice is also the owner and maker of Itty Bitty Boots, handmade cowboy boots for babies, which are the official baby gift of BMI records in Nashville.
Judy (Piqua, OH) has been turning wood full time since 1985, and has taught classes across the US and Canada for nearly thirty years. She has written two books and many articles on woodturning.
Emily (Tulsa, OK) is a paper artist working in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Her sewn paper garments and layered cut paper scenes explore ideas about identity, memory and myth. She is a 2013 Windgate Fellow and is currently a Tulsa Artist Fellow.
Dale (Roland, AR) began blacksmithing 10 years ago with a class at a local university. He has always enjoyed bringing new knowledge to those that are searching for it and mixes fun with information.