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.
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.
Victoria (Arvada, CO) Combining the old Renaissance art of blacksmithing with today’s tools and welding technology has been Victoria’s ultimate union in making steel sculpture for the past 20 years. Her focus has been on creating public art sculptures that can be found in municipalities and parks nationally.
Maureen Alexander (Eureka Springs, Arkansas). Maureen has called Eureka Springs home for over 10 years and has been creating stained glassworks for over 30 years. She explains that mosaics give her the freedom to create the images in her mind easier than traditional stained glass.
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.
Robert (Seymour, CT) is an artist/educator/author and developer of materials for artists. His work can be seen in numerous books, publications, museum and private collections around the world. He has taught workshops around the world and maintains an active teaching studio.
Gary (Birmingham, AL) is a Professor of Art, University of Alabama at Birmingham, has had over 60 solo exhibitions and 12 of his paintings are in 10 different museum collections.
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.
Kate Koprowski (Lexington KY) is a self-taught fiber artist with a background in education. She has taught felting workshops locally in Kentucky and is a member in good standing of the Berea Arts Guild of KY. Her work has been featured many times on-line by sites like Bored Panda, ThinkGeek, Geekology, Fashionably Geek and others.
Billy (Jenkins MO) is a second-generation white oak basket maker from the Ozark hills of southwest Missouri. Billy teaches the Ozark traditions of white oak basket making in conventions and workshops all over the country.