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.
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.
Edward (Eureka Springs, AR) is a professional photographer utilizing cutting edge techniques to capture the spirit of the Midwest landscape. Edward’s work has been featured in numerous publications and in 12 coffee table books. Clients include Bass Pro Shops, Sierra Club, and Crystal Bridges Museum of Art. He also owns the Sacred Earth Gallery next door to ESSA!
Misty (Palos Verdes Estates, CA) is a celebrated artist and educator. She has been widely published and her work is exhibited both nationally and internationally. Teaching and residencies: Kansas City Art Institute, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts, Vermont Studio Center, CRETA Rome, SACI Florence, and Studio Nong International Sculpture Collective.
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.
Mary (Eureka Springs, AR) is a sculptor and painter with a BFA from the Memphis College of Art and is one of the founders of Eureka Springs School of the Arts. She has taught and attended many workshops in different artistic disciplines and spiritual philosophies with master practitioners from India to France. Mary took a Master Class with internationally known figure painter Philip Pearlstein at the Corcoran, in Washington, D.C.
Mary (Everton, MO) enjoys many forms of art – from Indian beadwork, to basketry, to spinning and weaving rugs and mosaic glass work. She has decorated her home with full walls of mosaic glass.
Bill (Memphis, TN) is a working artist/blacksmith, and professor of Metal Arts and Sculpture at Memphis College of Art. He earned a MA in Blacksmithing from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and has a BFA from Memphis College of Art.
Scott (Loveland, CO) has been in the metal working business full time since 1990. He has been leading workshops and classes and working with students on a 1 to 1 basis in his blacksmith shop for the last 12 years.
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.
Cheri (Elkins, AR) grew up in Texas and graduated from the University of North Texas with a BFA, and moved to the Ozark Mountains in 1999. Cheri has been working with stained glass since 1994, and combining glass with tree roots since 2001. Cheri has displayer her work in the Art Expo’s in New York and Las Vegas, the Burning Man Festival in Nevada, and in Chicago, Texas, and Arkansas.