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.
Sarah (Deer Isle, ME) creates jewelry for galleries and private clients and teaches workshops around the country including Penland, Peter’s Valley, Arrowmont, Metalwerx and Idyllwild. Her work is held in private and public collections including the Arkansas Art Center. The bulk of her time is devoted to teaching art at two rural Maine elementary schools.
Laura (Des Moines, IA) has an interest in many different art forms, and has taught classes at her coffee shop and art studio – Two Sisters and Me. Laura loves to encourage and challenge her students to use their imaginations and open their minds to the endless possibilities papier mache offers.
Kip (Rogers, AR) has been turning for over 30 years, currently making small to moderate scale vessels from domestic woods. He is a co-founder of the Stateline Woodturners and has taught at ESSA and the Arkansas Craft School.
Bob Patrick and Doug Stowe
Bob (Everton, AR) is a nationally known blacksmith with professional experience since 1967. He has taught and demonstrated at regional and national conferences all over North America, and established the Big Anvil Forge School of Blacksmithing. Bob is also a founding member of the Blacksmith Association
Doug (Eureka Springs, AR) is the author of 13 books and over 90 articles in woodworking publications, including Fine Woodworking, Woodwork, and American Woodworker. Doug has spent 40 years as a professional woodworker and is one of the founders of Eureka Springs School of the Arts. In 2009, Doug was named an Arkansas Living Treasure by the Arkansas Department of Heritage.
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.
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.
Alicia (Springfield, MO) has been included and recognized in numerous national and international exhibits. She recently received signature status in the prestigious National Watercolor Society, based in Los Angeles, CA. She was commissioned to create nine large acrylic paintings for the new Museum of the Bible in Washington D.C.
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.