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.
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.
Cathrin Yoder & Sheri Cunningham
Sheri and Cathrin (Berryville, AR) are co-owners at Arts of Mud clay studio. Sheri has a BA degree in Pottery and Ceramics with experience as a studio artist and teacher. Cathrin has a MA degree in Humanities with an emphasis in Art and Technology. She has extensive teaching experience and is currently a studio artist. Both have exhibited in numerous galleries throughout the US.
Nick (Knoxville, TN) is an artist, educator, and arts administrator. He received his MFA from Arizona State University, and a MS and BFA from the University of Tennessee. He exhibits nationally and has also taught workshops at Penland School of Crafts, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, East Carolina University and the University of Louisville. Currently, Nick is the Program Director at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Tennessee and works on his fiber art practice from his home studio.
Anne (Pawlet, VT ) has been an independent studio artist for 17 years and has work included in numerous exhibitions, collections and publications. During 2018 work was included in three invitational international exhibitions, including Blaze in Taiwan. Anne is currently treasurer of The Enamelist Society, Pocosin Arts, and Enamel Guild North East.
Shawna (Fayetteville, AR) is an award winning and nationally selling artist and author from Northwest Arkansas. She has taught art and creativity workshops since 2010. Shawna’s workbook, “Be A Creative Badass: 52 Whole-Life Activities to Boost Your Creativity,” is available on Amazon.
Bert (Bentonville, AR) started his interest in blacksmithing while attending the grand opening of ESSA’s blacksmithing studio in 2014. He now has his own forging shop, The Smithin’ Jones Backyard Blacksmith Company, and is an active member of The Blacksmithing Organization of Arkansas. Bert joined ESSA’s Board of Directors in 2016. He also owns Gaskin’s Cabin Steakhouse in the Eureka Springs area.
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.
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.
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.
Kathyrn (Wanchese, NC) is an enamellist, metalsmith and Associate Professor at the College of the Albemarie. She received an MFA in metal design/jewelry from East Carolina University, Greenville, NC. Her work is featured in publications including Art of Enamel and Metalsmith magazine.