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.
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.
Richard (Hot Springs, AR) graduated from the University of Central Arkansas in 1969 with a degree in art. During the past 17 years he has been teaching watercolor workshops around the country. Stephens has been awarded the 2018 Arkansas Governors Arts Award for an Individual Artist.
Preston (Eureka Springs, AR) has many years of experience in all types of welding, having set up and run his own welding business, as well as a welding shop in Kansas City area for a large manufacturing facility.
Lillian (Highlandville, MO) holds a BFA in Metals/jewelry from Missouri State University and is an art instructor for Springfield Art Museum, Springfield Regional Arts Council, and Placeworks. She teaches jewelry/metalsmithing classes through the museum and her work has been exhibited across America and in Japan.
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.
Doug (Eureka Springs, AR) has been working with his hands, in various different media, his whole life. He began building drums in 1992 and has taught many people over the years to build their own drum. He is passionate about sharing his skills with others. Those skills are wood working, glass bead-making, kayak building and pottery.
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.
Cynthia (Dardanelle, AR) was educated at Arkansas Tech University, National Park Community College. Cynthia has conducted workshops with national artists on NBC and CBS, and was a guest instructor on international cruise lines. She has been an Arkansas Arts on Tour artist since 2003 and was 2016 Artist in Residence at Hot Springs National Park. She received several awards at the Steelville, MO Plein Air Event.
Charles (Brasstown, NC) has taught woodworking at the John C. Campbell folk school since 2008, and teaches workshops nationwide on timber framing as well as woodworking. He started woodworking on his grandparents’ back porch and it has been his passion ever since.
Brenda (Durant, OK) is an accomplished pine needle and gourd artist. She creates beautiful art from gourds, pine needles, and other bits of nature. Brenda is the recipient of numerous state and national gourd art awards and exhibits nationally.