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.
Stephen (Tulsa, OK) is a furniture maker and instructor who developed and taught classes for Tulsa Tech with an emphasis on the Shaker style. He has also delivered coursed for Northeast Tech with an emphasis on 18th century furniture, currently associated with the Woodworking Studio of Tulsa.
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.
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.
Kurt (Henrietta, NY) has 20 years of woodturning experience, 175 internationally published articles, and has delivered 100s of demos and classes. He enjoys the entire continuum of woodturning. A frequent instructor on all facets of woodturning, he’s well known for pens, ornaments, and lidded boxes.
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.
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.
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.