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.
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.
Amy (Fayetteville, AR) is an acrylic painter who focuses on both colorful figures and animals. Amy has taught sold out workshops at multiple locations including ESSA and Crystal Bridges Museum, and she has a studio at the Art Ventures Gallery.
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.
Billy (Jenkins MO) is a second-generation white oak basket maker from the Ozark hills of southwest Missouri. Billy teaches the Ozark traditions of white oak basket making in conventions and workshops all over the country.
Tonya (Ocean Grove, NJ) is a painter focused on methods that stifle impulse, embrace boredom, and forces self-awareness. Lee has exhibited her work throughout the U.S. and has an extensive background in higher and adult education at Penland School of Crafts and other institutions. A native of Florida, she was raised on the salt of the Atlantic foam by a shark’s tooth hunter and a mythmaker.
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.
Sally (Broadview Heights, OH) is a retired secondary and college art instructor. She currently teaches painting and drawing at a regional art center in Ohio. She is a signature member of numerous art organizations including the Ohio Watercolor Society, the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, and the Whiskey Painters of America, among others, and has had several solo exhibitions and won many awards for her paintings.
Matthew (Wolcott, CT), ABS Journeyman smith and Forged in Fire Champion, has been a full-time smith since 1998 specializing in historical blades and culinary knives. He has won several awards for his knives, has written for Knife Magazine and had his work featured in many publications. Matthew has taught bladesmithing throughout the US since 2007 and is a partner in Falling Hammer productions and its subsidiary Dragons Breath Forge.
Ed (Melbourne, AR) has been exploring the wilds of Arkansas most of his life, and almost always with a camera in hand. After 34 years as a music educator, he retired to the Ozark hills with more time to concentrate on his photography. Ed is currently President of the Arkansas Craft Guild, Instructor for the Arkansas Craft School, and has been an artist on the Off The Beaten Path Studio Tour for 15 years.
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.