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.
Robert (Seymour, CT) is an artist/educator/author and developer of materials for artists. His work can be seen in numerous books, publications, museum and private collections around the world. He has taught workshops around the world and maintains an active teaching studio.
Maurie (Tulsa, OK) enjoys teaching through visual storytelling with portraits and figures at Waterworks Art Center and incorporates art in her special education classroom. She has participated in Mayfest Invitational Gallery (2018) and displays her artwork at 108 Contemporary.
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.
Dennis (Hete) Heter
Dennis (Rogers, AR) and his wife (and two dogs) live in the War Eagle area in a log home located on 40 acres of woods. He has a small stained glass business, Wizard Stained Glass, which he operates from his home.
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.
Fran (Eureka Springs, AR) earned her BSE in Art Education at the University of Arkansas. It wasn’t until years later that her passion for mosaics emerged while working under noted artist James Hubbell in San Diego. Since then she has continued her mosaic studies in Ravenna and Venice, Italy.
Chelsie (Nixa, MO) is a graphite artist who received her BA in Art Education from Lubbock Christian University. For the past 15 years, she has been creating, teaching, and promoting the arts. Chelsie’s work focuses on relationships, removing the noise, and finding the timeless beauty of a moment.
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.