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.
Dawn (Holiday Island, AR) is an interdisciplinary artist whose work combines photography, printmaking, painting, encaustic, sculpture and found objects. She received her Ph.D. in Arts Education and a MA in Printmaking from New York University and has been a university art professor for the past 20 years teaching art history, design and studio courses. Dawn has been the recipient of several grants for advanced study including a recent workshop on Digital Printmaking in Santa Fe, NM.
Kimberly (Cookville, TN) is an Associate Professor of Art with a BFA in Ceramics and an MFA in Furniture Design. She has taught at Penland School of Crafts, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Anderson Ranch Art Center, The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship and the Appalachian Center for Craft.
Alicia (Springfield, MO) has been included and recognized in numerous national and international exhibits. She recently received signature status in the prestigious National Watercolor Society, based in Los Angeles, CA. She was commissioned to create nine large acrylic paintings for the new Museum of the Bible in Washington D.C.
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.
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.
Marlene (Hot Springs Village, AR) has been an artist for 35 years. She creates in oil, pastel, watercolor, collage, glass and jewelry. She enjoys experimenting and says, “It sort of reminds me of being a child at play. I just enjoy having fun along with it being therapeutic for me.
Eleanor (Eureka Springs, Arkansas) is a studio artist using primarily weaving and beading techniques to create her sculptures and wall pieces. Her work is in the Arkansas Arts Center. She has taught in the United States, Mexico, and West Africa. You may see her work in 500 Beaded Objects and Masters of Bead Weaving.
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.