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.
Kathyrn (Wanchese, NC) is an enamellist, metalsmith and Associate Professor at the College of the Albemarie. She received an MFA in metal design/jewelry from East Carolina University, Greenville, NC. Her work is featured in publications including Art of Enamel and Metalsmith magazine.
Dale (Roland, AR) began blacksmithing 10 years ago with a class at a local university. He has always enjoyed bringing new knowledge to those that are searching for it and mixes fun with information.
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.
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.
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.
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.
William (Waltham, MA) is a Boston based artist working who utilizes traditional silversmithing to create strictly unusual jewelry. William earned his BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art in 2012, and his MFA in 2016 from the University of Massachusetts: Dartmouth.
Doug Stowe (Eureka Springs, AR) is the author of 10 books and over 75 articles on 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 the Eureka Springs School of the Arts. In 2009, Doug was named an Arkansas Living Treasure by the Arkansas Department of Heritage.
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.