Eureka Springs School of the Arts

Residency Programs at ESSA

2024 Residency Opportunities

The Eureka Springs School of the Arts offers residency opportunities for artists who are seeking focused time to refine their skills, create work, and/or explore new avenues within their medium. 

This is an opportunity to be inspired by the incredible natural beauty and unique culture of the Ozark Mountains. ESSA is located on an idyllic forested campus 5 miles west of the renowned artist community of Eureka Springs, and within an hour drive of the major cultural institutions of Northwest Arkansas, such as Crystal bridges, The Momentary, the Walton Arts Center, etc. The ESSA campus offers well equipped studios and facilities and comfortable private lodging for our artists in residence, tucked away from the distractions of the outside world.

Selected residents are provided access to ESSA studios, on-campus lodging, an opportunity (not required) to sell their work at a closing reception, and other benefits. 

If you would like to be notified when new residency opportunities arise, or for questions about our residency program, contact ESSA’s Program Manager at program@essa-art.org

2024 Ceramics Residency

The Eureka Springs School of the arts is looking for practicing ceramics artists who are seeking focused time to refine their skills, create work and/or explore new avenues within their medium.

  • The 2024 ESSA ceramics residency will span approximately 6 weeks from May 1, 2024, through June 15, 2024.
  • Up to two participants will be selected.
  • Participant(s) will receive a $500 stipend and on-site lodging (see Residency Details for more information).
  • The deadline for submissions is February 15, 2024 by 5 pm (CST), and successful applicants will be notified by March 1, 2024. 
  • Submit application materials via email to program@essa-art.org 
  • View the documents linked below for more information and to apply.

2024 Ceramics Residency Details
2024 Ceramics Residency Application (PDF)   or  2024 Ceramics Residency Application (Word Doc)
ESSA Ceramics Studio Details

2024 Mentored Woodworking Residency with Doug Stowe

The Eureka Springs School of the Arts is looking for practicing woodworkers seeking focused time to refine their skills, create work, and/or explore new avenues within their medium for a Mentored Residency under Master Woodcrafter, Doug Stowe.                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

  • The 2024 Mentored Woodworking Residency will span 2 weeks from June 17 to June 29, 2024, with a required orientation on June 16, 2024.
  • Up to 6 participants will be selected.
  • Participants pay a $1,200 fee, which includes on-site lodging (see Residency Details for more information). A limited number of scholarships will be awarded. Indicate your interest in receiving scholarship funds by checking the appropriate box on the application form.
  • The deadline for submissions is March 29, 2024, by 5 pm (CST), and successful applicants will be notified by April 17, 2024.
  • Submit application materials via email to program@essa-art.org 
  • View the documents linked below for more information and to apply.

2024 Mentored Woodworking Residency Details

Application Form (PDF) 

Application Form (Word Doc)