Meredith Essex

Primary Discipline: Visual Arts

  • Into Light, oil on panel (cropped)
    Into Light, oil on panel (cropped)
  • Icon, oil on panel (cropped)
    Icon, oil on panel (cropped)
  • Floating Hills, oil on panel (cropped)
    Floating Hills, oil on panel (cropped)
  • Spirits, oil on panel (cropped)
    Spirits, oil on panel (cropped)

Areas of Specialty: Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture

Based in: Port Orchard

Phone: 360.551.5954




Meredith Essex is a visual artist who has exhibited her art throughout the region for over 30 years. She has inspired many people to discover their creative selves and find confidence in making and teaching art. She has a long history as a teaching artist, teacher, and teaching artist trainer, and mentor. She has been lead visual artist for Arts Impact, an organization that trains teachers to teach the arts, since its inception 19 years ago.

She serves several organizations including the Washington State Arts Commission, ArtsEd Washington and Port Townsend's P.T. Artscape. She has written art and art-infused curriculum materials for the Lake Washington, Tacoma, Enumclaw and South Kitsap school districts, as well as the Idaho Commission on the Arts, Tacoma Art Museum, Museum of Glass, and the Washington State History Museum. In 2012, she designed and piloted the City of Tacoma's Arts EnviroChallenger program: A visual art, science and environmental sustainability residency program for grades K-5 students in Tacoma Schools. She also teaches Elementary Visual Art in the Masters in Education program at the University of Puget Sound.


Suitable for Grades: K-12

Preferred Grades: K-8

Curriculum Integration Possibilities: Reading, Writing, Math, Science, Social Studies, Other Arts Disciplines

Additional Interests/Experience:

  • Leading Professional Development workshops for K-12 Teachers
  • Working with at risk students

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