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Summer Camp 2018 Positions


Assistant Director, Faculty, Counselor, and Intern Positions Available - Oxbow Summer Art Camp

Since 1999, The Oxbow School has offered a one-semester, visual arts-based program for high school juniors and seniors. In 2004, Oxbow added a unique summer camp program, Oxbow Summer Art Camp, for youth ages 14-16. The camp features high-level professional art instruction using an interdisciplinary approach consisting of short-term projects, a personal final project, field trips, and co-curricular activities.

As a residential program, staff members are involved with the students throughout the entire day, both inside and outside the studios. Staff members must be willing to make a full-time commitment to the students during the course of the camp and accept the demands this will place on their time and attention. All staff reside on campus mid-June through early August. These are paid positions and room and board is provided. The exceptions to this are the teaching assistant interns who must live locally and be available minimum of 5 hours/day. These interns positions include stipends and meals will be provided. *Please note that the minimum staff age requirement is 20, and 19 for interns.

Preference will be given to applicants who meet the following:  

• You are passionate about art!

• You enjoy working with teens and have prior teaching or leadership experience in a school or camp setting.  

• You are able to make a full-time commitment to the program and bring a high level of participation to camp for the duration of the program.  

• You have a college degree (or are currently seeking a degree) in art, youth development, or teaching, and/or have a career in the arts.  

• You thrive in intense environments, are conscientious, willing to work hard, and are committed to the safety, well-being, and growth of each member of the camp community.  

To Apply:  

Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter by email to:

Susan Lynn Smith, Camp Director, Applications will be accepted until each position is filled. After this date, please check the Oxbow’s website for a list of open positions. The priority deadline to apply is 2/4/18.

•Please write the subject line of the email as follows:

OSAC 2018 - "Position Applying For" Application - "Your Full Name."

(I.e. OSAC 2018 - Counselor Application - Sarah Clarke)  

•Please submit your resume and cover letter according to the following conventions:  

"Last Name-Resume" and "Last Name-Cover Letter"

(I.e. Clark-Resume & Clark-Cover Letter)  

*Only applicants who follow these application instructions will be considered. Please do not call.

News + Notes

Call for Alumni Art!


Remember how much the community enjoyed seeing the results of your semester at your Final Show? This year we would like to showcase ALUMNI ART during our final show weekend as well!

This spring, for the first time ever, Oxbow is hosting its annual fundraiser the evening of OS36's Final Show on Saturday, May 13th, 2017. What could be better than checking out student art by day, and then venturing over to The CIA at Copia nearby for Oxbow's Benefit Concert where we will display and sell ALUMNI ART!

If you are interested in participating, here are the details:

1) This will be a curated show. We are limited to how many pieces we can display. Ideally, you would be able to attend and talk about your work on display, though if you cannot attend we will still consider your piece(s). This will be a fantastic, well-attended event, and will include an exclusive live performance by the legendary Boz Scaggs. If your art is selected as part of the exhibition, we will take care of your concert ticket.

2) Please submit your work (any medium) by emailing .jpeg files to with the following information:

- OS__

Name the price you'd like to sell your art for! We simply ask that 20% of the sale price be donated to The Oxbow School scholarship fund. Please feel free to submit multiple pieces. We will continue accepting work through April 10th. After April 10th, submissions will be closed and we will email to notify you if we've selected your work.

3) Oxbow will cover shipping for pieces up to 11"x14"x2" framed. If you plan to submit something larger, you will need to arrange for your own shipping.

Questions can be sent to


Admissions - It's Time to Apply!


We are accepting applications for the Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 semesters during our Rolling Admissions until both semesters are full.

Most students and their families hear about Oxbow from alumni! So Ox-bohemians please spread the Ox-word to friends and neighbors. You can also help by setting up a presentation about your Oxbow experience at your high school!

If you or someone you know is interested in applying to Oxbow our application information can be found on the Admissions tab on our website at

Holly McVeigh
Admissions Director

Summer Camp

Summer Camp


Ready to live an artful life in Napa Valley this summer?

Join our community of passionate teachers, learners, and creators this summer at Oxbow. Through both guided and self-directed projects, you will experiment with a wide variety of media and concepts. Our 16-day sessions will inspire you to discover and develop your creative practice and sense of self.

2017 Summer Sessions:
Session 1: June 25 - July 10
Session 2: July 16 – 31
Coed | Ages: 14-16

Additional camp details and registration can be found under the Summer tab on the school website at

Susan Lynn Smith
Summer Camp Director

Around the Bend

Save the Date - May 13 Benefit Concert with Boz Scaggs!


Dear Oxbow Friends,

It's been a couple of months since you have heard from me; lots has been going on, including welcoming OS36 in January. They are now well into the Fortune Cookie project, and are delighted some sunshine has finally arrived after all the crazy rain this winter. Students thoroughly enjoyed Visiting Artist Hung Liu and Jeff Kelley’s recent residency where she worked closely with students on large-format paintings of tiny objects, and Jeff delivered a series of college-level slide lectures on contemporary art history. As some of you will remember, Hung was our very first resident artist, working in a building on the fairgrounds since the studios were not even built!

Saturday, May 13 will be a very big day at Oxbow. The Final Show Open House for the public is from 2:00-5:00 p.m. (OS36 families, watch your email for details on the plan for the morning which will be sent soon.)

And, as I hope you have heard by now, we are holding our Spring Benefit Concert that same Saturday evening. We are very pleased that the legendary Boz Scaggs will be performing, so make sure you mark your calendars. Boz performed at an Oxbow benefit many years ago now, and he was fabulous! We are delighted he's willing to return.

The Benefit Concert is at 6:00pm, a short walk from Oxbow at The CIA at Copia where guests will enjoy refreshments and have the option to partake of a buffet dinner at seated reserved tables, or purchase a concert-only ticket. Dinner with concert tickets are $350 each, and concert-only tickets $125. Printed invitations will be sent early April, so keep an eye out for yours. We will also host a curated Oxbow Alumni Art Show in the foyer of The CIA at Copia, which will allow guests to see both the immediate impact of an Oxbow experience at Final Show, and what can happen after students graduate from our wonderful program.

Finally, you may have heard back in the fall about our idea to leverage Oxbow's beautiful campus and prime location for the BottleRock music festival on Memorial Day Weekend, May 26-28 . The idea came to fruition thanks to unanimous approval by the Napa Planning Commission. We will be setting up 16 deluxe safari-style tents for 32 guests who will enjoy private wine tours in the mornings, rock out all afternoon and evening at the festival with 3-day VIP passes, and stay within a stone's throw to the entrance to the festival venue. All of the tents sold out within 24 hours for $10K each which makes this a fantastic fundraiser in support of Oxbow's scholarship fund.

I hope this newsletter finds you in good health and fine spirit, and I look forward to seeing many of you on campus in May.

Warm regards,
Stephen Thomas, Head of School

Faculty and Staff

Chris Thorson


Chris Thorson and Maria Forde's two person exhibition entitled "Strange Reprise" was at the new visual arts exhibition space state in the Mission District of San Francisco. 

"Strange Reprise examines the artistic production of two artists who engage with the history of popular culture and its potential to shape personal and cultural identities. Forde will present her new series, Western Drawings, and Chris Thorson will be showing new work from her Tabula Rasa and Internal Monologue series." Read full press release

Chris Thorson is Oxbow School's Painting faculty.

Artists In Residence

Caroline Woolard


Artist Caroline Woolard will be joining our faculty for Fall 2016 to work with students on projects.

Artist Biography

Caroline Woolard makes art and infrastructures for the solidarity economy. Her method enjoins objects to their contexts of circulation. Woolard builds sculptures for barter only as she also creates international barter networks that continue to grow; she fabricates model Shaker housing and she also convenes organizers of community land trusts. 

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Artists In Residence

Tucker Nichols


Artist Tucker Nichols will be joining our faculty for Fall 2016 to work with students on projects. You can join us for a lecture with Nichols:

Date: Tuesday, September 27, 2016 7:00 - 8:30PM
Locationi: The CIA at Copia Theater, 500 First Street, Napa, CA

Artist Biography

Tucker Nichols is an artist based in Northern California. His work has been featured at the Drawing Center in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Denver Art Museum, Den Frie Museum in Copenhagen, and the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.

His drawings have been published in McSweeney's, The Thing Quarterly, Nieves Books and the Op-Ed pages of The New York Times. He is co-author of the books, Crabtree and This Bridge Will Not Be Gray.

He is represented by ZieherSmith in New York and Gallery 16 in San Francisco.

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