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Around the Bend

Save the Date - May 12th Benefit Dinner and Concert with Pete Escovedo and his Latin Jazz Orchestra!

02/16/18

Dear Oxbow Friends,

This has been a busy and unusual school year at Oxbow. The Napa/Sonoma County fires in the fall were unprecedented in their scope and impact on the broader community. Thankfully, Oxbow came through unscathed, but that is not true of so many around us. After some winter rains, the scorched ridges are turning green very quickly, but that does not diminish the damage that was wrought. As we all watched the recent mud slides in the Santa Barbara area, we are all too aware that there may be more in store. We don't take anything for granted and are grateful for a strong school spirit and resilient community.

We welcomed OS38 students three weeks ago, and they are already deeply immersed in life at Oxbow. It is always a pleasure to greet an enthusiastic group of young people ready to dive right in.

We have a busy spring in store, so please mark your calendars for some upcoming key events.

Saturday, May 12 will be a very big day at Oxbow. The Final Show Open House for the public is from 2:00–5:00 p.m. We will also be hosting our Spring Benefit Concert that same Saturday evening. We are very pleased to announce that the legendary Pete Escovedo and his Latin Jazz Orchestra will be performing, so make sure you mark your calendars. More information will be forthcoming soon.

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 delicious sit-down dinner, or you may purchase a concert-only ticket. Dinner with concert tickets are $350 each, and concert-only tickets $125. Tickets and sponsorships can be purchased online at www.OxbowBenefit.org. Sponsorship letters with more details will be sent shortly, so keep an eye out for yours.

Leading up to the Benefit, the Robert Mondavi Winery will be hosting a curated Oxbow Visiting Artists Art Show. There will be an Opening Reception at Mondavi on Friday, April 27 from 6–8pm. In the school's 18+ year history, over 120 professional Visiting Artists have graced our program, and so far over 70 have generously donated a piece to the Works on Paper Exhibit at Mondavi in support of the Stephen Thomas Scholarship Fund. We are delighted by their generosity—we hope you can come!

We will also be offering an online Wine Auction for the two weeks leading up to the Benefit. Stay tuned for details on this special fundraiser in conjunction with the Spring Benefit.

Finally, Oxbow will be hosting an Ox-Campout overnight on campus for all Alumni June 2nd and 3rd. Alumni, please tell your friends, mark your calendars, and most importantly, COME and enjoy two days on campus! There will be Oxbow-style art projects, bbq and a special tour of the Oliver Ranch Sculpture Garden on Sunday. We will offer dorm rooms and alums may also camp on the campus for the night. Not to be missed! More details to follow.

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

Stephen Thomas
Founding Director and Head of School

Admissions

Admissions - It's Time to Apply!

02/15/18

We are accepting applications for the Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 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 www.oxbowschool.org.

Holly McVeigh
Admissions Director

Summer Camp

Summer Camp

02/14/18

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.

2018 Summer Sessions:
Session 1: June 24 - July 9
Session 2: July 15 – 30
Coed | Ages: 14-16

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

Susan Lynn Smith
Summer Camp Director

Employment

Summer Camp 2018 Position

02/12/18

Digital Media Faculty  - 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, camp@oxbowschool.org. 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 was 2/4/18 but we will continue to accept applications for this position until it is filled.

•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.

Artists In Residence

Kathleen Henderson

02/10/18

Artist Kathleen Henderson will be joining our faculty for Spring 2018 to work with students on projects.

Artist Biography

Kathleen Henderson is a visual artist living and working in the Bay Area.

Oscillating between fascination and apprehension Henderson’s work illuminates our struggle to make sense of a senseless world with an expansive body of work that includes drawing, painting, and sculpture.

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Artists In Residence

Harrell Fletcher

02/09/18

Artist Harrell Fletcher will be joining our faculty for Spring 2018 to work with students on projects.

Artist Biography

Harrell Fletcher received his BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and his MFA from the California College of the Arts. He studied organic farming at UCSC and went on to work on a variety of small Community Supported Agriculture farms, which impacted his work as an artist. Fletcher has produced a wide variety of socially engaged collaborative and interdisciplinary projects since the early 1990’s. 

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News + Notes

Call for Alumni Art!

03/14/17

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 jason@oxbowschool.org with the following information:

- FULL NAME
- OS__
- TITLE
- MEDIUM
- SIZE
- PRICE

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 jason@oxbowschool.org

Around the Bend

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

03/13/17

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

02/28/17

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.

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