Never a dull moment — always something exciting going on at Oxbow, both on and off campus.


2019 Oxbow Summer Art Camp - Apply Now for Counselor, Teaching Assistant/Social Media Intern, & Sculpture Faculty Positions


Oxbow Summer Art Camp was founded in 2004 for rising 9th-12 graders. 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 is the teaching assistant intern who may live locally and be available minimum of 5 hours per day. These interns positions include stipends and meals will be provided. *Please note that the minimum age requirement for a staff position 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 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:  

The Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter by email by the PRIORITY DEADLINE of 1/25/19 to: After that date, applications will be accepted until each position is filled.  

•Please write the subject line of the email as follows:
OSAC 2019 - "Position Applying For Application - "Your Full Name."
(I.e. OSAC 2019 - Faculty Application - Sarah Clarke)  

•Please attach your resume and cover letter to your email 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.


Math Teacher


The Math Teacher is a full-time residential faculty member responsible for all aspects of the Oxbow math program, from curriculum design to implementation and grading. Because Oxbow is an immersive one-semester program, students come to the math program with a wide range of math experience and needs. The Math Teacher is also expected to work with students, parents, and sending school math departments in placing Oxbow students in the correct math class. This involves communicating with these constituents before and during a student’s enrollment at Oxbow. Oxbow is a boarding school that welcomes students from a range of backgrounds; this position carries important residential responsibilities that relate to community building, advising, and overall supervision of student safety and welfare.



  • Implement an innovative curriculum that covers topics found in traditional high school junior/senior year math courses: Algebra II, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus (including AP levels), and Statistics
  • Coach students through an independent, research-based project that applies mathematical concepts to “real world” problems
  • Administer homework, tests, and quizzes
  • Assess student work with a letter grade and narrative feedback (at the mid-term and final)
  • Hold weekly office hours for 1:1 supplemental tutoring sessions
  • Correspond with students, parents, and sending school math departments to place Oxbow students in the appropriate math level


  • The full-time faculty workload consists of: teaching a combination of classes; leading weekly exercise activities; supervising students with regularly scheduled duty rotations in the evening and on the weekends; and fulfilling some administrative responsibilities. The final determination of the workload will be made by the Head of School in accordance with the needs of the curricular demands and the overall schedule.
  • In addition to the teaching workload, all full-time faculty members are expected to serve as an advisor and participate in field trips and community building activities.
  • Faculty members are expected to attend weekly staff meetings, the off-campus student retreat weekend, and orientation meetings. Summer vacation begins one full week after the conclusion of the Spring semester. Returning faculty are expected to report to work, following summer vacation, one full week prior to the start of the Fall semester.
  • The person who best fits this role is someone who has a solid background in math, strong interpersonal skills, and is genuinely invested in working with creative adolescents and colleagues in a boarding school setting. The period of employment is for the entire academic year (mid-August to June 1st).
  • Salary is commensurate with experience. Full-time faculty live on-campus in housing provided by the School.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to Michael Williamson, Head of School at Please do not call.


Around the Bend

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


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 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 - It's Time to Apply!


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

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.

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

Susan Lynn Smith
Summer Camp Director

Artists In Residence

Kathleen Henderson


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


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!


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

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

A School Like No Other