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Around the Bend

Around the Bend - October 2019



“How can I be a more authentic person? What does it mean to be a steward for the environment? How can an arts practice promote social justice?” As I walk through the classes today, these questions float in the air, infusing the community with vibrant, energized possibilities. Oxbow students are shifting their inward selves externally, marking a pivotal turning point in the semester in which students begin to articulate what they stand for in life and, more important, how they are going to give shape to those values as active, responsible citizens in the world.

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News + Notes

Annual Gratitude Report


More than $730,000 in student scholarship awards was provided in FY 2019! We are truly grateful for the generous support of our many donors from across the globe and the significant impact their contributions make on the lives of Oxbow students. Our commitment to creating opportunities for all students to create, grow, and thrive would not be possible without them.

See full FY2019 Annual Report HERE

News + Notes

Annual Student Scholarship Fund


Did you know that nearly half of all students who have attended Oxbow received scholarship support? YOUR contributions to our Annual Scholarship Fund really do make a difference in a student’s life. No gift is too small as every gift combined allows the school to continue providing an extraordinary experience to ALL talented and deserving students. Look for our Annual Scholarship Fund letter in your mailbox or make a tax-deductible donation online at any time.

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Faculty and Staff

Chris Thorson's Solo Exhibition opens at Ampersand International Arts in San Francisco


Chris Thorson's solo exhibition Long Term Relationships opens at Ampersand International Arts gallery at 1001 Tennessee Street (between 20th and 22th Streets) in San Francisco on October 17, 2019 and runs through November 15, 2019. The opening reception is on October 17th from 6 – 9pm.

Chris Thorson is Oxbow School's Dean of Arts Practice and Painting Instructor.

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Admissions - It's Time to Apply!


The Oxbow School still has a few spots available for the upcoming Spring 2020 Semester! If you are interested in attending Oxbow this spring, please be sure to complete your Oxbow Application soon as space is limited.

We have also now begun accepting applications for the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 Semesters. This year's priority application date will be Monday, February 17th. Students who complete their Oxbow applications by our priority date have the best chance of being accepted and of receiving scholarships and financial aid. APPLY NOW

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Around the Bend

Around-the-Bend - September 2019


As we welcome 39 vibrant students from across the country, I am struck by the excitement that comes with the start of the school year. Having been in education for my entire life, my sense of time is inextricably tied to the school calendar. Call me nostalgic, but I long for the opening of the school year.

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In the Studios

Youth Strike for Climate Justice


OS41 students created a strong message in their video to promote and prepare for the Global Climate Strike. On Friday, September 20th of the global climate strike, all Oxbow students and staff will walk out of school at 2pm here in Napa to protest for laws to be put in place to get to zero carbon emissions by 2030. Two Oxbow students (Carter Dettmer and Zwena Gray) will speak at the protest alongside students from local high schools, community members, and political figures here in the city. After the strike, Oxbow students will participate in the rest of the climate week activities and are hosting a community art event. Youth are not only the face of this powerful movement, but also the voice, as we fight for our future.

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