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

News + Notes

That's a Wrap!


The Oxbow Benefit Dinner at Hudson Ranch winery on Saturday, May 11 was an enormous success - we raised over $100,000 for student scholarships! We'd like to extend a giant THANK YOU to all of you who volunteered, attended, and donated -- such huge efforts to make this evening so special. The vibe was fun, intimate and elegant...we couldn't have hoped for better (the beaming sunshine in Carneros was an additional gift!) Our benefit event could not have happened without the generous support of Lee & Cristina Hudson of Hudson Ranch winery, Curtis diFede of Miminashi restaurant, Liam & Diana Callahan of Bellwether Farms, Trustee Robert Sinskey of Robert Sinskey Vineyards, Llisa Demetrios of Eames Office, local neon artist Meryl Pataky, and all of our wonderful sponsors. In addition, we have many individuals and wineries who donated for our online and silent auctions, for which we are grateful. We are truly humbled to have such loyal support for our school - all of you made our weekend absolutely delightful. And lastly, to Jordan Felling and her Pollinate Brand team, for an amazing job of event production. Oxbow thanks you all!

News + Notes

Oxbow Students Rally for Climate Change


Napa students rallied for climate change action on March 15. The event was featured in the Napa Register article Climate Matters: Youth Speak out on Climate Change by reporter Chris Benz in the April 7, 2019 issue.

"Shira Sadeh, 17, and Bailey Thompson, 18, both students at the Oxbow School, were the principal organizers of Napa’s student rally. They learned about climate change through Oxbow’s Environmental Science class taught by Alex Keilty.

“We were interested in participating in the Youth Strike, but there was no local event. We’re both interested in social change so we decided to hold a rally in Napa.” Read full article

Richard Bruns Photo

News + Notes

Caroline Woolard, OS4 Alum and Oxbow Trustee selected for Jane and David Walentas Endowed Fellowship


Caroline Woolard was selected by Moore College of Art & Design as the first recipient of the Jane and David Walentas Endowed Fellowship. The prestigious annual fellowship underscores Moore’s ongoing commitment to social engagement by offering opportunities to thoughtful artists who bring their vision for the future of cultural production to the Moore community and the larger artistic community of Philadelphia.

"As the Walentas Endowed Distinguished Fellow, Woolard will create sculptural objects for worker-owned businesses and self-organized groups, including a clock that relies upon water to mark intervals of time. Her project asks the questions: "Can an object interrupt the unavoidable antagonisms of working together? How do workers without bosses (i.e. worker-owners in cooperative businesses) transform workplace conflict?" Woolard will make, with the support of Moore studio technicians, sculptural objects that are meant to act as tools to facilitate difficult conversations about structural and interpersonal inequity. These objects will migrate throughout Moore and become a central part of the Free Library’s new Robert and Eileen Kennedy Heim Center for Cultural and Civic Engagement, where they can be checked out to support the work of other community organizations around the city, including the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives." Read full press release.

Caroline has served on The Oxbow School Board of Trustees since July 2018.

Faculty and Staff

Chris Thorson


Rock, 2015, pigmented hydrocal

Chris Thorson's painted sculptures are currently included in two exhibitions: Feast & Famine a group exhibition that explores food as a social, political, and bodily phenomenon. The exhibition is on view through December 2019 at the Paul Robeson Galleries at Rutgers University Extension, Newark, NJ. She is also included in Ordinary, an exhibition highlighting the ordinary through subject matter and use of materials. The antithesis of the spectacular, familiar objects bring art down to human scale and into the intimacy of daily life. The exhibition is on view through April 19 at 1337 Gallery, Artworks Downtown in San Rafael, CA.

Chris is Oxbow's Dean of Arts Practice and Painting faculty.




There are no open Semester Program or Summer Art Camp positions at this time.

Summer Camp

2019 Summer Art Camp


What's more exciting than a summer filled with inspiration, friends, and art making?! Give your teen the gift of Oxbow Summer Art Camp!

Each day, campers mix studio time with participation in activities such as inspiration evenings, skit nights, campfires, yoga, outdoor films, and visits to Bay Area galleries. The first week, they will explore a variety of techniques and concepts in each of our studios. The second week, they will focus on creating a personal project. All levels of art experience are welcome! No portfolio required—just the desire to dive in and see what happens! Register Now!

SESSION 1: June 23-July 8 | SESSION 2: July 14-29 | Rising 9th-12th Graders Painting | Drawing | Photography | Sculpture | Printmaking | Video | & More!  

Susan Lynn Smith, Summer Camp Director

Artists In Residence

Judith Belzer


Artist Judith Belzer will be joining our faculty for Spring 2019 to work with students on projects.

Artist Biography

Judith Belzer is an artist who lives and works in Berkeley, California. Using primarily oil paint on canvas, she explores human engagement with the natural world, often looking to the man-made landscape in order to consider this dynamic and sometimes fraught relationship.

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Artists In Residence

Natan Daskal


Artist Natan Daskal will be joining our faculty for Spring 2019 to work with students on projects.

Artist Biography

When does Life become Art? Natan's interest lies in the performance of everyday life and how the artist mind and creative experience can aid us in living better lives. Primarily an educator, Natan is Teacher-As-Artist, approaching the classroom/studio as a laboratory of living, co-creating experiences with students that aim to deepen awareness and to open new possibilities for personal and worldwide change. 

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