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


Employment Opportunities: Semester Program



The Oxbow School is a one-semester visual arts program for high school juniors, seniors, and gap year students from public and independent schools nationwide. The school offers forty-eight students a unique educational experience focused on the in-depth study and practice of the visual arts. The sixteen-week program encourages motivated students to pursue a serious interest in art while meeting and furthering their high school diploma requirements. The goal is not to produce career artists, but to empower students to see with clarity and engage in mindful critical inquiry to become active participants in the world. Through work in the studio, trips to museums and galleries, and projects with visiting artists-in-residence, Oxbow provides students with direct exposure to the rich diversity of contemporary art and culture. The Oxbow School is founded on the belief that engagement with the arts fosters and supports flexible thinking skills, and that creative thinking is particularly valuable for students in today's increasingly complex global community. Located at the oxbow of the Napa River in Napa, California, the pedagogical approach at The Oxbow School includes team-teaching and interdisciplinary connections.

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Art for your Sweetheart Online Auction


The Oxbow School Presents:



Online Auction now open featuring works from Lucien Clergue, Eikoh Hosoe, Gyorgy Kepes as well as artists from The Oxbow School’s Visiting Artists Series and More!

The auction is now live on the Paddle8 website and will end on February 14, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time.

Each semester, The Oxbow School engages a diverse group of artistically and intellectually curious high school students in an intensive semester of education in the visual arts. All proceeds from the auction will go directly to The Oxbow School Scholarship Fund to benefit future artist-scholars.

For questions please contact Kelly Bitzer, Director of Advancement and Communications at or (707) 252-5427

Click here to go to the Auction site.


Admissions - It's Time to Apply!


We are now 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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Artists In Residence

Jodie Mack


Artist Jodie Mack will be joining our faculty for Spring 2020 to work with students on projects.

Artist Biography

Jodie Mack is an experimental animator who received her MFA in film, video, and new media from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2007. Combining the formal techniques and structures of abstract/absolute animation with those of cinematic genres, her handmade films use collage to explore the relationship between graphic cinema and storytelling, the tension between form and meaning. Musical documentary or stroboscopic archive: her films study domestic and recycled materials to illuminate the elements shared between fine-art abstraction and mass-produced graphic design. The works unleash the kinetic energy of overlooked and wasted objects and question the role of decoration in daily life.

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Artists In Residence

Eric Veit (OS10)


Artist Eric Veit (OS10) will be joining our faculty for Spring 2020 to work with students on projects.

Artist Biography

Eric Veit’s work deals with abstract principles such as the organization of information, relationships between human nature and non-human nature, cognition and categorization, fiction as opposed to truth, and the passage of time.

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Employment Opportunities: Summer Camp


Since 1999, The Oxbow School has offered a one-semester, visual art-based program for high school juniors and seniors. In 2004, Oxbow added a unique summer camp program, Oxbow Summer Art Camp, for rising 9-12 graders. The camp features high-level professional art instruction using an interdisciplinary approach consisting of short-term projects, field trips, a personal final project, and co-curricular activities.

Job Descriptions:
Faculty Job Description (Open Positions: Painting)

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Around the Bend

Around the Bend - November 2019


Dear Oxbow community,

As we spend this week expressing gratitude for friends and family, I would like to extend my gratitude to you for being part of the larger Oxbow story. It is our personal connection and shared commitment to an equitable arts education that enables us to invite young scholars and artists from across the country. When students participate in a semester at Oxbow, they are welcomed into a community of like-minded artists and undergo a life altering transformation that sets them on the path to be proactive citizens in the world. It is truly inspiring to be witness to the work our students do and, more important, to participate in a story that is bigger than me. You are also an important voice in this narrative.

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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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