Open House

Summer Camp Final Show and Open House


Join us on Sunday, July 28th for the Summer Camp Final show and Oxbow School Open House from 3:30pm to 5:00pm!

The event is free and open to the public. This Open House is an excellent opportunity to see artwork, mingle with fellow art students and parents, and meet Oxbow staff and faculty. Campus tours will be available.

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Join us for Napa Makes on June 8!


Date: Saturday, June 8 10am—4pm
Location: The Oxbow Studios, 530 Third Street, Napa, CA

Napa Makes is honored to be back at Oxbow School for their 2nd annual event. Napa Makes is an opportunity to connect with local artisans and shop their handmade creations right here at Oxbow School. Napa Makes is expanding our array of food and wine vendors to showcase the diversity of our local small-production vintners and culinary masters.

For those of you who shop creative markets frequently, you know that the early birds catch the worms. We will be offering Early Bird tickets! For $20, enjoy complimentary coffee and tea, pastries by Andreya Nightingale of Mortar Pestle Cooking, and shop all the vendors at 9am for a full hour before the doors open to the public. Getting first dibs on your favorite artists, as well as more intimate time spent with makers and shoppers alike...what’s not to love?

Please head on over to or follow on Instagram @napamakes for more info!


Online Wine & Special Experiences Auction & Raffle 2019


BIDDING NOW OPEN on Napa's finest wines and special experiences ~ all in support of student scholarships at the Oxbow School!
Starting TODAY and continuing through Friday, May 10 at Noon, we invite you to BID on amazing wine offerings and unique special experiences. Highest bidder wins!

Proceeds from this online fundraiser will support scholarships to deserving students to attend Oxbow. Over half of all Oxbow students receive financial aid, and many more qualified students apply whom we simply cannot fund. Please help us support talented students!

*Fine wines such as Robert Mondavi Winery, Continuum, Favia, La Jota, Dalla Valle, Darioush and more...
*Opus One Twilight Tasting + Dinner
*Stinson Beach House for 3 Nights
*Buy A Spot Day of Art
*Private Curated Tour of SFMOMA + Lunch
*and many more!

Happy shopping from all of us at Oxbow! And a HUGE thank you to all of our wonderful, generous donors!

*Winning bidders will be contacted after May 14 and arrangements will be made to pick up or ship their items. If you have any questions, please contact Julie de Polo at The Oxbow School,, phone: 707.255.6000.

Another Way to Play ~ Oxbow's Spring Raffle!

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Glam it up for an evening with the Hollywood stars!
Two VIP Tickets to the Napa Valley Film Festival Red Carpet Celebrity Tributes + Feature Film event on Thursday, November 14, 2019.

Napa Valley Film Festival

Tickets include:
● VIP Red Carpet Entrance with Valet Parking at Lincoln Theater
● VIP Pre- Reception
● VIP Reserved seating ( With our Patrons) at Celebrity Tribute
● VIP Intermission with our Patrons
● VIP Seating at the feature film following the intermission

Raffle Ticket: $60 each
Retail Value: $1,000

The drawing will take place at our Festive Benefit Dinner at Hudson Ranch winery on May 11 - you need not be present to win! All proceeds benefit the Oxbow School. Please click here to purchase RAFFLE TICKETS

We have a few seats left for our Festive Benefit Dinner at Hudson Ranch winery ~ please join us! Saturday, May 11 at 5pm.
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Please Join Us! Benefit Dinner at Hudson Ranch winery ~ Napa Valley May 11th!


Please join us for Oxbow's annual Spring Benefit on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at the beautiful Hudson Ranch winery in the Carneros region of Napa Valley.

Special guest Chef Curtis diFede of Miminashi fame will be creating an artful Napa-inspired spring menu + Napa Valley wines from Robert Sinskey Vineyards. Come meet our special guest Emcee Llisa Demetrios of The Eames Office, the granddaughter of Ray & Charles Eames, who will be speaking about her family's creative design process. Oxbow Alums Caroline Woolard, OS4 and Colby Case, OS39 will also be sharing their unique perspectives of their time at Oxbow.

Proceeds of the event support student scholarships at the school, since over half of our talented young artist-scholars receive some form of financial aid. For sponsorship and tickets, please visit

*A HUGE THANK YOU to Lee & Cristina Hudson and Miminashi for helping to underwrite our annual fundraising event!

Open House

Spring 2019 Final Student Show & Open House


Saturday, May 11, 1:00 - 3:00pm + Sunday, May 12, 11:00am - 1:00pm

Oxbow Studios, 530 Third Street, Napa

Tours will be offered and information will be available about the Semester and Summer programs at Oxbow!

Visiting Artist Lectures

Clay Gibson


Please join us for a lecture with Oxbow Alumni Artist Clay Gibson (OS20).

Date: Tuesday, April 9, 2019 7:00 — 8:30pm
Location: The CIA at Copia Theater, 500 First Street, Napa, CA

Artist Biography

Clay Gibson is a tattooer and co-owner of the tattoo shop, Come What May. Prior to tattooing he attended Oxbow OS20 and later the California Institute of the Arts where he enlarged on ideas of building community through art-making and political praxis. He later went on to live in Mexico City where he attended the SOMA Summer Art Residency Program and began to work with the collective, Oa4s. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles.

Visiting Artist Lectures

Judith Belzer


Please join us for a lecture with artist Judith Belzer.

Date: Tuesday, March 19, 2019 7:00 — 8:30 PM
Location: The CIA at Copia Theater, 500 First St

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.

Belzer's work is exhibited regularly in galleries and museums and has been acquired by numerous private and institutional collections. Most recently her work was included in group exhibitions at The Berkeley Art Museum, The San Francisco Jewish Museum and at the center for art + the environment at the Nevada Museum of Art. “Lana Turner a journal of poetry and opinion” published a portfolio of her work late last year and will do the same early this year. Belzer is a visiting lecturer in the department of Visual Art and Environmental Studies at Harvard University and is a 2014 John Simon Guggenheim Fellow. She Graduated Magna Cum Laude from Barnard College with a degree in English and studied art at The New York Studio School.

Visiting Artist Lectures

Shiva Ahmadi


Please join us for a lecture with artist Shiva Ahmadi.

Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2019 7:00 — 8:30 PM
Location: The CIA at Copia Theater, 500 First Street, Napa, CA

Artist Biography from Haines Gallery in San Francisco

Iranian-American, b. 1975

Lives and works in the Bay Area, California

Shiva Ahmadi’s practice borrows from the artistic traditions of Iran and the Middle East to critically examine global political tensions and social concerns. Having come of age in the tumultuous years following the Iranian Revolution and subsequent Iran-Iraq War of the 1980s, Ahmadi moved to the United States in 1998, and has been based in California since 2015.

Ahmadi works across a variety of media, including watercolor painting, sculpture, and video animation; consistent through her pieces are the ornate patterns and vibrant colors drawn from Persian, Indian and Middle Eastern art. In her carefully illustrated worlds, formal beauty complicates global legacies of violence and oppression. These playful fantasy realms are upon closer inspection macabre theaters of politics and war: watercolor paint bloodies the canvas, and sinister global machinations play out in abstracted landscapes populated by faceless figures and dominated by oil refineries and labyrinthine pipelines.

Shiva Ahmadi studied at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI; Wayne State University, Detroit, MI; and Azad University, Tehran, Iran. In addition to recent solo exhibitions at the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA (2017) and Asia Society Museum, New York, NY (2014), her work has been included in group shows including Home Land Security, For-Site Foundation, San Francisco, CA (2016); Fireflies in the Night Take Wing, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Athens, Greece; and Global/Local 1960-2015: Six Artists from Iran, Grey Art Gallery, New York University, NY (all 2016); Catastrophe and the Power of Art, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan (2018); and Revolution Generations, Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, Qatar. Her work is included in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; Asia Society Museum, New York, NY; Grey Art Gallery, New York University, NY; Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; Detroit Institute of Arts, MI; DePaul Art Museum, Chicago, IL; Farjam Collection, Dubai, UAE; TDIC Corporate Collection, Abu Dhabi, UAE; and the private collection of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, among others.

In 2016, Ahmadi was awarded the ‘Anonymous Was A Woman’ Award and a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant. Shiva, a new monograph of her work, was published by Skira in Spring 2017.

Visiting Artist Lectures

Nicole Mueller


Please join us for a lecture with artist Nicole Mueller.

Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2019 7:00 — 8:30 PM
Location: The CIA at Copia Theater, 500 First Street, Napa, CA

Artist Biography

Nicole Mueller is a San Francisco based artist and painter. Through large scale collages, murals, and installations fusing color and light, she creates shifting environments and navigates spaces in flux. Mueller’s paintings are both exuberant and complex, with fluctuating figure-ground relationships, vibrant color, and pockets of deep space creating pathways that weave in and out of compositions both dense and open-ended. Her process-based works are painted, cut, collaged, arranged and rearranged through an additive process of layering, with the resulting works existing in a perpetual state of motion in between chaos and cohesion. With her installations, Mueller aims to give physical form to the abstract sensation of light, merge the tangible and intangible, and provide pathways for moving through liminal states that remain fluid over time. She has been an artist-in-residence at the Vermont Studio Center, Proyecto 'ACE (Argentina), and Creative Paradox (Maryland). Her work has been exhibited in California, New York, and Maryland. She earned her BFA in painting and illustration at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD, and recently was the recipient of the Mark M. Glickman and Lanette M. McClure Artist Award given to emerging artists in California.

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