Open House

Fall 2019 Final Student Show & Open House


Saturday, December 14, 1:00 - 3:00pm + Sunday, December 15, 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

Audrey Snyder (OS17) and Joe Riley


Please join us for a lecture with Oxbow alumni artist Audrey Snyder (OS17) and Joe Riley.

Date: Tuesday, November 5, 2019 7:00 — 8:30pm
Location: The Oxbow School Dining Hall, 530 Third Street, Napa, CA

Artist Biography

Audrey Snyder (b. San Francisco, 1991) is an artist and chef based in the U.S. Her engagement in these practices finds footing in seeds, soil, and geological time. She has a BFA from the Cooper Union (2013) and participated in the Interdisciplinary Art & Theory Program (2018-19), Fresh Kills Field R/D program (2017-18), and was a fellow of the Socrates Sculpture Park Emerging Artist Fellowship (2018-19). Her collaborative work with the collective Futurefarmers has exhibited widely, including the Guggenheim Intervals (2011), Artes Mundi 7 and Sharjah Biennial 13. In 2019, her project CAMPAGNA/CAMPANA/CAMPO was awarded first prize from the Rural Design Lab in San Potito Sannitico, Italy.

Audrey Snyder & Joe Riley
are collaborators with one another and the artist collective Futurefarmers. Their art combines the poetic, political, and practical as a point of entry to explore dense interactions of urban and rural concourses, human and nonhuman forms. The work is context-specific and collaborative in (and with) nature. Their material-based practice attends to the connectivity of ecology and infrastructures: finding expression as sculpture, installation, and public engagements. Tangled in the knotty togetherness of geological time and political urgencies, this work proceeds with the hope of grasping the past in order to excite the present and future.

Visiting Artist Lectures

Anneli Henriksson (OS19)


Please join us for a lecture with Oxbow alumni artist Anneli Henriksson (OS19).

Date: Tuesday, October 22, 2019 7:00 — 8:30pm
Location: The CIA at Copia Theater, 500 First Street, Napa, CA

Artist Biography

Using a sardonic approach to exploring existentialism, Anneli Sanaye Henriksson's work engages with countercultural production of the recent past in order to examine an aesthetic manifestation of melancholia. She creates spaces that reflect ritualistic or symbolic attempts to resist the power of bourgeois hegemony. Through self-publishing, drawings, comics, garments and textiles, she challenges perceived boundaries between object, action, and place. By positioning the viewer in a space of global environmental, political, and social angst, the work invites the viewer to ask themself: Ever look at a flower and hate it? Henriksson was born in 1991 in Palo Alto, CA. She attended the Oxbow School in 2009 and received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Henriksson currently lives and works at the feminist art collective the Dirt Palace in Providence, Rhode Island.

Visiting Artist Lectures

Kamrooz Aram


Please join us for a lecture with artist Kamrooz Aram.

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

Artist Biography

Kamrooz Aram (b. 1978, Shiraz, Iran) is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. Aram’s diverse practice often engages the complicated relationship between Modernism and the so-called decorative arts. Through a variety of forms including painting, collage, drawing and installation, Aram has found the potential for image-making to function critically in its use as a tool for a certain renegotiation of history.

Aram received a BFA from Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore, MD, in 2001, and an MFA from Columbia University, New York, NY, in 2003. His work has been the subject of recent solo exhibitions including: An Object, A Gesture, A Décor, FLAG Art Foundation, New York; FOCUS: Kamrooz Aram, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, TX (2018); Ancient Blue Ornament, The Atlanta Contemporary, Atlanta, GA (2018); Ornament for Indifferent Architecture, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle, Belgium (2017). Aram’s work has been the subject of articles and reviews in publications including Artforum, ArtReview, ARTnews, Art in America, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, among others.

Visiting Artist Lectures

Bessma Khalaf


Please join us for a lecture with artist Bessma Khalaf.

Date: Tuesday, October 15, 2019 7:00 — 8:30pm
Location: The CIA at Copia Theater, 500 First Street, Napa, CA

Artist Biography

Born in Iraq, Bessma Khalaf emigrated to San Diego, California in 1990 just two years after the end of the Iraq/Iran war and just before the first Gulf War - those years of her childhood are not lost in the work.

Balancing mischievousness and malice, Khalaf’s processes of degradation (burning, smashing, consuming, etc.) explore the boundaries of landscape, place, and image. Khalaf proposes that beyond the nihilism of destruction, voids and absences possess generative possibilities, either in nature or in her practice. Figuratively and pictorially, voids carve an ambiguous space in the representation of landscape and the documentation of performance. Entrenched in process, Khalaf mixes mysticism, futility, and endurance when pitting herself against the overwhelming vastness of her surroundings, and the largeness of the romantic landscape.

Using both appropriated imagery and in situ events, Khalaf executes performances for the camera such that images and actions break down each other, and occasionally reach a compromise. Khalaf’s images and locations have a strange familiarity, yet anonymity. They’re places that we, as consumers of mass media and living bodies, recognize, yet really don’t know.

Khalaf earned her Bachelor degree from San Diego State University in 2002 and a Masters of Fine Arts in photography from California College of Art in 2007. Her work has been exhibited locally and nationally. She currently lives and works in Oakland, California.

Visiting Artist Lectures

Robin Hill


Please join us for a lecture with artist Robin Hill.

Date: Tuesday, September 24, 2019 7:00 — 8:30pm
Location: The CIA at Copia Theater, 500 First Street, Napa, CA

Artist Biography

Robin Hill is an artist whose work focuses on the intersection between drawing, photography, and sculpture. Her recent work takes on a collaborative sensibility, where objects and materials which have been rejected by others have served as starting points for acts of transformation.

The underlying conceptual thread that moves throughout her work is her interest in collection, extraction, re-presentation, and in transforming seemingly inconsequential matter and into meaningful statements about matter itself, which ultimately becomes a mediation on time. She strives to give shape to nuance and to relocate familiar things in an unfamiliar order. While handmade might best describe her early work, hand-altered is a more apt description for the work she is doing today.

Robin Hill is represented in New York by Lennon-Weinberg, Inc. Her work has also been shown in New York at Flipside, Smack Mellon Studios, Pierogi Gallery, The Rotunda Gallery, The Sculpture Center, PS 1/MOMA, ES Van Dam, and the Lesley Heller Workspace; in the Bay Area at Don Soker Gallery, the Richard L. Nelson Gallery, the Crocker Museum, Jay Jay Gallery, The San Francisco Center for the Book, SOMARTS, and the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art; in LA, at the Brewery Project and Another year in LA; In Houston at Project Row Houses and Fotofest.

Hill is the recipient of two Pollock-Krasner Foundation Awards, two New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships in Sculpture, a National Endowment for the Arts Sculpture Fellowship. She has been an Artist-in-Residence at the Sanskriti Foundation in Delhi, India. Her work has been reviewed in the New York Times, Art Forum, Art in America, Arts, Sculpture Magazine, Zettel, Art and Antiquities, Review Magazine, the Village Voice, New York Magazine, New Yorker, Other Voices, National Public Radio, Yale University Radio, and KDVS-Davis and has been the subject of catalog essays for the exhibitions Case Discussions by Kristin Koster, Multiplying the Variations by Raphael Rubinstein, Emergence and Structure by Jonah Lehrer.

She is on the faculty of the Studio Art Program, Department of Art and Art History, at the University of California at Davis.

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!

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