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Jason Tucker joins Oxbow's Admissions Team


I'm incredibly excited to rejoin my peers at Oxbow since my time in OS20. After leaving Napa, I attended the Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, DC and graduated in 2013 with a BFA in Fine Art Photography. Throughout school I worked part-time at Morton Fine Art as a graphic designer and sales associate. Somewhat simultaneously, I was hired at Duhon Photography as a studio manager and photographer, and worked directly with the owner and lead photographer for 6 years.

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Susan Lynn Smith featured at the Berkeley Art Center


Oxbow's Summer Camp Director Susan Lynn Smith is a featured artist in the exhibit New Photography inspired by the Paul Sack Collection at Berkeley Art Center (BAC). The opening reception is on Friday, October 9th from 6-8pm and runs through November 22, 2015.

"BAC is proud to be entering into this partnership with Paul Sack and to give opportunity for entirely new audiences to experience the rich photography community in the Bay Area. Jurors, Janet Delaney, Aimee Le Duc and Kira Lyons, selected six photographers: Filza Ahmad, Ingeborg Gerdes, Toby Kahn, Nick Lawrence, Maggie Preston and Susan Lynn Smith. These exhibiting artists represent a range of subject matter, approaches to practice and relationships to the built environment."

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Sonia's Chickens by Camp Alum Phoebe Wahl


Phoebe Wahl has written and illustrated Sonia's Chickens a children's book published by Tundra in August.

"There's an old-fashioned feel to this simple story and its timeless illustrations, created with watercolor, collage, and colored pencil and reminiscent of Goodnight Moon in mood, design, and palette. Inside, Sonya's house is cozy and dark. In contrast, the world outside shine white, as background to text, with vignettes or a frame or portion of the opposite image spilling across the gutter." - Kirkus Reviews

An Alum of Oxbow's Summer Camp program, Phoebe attended Rhode Island School of Design graduating in 2013. Phoebe is a working artist - read her blog and visit her website.

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Amanda Hughen & Jennifer Starkweather


Former Visiting Artists Amanda Hughen and Jennifer Starkweather are featured in First Look at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. The show opens on Friday September 4th.  For their piece Re:depiction, Hughen/Starkweather interviewed staff from the Asian Art Museum and asked them to describe an artwork from the museum collection from memory. Without having seen the described artworks, the artists created abstract works on paper based only on the interview recordings. There will be a walk-through of their project Re:depiction on September 10th.

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Into the Further - album release by OS2 Matthew Santos



Matthew Santos just released his new album Into the Further.

"Matthew Santos might be most famous for singing the ever-popular line, "if you are what you say you are; a superstar," in Lupe Fiasco's mainstream hit, but he is so much more than that. Through his album Into the Further, he demonstrates real talent, soul and artistry. The album is extremely well crafted in instrumentation as well as pure musicianship. With a few Grammy nominations and several albums under his belt, Matthew Santos gives us yet another reason to grant him our undivided attention." - Interview with Alex Feigin, Pancakes and Whiskey.

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Emerging Artist Grant Program - Joan Mitchell Foundation


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The Joan Mitchell Foundation announced it's Emerging Artist Grant Program, a new initiative designed to assist emerging visual artist across the United States. The Pilot program will award a diverse group of ten artists with an unrestricted grant of $12,000 per artist in addition to professional support throughout the year. For more information go to the Joan Mitchell Foundation website at

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Etching Press donated in honor of G. H. Rothe



On Saturday, January 31st, Stephen hosted Peter and Geffen Rothe in the printmaking studio for the 'christening' of the etching press, tools, and materials that they donated in honor of Peter's mother, G. H. Rothe, a renowned mezzotint artist. Former Oxbow Board member, Bonnie Levinson, was in attendance as she was the link in getting the Rothe's to Oxbow.


On learning that Peter and Geffen were looking to find a good home for his mother's studio equipment, Bonnie put the Rothe's in contact with us and the result is a really great addition to the printmaking studio. To celebrate the donation, Peter installed a plaque in honor of his mother, and Stephen printed the last plate that Peter's mother was working on at the time of her death. The donation also included many of the artist's printmaking tools and a large amount of very high
quality printmaking paper.

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Craig Frazier's Exhibition - Drawing It Out


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Craig Frazier, San Francisco Bay Area illustrator and alumni parent of two Oxbow students has an exhibition Drawing It Out from Sept 8 - Nov 1, 2014 in the Gutstein Gallery at Savannah College of Art and Design. The opening reception is Sept 25 from  6-7:30pm. Craig has donated his design expertise to Oxbow for many years; so if you are in the Savannah, Georgia area!

"Over the course of his 36-year career as a designer and illustrator, Frazier has developed one of the most recognized illustration styles in the world. His works are known for their graphic simplicity and razor-sharp wit. Frazier embeds a story in every piece inviting the audience to step inside."

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