Around the Bend

Around the Bend - October 2019

10/22/19

INVEST IN THE OXBOW STORY

“How can I be a more authentic person? What does it mean to be a steward for the environment? How can an arts practice promote social justice?” As I walk through the classes today, these questions float in the air, infusing the community with vibrant, energized possibilities. Oxbow students are shifting their inward selves externally, marking a pivotal turning point in the semester in which students begin to articulate what they stand for in life and, more important, how they are going to give shape to those values as active, responsible citizens in the world.

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Faculty and Staff

Chris Thorson's Solo Exhibition opens at Ampersand International Arts in San Francisco

10/08/19

Chris Thorson's solo exhibition Long Term Relationships opens at Ampersand International Arts gallery at 1001 Tennessee Street (between 20th and 22th Streets) in San Francisco on October 17, 2019 and runs through November 15, 2019. The opening reception is on October 17th from 6 – 9pm.

Chris Thorson is Oxbow School's Dean of Arts Practice and Painting Instructor. christhrosonstudio.com

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Around the Bend

Around-the-Bend - September 2019

09/20/19

As we welcome 39 vibrant students from across the country, I am struck by the excitement that comes with the start of the school year. Having been in education for my entire life, my sense of time is inextricably tied to the school calendar. Call me nostalgic, but I long for the opening of the school year.

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In the Studios

Youth Strike for Climate Justice

09/20/19

OS41 students created a strong message in their video to promote and prepare for the Global Climate Strike. On Friday, September 20th of the global climate strike, all Oxbow students and staff will walk out of school at 2pm here in Napa to protest for laws to be put in place to get to zero carbon emissions by 2030. Two Oxbow students (Carter Dettmer and Zwena Gray) will speak at the protest alongside students from local high schools, community members, and political figures here in the city. After the strike, Oxbow students will participate in the rest of the climate week activities and are hosting a community art event. Youth are not only the face of this powerful movement, but also the voice, as we fight for our future.

Faculty and Staff

Oxbow faculty share their Arctic Circle Residency experience

09/19/19

In June, armed with many layers, we embarked on their The Arctic Circle Residency for artists, scientists, and educators. We sought this experience to explore ways of further integrating expedition based residencies into the Oxbow curriculum. For two weeks, we sailed on the tall ship Antigua along the mountainous west coast of Spitsbergen, the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago. Our ship manifest consisted of 30 artists/participants, 4 guides, and 9 ship crew members. The participants represented a globe spanning community of thinkers and makers interested in testing out ideas related to responding to climate change. The Arctic Ocean provided a profoundly dramatic setting to research together, network, tell stories and reflect as we sailed the glacial bays and hiked through thawing permafrost and snow.

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Artists In Residence

Anelli Henriksson (OS19)

08/28/19

Artist Anneli Henriksson (OS19) will be joining our faculty for Fall 2019 to work with students on projects.

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.

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Artists In Residence

Robin Hill

08/28/19

Artist Robin Hill will be joining our faculty for Fall 2019 to work with students on projects.

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.

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News + Notes

Head of School Announcement

08/27/19

On behalf of the Oxbow Board of Trustees and our Faculty and Staff, we are thrilled to announce the appointment of Jennifer Jordan to the role of Oxbow Head of School. After thirteen years with the school as an English teacher and Academic Dean, and five months of great work serving as Interim Head of School, the Board unanimously voted to elect Jennifer into this role.

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