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A Message From The Head of School: In Solidarity


As a community of artists, The Oxbow School stands in support of black communities across the country. The murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Sandra Bland, Tyisha Miller, Nina Pop, and Ahmaud Arbery are tragic victims of white supremacy and brutality and their deaths and those that precede them serve as an urgent call to action for organizations like ours.

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Fall 2020 Cancellation Announcement


On behalf of The Oxbow School community, we are writing to announce that the Oxbow campus will be closed for the fall 2020 semester. In keeping with guidelines set forth by the CDC and Governor Newsom’s safety requirements necessary for California schools to reopen, we feel this decision is in the best interest of the health and well-being of the entire community.

While no one knows what the future holds, it is our responsibility to ensure the safety of our greater community--students and families, faculty and staff, and the essential workers with whom we interact. Until there is adequate testing and contact tracing available across Napa county, welcoming a new cohort of students from across the country is unsafe and inconsiderate to our local community.

As a residential community, it is paramount that we have heightened sanitation and distancing measures in place before we resume in-person instruction with future students. The Oxbow Safety Committee plans to utilize the next few months to thoroughly research emergent best practices, develop disinfection protocols, and install protective equipment throughout campus that will enable us to maintain a 6-foot physical distance while still taking advantage of our beautiful studio spaces and shared housing. We are optimistic that the next several months will provide ample time to optimally secure the campus with creative solutions, allowing spring students to feel comfortable while building a meaningful community through a shared passion for art.

We intend to stay true to our mission by providing a world class arts education, for it is our belief that the world needs art more now than ever before. Please stay tuned for Oxbow Online offerings and Workshop opportunities coming soon.

We look forward to providing an array of online offerings and hosting a vibrant Spring student cohort on campus in early 2021!

Be well,

Jennifer Jordan, Head of School

Beth Karpfinger, Board Chairperson


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OS42 Quaranzine


Projects showing OS42's creativity, grace and grit have been compiled into the Quaranzine magazine by Oxbow's Dean of The Arts, Chris Thorson. Please enjoy this magazine with student works that include selections from OS42's distance learning art projects, materials lists, and "Who are you?" projects.

Quaranzine V.1 Quaranzine V.2

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Dear Friends and Visitors of The Oxbow School,

The health and safety of the community is our utmost priority. Due to the spread of COVID-19, The Oxbow School has suspended on-campus programming and transitioned to distance learning until it is safe to travel. We believe suspending on-campus programming is the best way to protect the welfare of our Oxbow community and neighbors in Napa as we are committed to help “flatten the curve”—that is, to contribute to the national effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 to ensure broad access to healthcare for our most at-risk populations.

We appreciate your cooperation and understanding. We are committed to doing our best to navigate this new reality with everyone. The Oxbow faculty are working diligently to create and implement a dynamic and meaningful experience for our current students. Check out our Instagram for lively updates and stay at home art projects and recommendations.

While we are all living in uncertain times, we encourage you to take this time to embrace the present moment by fostering virtual relationships with your loved ones for support, compassion, and connectedness.

For prospective students and families, please know that your interest in The Oxbow School is important to us. We take tremendous pride in being the preeminent thought leader in arts education for young people. We look forward to welcoming you to campus once we reopen.

Unfortunately Oxbow has had to postpone many of our annual fundraising events which directly support student scholarships. Please considering "joining us" for the Oxbow Anti Event to benefit student scholarships and support the arts!

Warm regards,

Jennifer Jordan

Head of School


The Oxbow School Presents the Anti-Event!



Please DON’T Join us for our Annual Gala!

Instead, join us in celebration of Oxbow Student-Artists from your comfortable couch as this is a "No Show" event.


You Don’t have to think about traffic, parking, an outfit, or asking your friends to sit at your sponsored table.
Enjoy an evening at home, knowing that you have made a difference in the lives of young artists by supporting
The Oxbow School Scholarship fund.

Cost: A donation in the amount of what you would have spent had this been an actual event.
100% of all donations are tax deductible.

Be a “No Show

"Tickets" and "Sponsorships" available now at:

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Megan Broughton's etching selected for Richmond Art Center's spring juried exhibition "Over and Under"


Megan Broughton's etching, "Svalbard, 79.75° North: Pack Ice I" was selected for Richmond Art Center's spring juried exhibition, "Over and Under," curated by Kevin B. Chen. The show will be up March 17 – May 29 with the opening reception on Saturday, March 28, 5-7pm.

Her related print, "Svalbard, 79.75° North: Pack Ice II, State I" is in the 33rd Annual McNeese National Works on Paper Exhibition at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, LA, juried by Eleanor Heartney, art critic and contributing editor to Art in America and Artpress. The show will be up March 26 - May 8. The same print is also in the upcoming Northern California Women's Caucus for Art's Regional Juried Exhibition, "The Ground Upon Which We Stand," at Abrams Claghorn Gallery in Albany, CA April 2-30.

Megan is Oxbow's Academic Dean, Printmaking instructor and an OS15 alum.


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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