Artists In Residence

James Sansing

10/15/18

Artist James Sansing will be joining our faculty for Fall 2018 to work with students on projects.

Artist Biography

James Sansing’s films have shown at the San Francisco International Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Images Festival, Rotterdam International Film Festival, New York Film Festival among others.

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Artists In Residence

Rebecca Manson

09/17/18

Artist Rebecca Manson will be joining our faculty for Fall 2018 to work with students on projects.

Artist Biography

Rebecca Manson is an artist based in Brooklyn, New York. She graduated with a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and has received a Windgate Fellowship Award and a Windgate Project Grant. She has been a resident artist and Zentrum Fur Keramik and California State University Long Beach. Through her sculpture work and in the classroom, Rebecca is interested in clay as a metaphor for community and the body. 

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Around the Bend

Save the Date - May 12th Benefit Dinner and Concert with Pete Escovedo and his Latin Jazz Orchestra!

02/15/18

Dear Oxbow Friends,

This has been a busy and unusual school year at Oxbow. The Napa/Sonoma County fires in the fall were unprecedented in their scope and impact on the broader community. Thankfully, Oxbow came through unscathed, but that is not true of so many around us. After some winter rains, the scorched ridges are turning green very quickly, but that does not diminish the damage that was wrought. As we all watched the recent mud slides in the Santa Barbara area, we are all too aware that there may be more in store. We don't take anything for granted and are grateful for a strong school spirit and resilient community.

We welcomed OS38 students three weeks ago, and they are already deeply immersed in life at Oxbow. It is always a pleasure to greet an enthusiastic group of young people ready to dive right in.

We have a busy spring in store, so please mark your calendars for some upcoming key events.

Saturday, May 12 will be a very big day at Oxbow. The Final Show Open House for the public is from 2:00–5:00 p.m. We will also be hosting our Spring Benefit Concert that same Saturday evening. We are very pleased to announce that the legendary Pete Escovedo and his Latin Jazz Orchestra will be performing, so make sure you mark your calendars. More information will be forthcoming soon.

The Benefit Concert is at 6:00pm, a short walk from Oxbow at The CIA at Copia where guests will enjoy refreshments and have the option to partake of a delicious sit-down dinner, or you may purchase a concert-only ticket. Dinner with concert tickets are $350 each, and concert-only tickets $125. Tickets and sponsorships can be purchased online at www.OxbowBenefit.org. Sponsorship letters with more details will be sent shortly, so keep an eye out for yours.

Leading up to the Benefit, the Robert Mondavi Winery will be hosting a curated Oxbow Visiting Artists Art Show. There will be an Opening Reception at Mondavi on Friday, April 27 from 6–8pm. In the school's 18+ year history, over 120 professional Visiting Artists have graced our program, and so far over 70 have generously donated a piece to the Works on Paper Exhibit at Mondavi in support of the Stephen Thomas Scholarship Fund. We are delighted by their generosity—we hope you can come!

We will also be offering an online Wine Auction for the two weeks leading up to the Benefit. Stay tuned for details on this special fundraiser in conjunction with the Spring Benefit.

Finally, Oxbow will be hosting an Ox-Campout overnight on campus for all Alumni June 2nd and 3rd. Alumni, please tell your friends, mark your calendars, and most importantly, COME and enjoy two days on campus! There will be Oxbow-style art projects, bbq and a special tour of the Oliver Ranch Sculpture Garden on Sunday. We will offer dorm rooms and alums may also camp on the campus for the night. Not to be missed! More details to follow.

I hope this newsletter finds you in good health and fine spirits, and I look forward to seeing many of you on campus in May and June.

Stephen Thomas
Founding Director and Head of School

Artists In Residence

Kathleen Henderson

02/10/18

Artist Kathleen Henderson will be joining our faculty for Spring 2018 to work with students on projects.

Artist Biography

Kathleen Henderson is a visual artist living and working in the Bay Area.

Oscillating between fascination and apprehension Henderson’s work illuminates our struggle to make sense of a senseless world with an expansive body of work that includes drawing, painting, and sculpture.

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Artists In Residence

Harrell Fletcher

02/09/18

Artist Harrell Fletcher will be joining our faculty for Spring 2018 to work with students on projects.

Artist Biography

Harrell Fletcher received his BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and his MFA from the California College of the Arts. He studied organic farming at UCSC and went on to work on a variety of small Community Supported Agriculture farms, which impacted his work as an artist. Fletcher has produced a wide variety of socially engaged collaborative and interdisciplinary projects since the early 1990’s. 

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News + Notes

Call for Alumni Art!

03/13/17

Remember how much the community enjoyed seeing the results of your semester at your Final Show? This year we would like to showcase ALUMNI ART during our final show weekend as well!

This spring, for the first time ever, Oxbow is hosting its annual fundraiser the evening of OS36's Final Show on Saturday, May 13th, 2017. What could be better than checking out student art by day, and then venturing over to The CIA at Copia nearby for Oxbow's Benefit Concert where we will display and sell ALUMNI ART!

If you are interested in participating, here are the details:

1) This will be a curated show. We are limited to how many pieces we can display. Ideally, you would be able to attend and talk about your work on display, though if you cannot attend we will still consider your piece(s). This will be a fantastic, well-attended event, and will include an exclusive live performance by the legendary Boz Scaggs. If your art is selected as part of the exhibition, we will take care of your concert ticket.

2) Please submit your work (any medium) by emailing .jpeg files to jason@oxbowschool.org with the following information:

- FULL NAME
- OS__
- TITLE
- MEDIUM
- SIZE
- PRICE

Name the price you'd like to sell your art for! We simply ask that 20% of the sale price be donated to The Oxbow School scholarship fund. Please feel free to submit multiple pieces. We will continue accepting work through April 10th. After April 10th, submissions will be closed and we will email to notify you if we've selected your work.

3) Oxbow will cover shipping for pieces up to 11"x14"x2" framed. If you plan to submit something larger, you will need to arrange for your own shipping.

Questions can be sent to jason@oxbowschool.org

Around the Bend

Save the Date - May 13 Benefit Concert with Boz Scaggs!

03/13/17

Dear Oxbow Friends,

It's been a couple of months since you have heard from me; lots has been going on, including welcoming OS36 in January. They are now well into the Fortune Cookie project, and are delighted some sunshine has finally arrived after all the crazy rain this winter. Students thoroughly enjoyed Visiting Artist Hung Liu and Jeff Kelley’s recent residency where she worked closely with students on large-format paintings of tiny objects, and Jeff delivered a series of college-level slide lectures on contemporary art history. As some of you will remember, Hung was our very first resident artist, working in a building on the fairgrounds since the studios were not even built!

Saturday, May 13 will be a very big day at Oxbow. The Final Show Open House for the public is from 2:00-5:00 p.m. (OS36 families, watch your email for details on the plan for the morning which will be sent soon.)

And, as I hope you have heard by now, we are holding our Spring Benefit Concert that same Saturday evening. We are very pleased that the legendary Boz Scaggs will be performing, so make sure you mark your calendars. Boz performed at an Oxbow benefit many years ago now, and he was fabulous! We are delighted he's willing to return.

The Benefit Concert is at 6:00pm, a short walk from Oxbow at The CIA at Copia where guests will enjoy refreshments and have the option to partake of a buffet dinner at seated reserved tables, or purchase a concert-only ticket. Dinner with concert tickets are $350 each, and concert-only tickets $125. Printed invitations will be sent early April, so keep an eye out for yours. We will also host a curated Oxbow Alumni Art Show in the foyer of The CIA at Copia, which will allow guests to see both the immediate impact of an Oxbow experience at Final Show, and what can happen after students graduate from our wonderful program.

Finally, you may have heard back in the fall about our idea to leverage Oxbow's beautiful campus and prime location for the BottleRock music festival on Memorial Day Weekend, May 26-28 . The idea came to fruition thanks to unanimous approval by the Napa Planning Commission. We will be setting up 16 deluxe safari-style tents for 32 guests who will enjoy private wine tours in the mornings, rock out all afternoon and evening at the festival with 3-day VIP passes, and stay within a stone's throw to the entrance to the festival venue. All of the tents sold out within 24 hours for $10K each which makes this a fantastic fundraiser in support of Oxbow's scholarship fund.

I hope this newsletter finds you in good health and fine spirit, and I look forward to seeing many of you on campus in May.

Warm regards,
Stephen Thomas, Head of School

Faculty and Staff

Chris Thorson

02/28/17

Chris Thorson and Maria Forde's two person exhibition entitled "Strange Reprise" was at the new visual arts exhibition space state in the Mission District of San Francisco. 

"Strange Reprise examines the artistic production of two artists who engage with the history of popular culture and its potential to shape personal and cultural identities. Forde will present her new series, Western Drawings, and Chris Thorson will be showing new work from her Tabula Rasa and Internal Monologue series." Read full press release

Chris Thorson is Oxbow School's Painting faculty.

In Memoriam

Cash Askew OS23, February 1994 – December 2016

12/01/16

It is with great sadness that we send news of a loss in the Oxbow alumni family: Cash Askew, OS23, passed away on December 2, 2016, a victim of the Ghost Ship fire in Oakland, CA.

Cash was a creative artist and critically acclaimed musician with the Bay Area band Them Are Us Too and was pursuing a BFA at the University of California at Santa Cruz.

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