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News + Notes

Caroline Woolard, OS4 Alum and Oxbow Trustee selected for Jane and David Walentas Endowed Fellowship


Caroline Woolard was selected by Moore College of Art & Design as the first recipient of the Jane and David Walentas Endowed Fellowship. The prestigious annual fellowship underscores Moore’s ongoing commitment to social engagement by offering opportunities to thoughtful artists who bring their vision for the future of cultural production to the Moore community and the larger artistic community of Philadelphia.

"As the Walentas Endowed Distinguished Fellow, Woolard will create sculptural objects for worker-owned businesses and self-organized groups, including a clock that relies upon water to mark intervals of time. Her project asks the questions: "Can an object interrupt the unavoidable antagonisms of working together? How do workers without bosses (i.e. worker-owners in cooperative businesses) transform workplace conflict?" Woolard will make, with the support of Moore studio technicians, sculptural objects that are meant to act as tools to facilitate difficult conversations about structural and interpersonal inequity. These objects will migrate throughout Moore and become a central part of the Free Library’s new Robert and Eileen Kennedy Heim Center for Cultural and Civic Engagement, where they can be checked out to support the work of other community organizations around the city, including the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives." Read full press release.

Caroline has served on The Oxbow School Board of Trustees since July 2018.

Faculty and Staff

Chris Thorson


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Chris Thorson's painted sculptures are currently included in two exhibitions: Feast & Famine a group exhibition that explores food as a social, political, and bodily phenomenon. The exhibition is on view through December 2019 at the Paul Robeson Galleries at Rutgers University Extension, Newark, NJ. She is also included in Ordinary, an exhibition highlighting the ordinary through subject matter and use of materials. The antithesis of the spectacular, familiar objects bring art down to human scale and into the intimacy of daily life. The exhibition is on view through April 19 at 1337 Gallery, Artworks Downtown in San Rafael, CA.

Chris is Oxbow's Dean of Arts Practice and Painting faculty.

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Summer Camp

2019 Summer Art Camp


What's more exciting than a summer filled with inspiration, friends, and art making?! Give your teen the gift of Oxbow Summer Art Camp!

Each day, campers mix studio time with participation in activities such as inspiration evenings, skit nights, campfires, yoga, outdoor films, and visits to Bay Area galleries. The first week, they will explore a variety of techniques and concepts in each of our studios. The second week, they will focus on creating a personal project. All levels of art experience are welcome! No portfolio required—just the desire to dive in and see what happens! Register Now!

SESSION 1: June 23-July 8 | SESSION 2: July 14-29 | Rising 9th-12th Graders Painting | Drawing | Photography | Sculpture | Printmaking | Video | & More!  

Susan Lynn Smith, Summer Camp Director

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Artists In Residence

Judith Belzer


Artist Judith Belzer will be joining our faculty for Spring 2019 to work with students on projects.

Artist Biography

Judith Belzer is an artist who lives and works in Berkeley, California. Using primarily oil paint on canvas, she explores human engagement with the natural world, often looking to the man-made landscape in order to consider this dynamic and sometimes fraught relationship.

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Artists In Residence

Natan Daskal


Artist Natan Daskal will be joining our faculty for Spring 2019 to work with students on projects.

Artist Biography

When does Life become Art? Natan's interest lies in the performance of everyday life and how the artist mind and creative experience can aid us in living better lives. Primarily an educator, Natan is Teacher-As-Artist, approaching the classroom/studio as a laboratory of living, co-creating experiences with students that aim to deepen awareness and to open new possibilities for personal and worldwide change. 

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Apply Now 2019 2020

Admissions - It's Time to Apply!


The Oxbow Admissions office is accepting applications for the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters. Interested applicants should try to complete all parts of their application in the next few weeks.

Most students and their families hear about Oxbow from alumni. So Ox-bohemians, please spread the Ox-word to friends and neighbors. You can also help by setting up a presentation about your Oxbow experience at your high school!

Alumni and parents, you can write Oxbow reviews to get the word out to other students and families at the following sites: Greatschools.orgFacebookPrivate School ReviewTeenlife.

Or you can help by posting about your Oxbow experience on your blog, Instagram, and Facebook!

Holly McVeigh, Admissions Director


2019 Oxbow Summer Art Camp - Apply Now for Counselor, Teaching Assistant/Social Media Intern, & Sculpture Faculty Positions


Oxbow Summer Art Camp was founded in 2004 for rising 9th-12 graders. The camp features high-level professional art instruction using an interdisciplinary approach consisting of short-term projects, a personal final project, field trips, and co-curricular activities.

As a residential program, staff members are involved with the students throughout the entire day, both inside and outside the studios. Staff members must be willing to make a full-time commitment to the students during the course of the camp and accept the demands this will place on their time and attention. All staff reside on campus mid-June through early August. These are paid positions and room and board is provided. The exceptions to is the teaching assistant intern who may live locally and be available minimum of 5 hours per day. These interns positions include stipends and meals will be provided. *Please note that the minimum age requirement for a staff position is 20, and 19 for interns.

Preference will be given to applicants who meet the following:  

• You are passionate about art!
• You enjoy working with teens and have prior teaching or leadership experience in a school or camp setting.  
• You are able to make a full-time commitment to the program and bring a high level of participation to camp for the duration of the program.  
• You have a college degree in art, youth development, or teaching, and/or have a career in the arts.  
• You thrive in intense environments, are conscientious, willing to work hard, and are committed to the safety, well-being, and growth of each member of the camp community.  

To Apply:  

The Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter by email by the PRIORITY DEADLINE of 1/25/19 to: After that date, applications will be accepted until each position is filled.  

•Please write the subject line of the email as follows:
OSAC 2019 - "Position Applying For Application - "Your Full Name."
(I.e. OSAC 2019 - Faculty Application - Sarah Clarke)  

•Please attach your resume and cover letter to your email according to the following conventions:  
"Last Name-Resume" and "Last Name-Cover Letter" 
(I.e. Clark-Resume & Clark-Cover Letter)  

*Only applicants who follow these application instructions will be considered. Please do not call.

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Artists In Residence

James Sansing


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


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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