Posts From July 2006
July 5, 2006
George Lucas' Edutopia Magazine
At the Oxbow School, art and research magically interweave.
Under a blue sky during the cool northern California winter, Michael Lopez was conducting first-person research for his final art project at the Oxbow School, a semester-long art program in the Napa Valley. Lopez's subject was low-wage labor, and his research that afternoon consisted of raking leaves. As he worked, he ticked off the skills he had learned in fifteen weeks at the school: time management, self-control, a research-based approach to creating art, and confidence in his ability to talk about his ideas. Strange lessons learned at an art school? Perhaps. But just the sort of skills Oxbow's faculty intend to teach.
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Robert Redford Joins Oxbow School Supporters
JUNE 21, 2006, NAPA, CALIFORNIA - Supporters of The Oxbow School raised $230,000 for scholarships at a recent invitation-only gathering of 120 patrons on the school's riverfront campus. This year the annual "Celebration of an Artful Life," honored alumni parents, sculptor Deborah Butterfield and artist John Buck who flew in from their Montana ranch for the evening. The esteemed artist couple's sons, Wilder and Hunter both attended the school's single-semester visual arts program.
Honorary chairs were school co-founder Margrit Mondavi and longtime school supporter Alice Waters whose Chez Panisse chef, Jennifer Sherman, and staff prepared the rustic summer feast for the evening. The event was sponsored by: Christie's, First Republic Bank and Icon Estates-Robert Mondavi Winery.
Campus art studios and the Napa River oxbow framed the gathering where Buck and Butterfield contributed the standout auction item of the evening, a visit to their Bozeman, Montana horse ranch and art studios. Other artists whose work was represented in the silent and live auctions included: Louisiana Bendolph, Squeak Carnwath, Caio Fonseca, Anya Gaillaccio, Yvonne Jacquette, Mark Klett, Lee Ming Wei, Manuel Neri, Italo Scanga, Pia Stern and William Wiley.
Actor Robert Redford who has a grandchild enrolled in the school's summer session attended with artist Sibylle Szaggars. Others on hand for the evening included: school co-founders Robert Mondavi and Ann Hatch; event organizer Bonnie Levinson and her husband Dr. Don Kay of San Francisco.
Robert Redford and artist Sybille Szaggers were among those assembled for the Napa Valley's Oxbow School to raise funds for high school scholarships.
Redford has a family member enrolled in the Oxbow summer session.
Sculptor Deborah Butterfield and artist John Buck were honored recently at The Oxbow School's annual Celebration of An Artful Life. The event raises money for high school scholarships and supports the pioneering vision of school founders philanthropist Ann Hatch of San Francisco and Margrit and Robert Mondavi of the Napa Valley.
A pioneering educational concept unique in the United States, The Oxbow School opened its doors in 1999 as an access school under the direction of artist and teacher, Stephen Thomas who continues to serve in that capacity. Students from throughout the nation and several from abroad have completed the program. Some two-thirds of Oxbow's alumni have come from public schools with 35 percent of tuition income supported by donations like those generated from this event.
Representative of an expanding number of semester schools, Oxbow offers high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to leave home for an intensive course of study in visual arts while sustaining an academic interdisciplinary focus. Alumni return to their home schools with fresh awareness of the creative process and how it will enrich their lives.
One-third of Oxbow alumni go on to one of the nation's leading independent colleges of art and design; others to visual arts programs at liberal arts colleges and universities. School faculty and administrators provide equal encouragement to the student regardless his or her choice to pursue biochemistry, engineering or forensic science or art and design. Says Thomas, "Many of our graduates have been heavily recruited with offers of substantial financial aid awards due to their talent, their maturity and the strength of their portfolios."
Oxbow's program instills self-confidence and enables students to take more active responsibility for their own learning. The combination of exposure to artists, both faculty and visiting, real time studio experience, serious consideration of individual abilities, and a student-centered curriculum enables students to first imagine, then achieve, artistic and academic performance beyond what was possible in their previous school settings.