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Copia is New Home of The Oxbow School’s Visiting Artist Lecture Series

Napa, CAThe Culinary Institute of America at Copia is the new host venue for The Oxbow School’s Visiting Artist Lecture Series. Since February, four internationally known artists visiting Oxbow have given presentations in Copia’s 280-seat theater about their work, their careers, and what art means to them.

The Oxbow School brings in students from throughout the United States for one-semester interdisciplinary academic programs focusing on art. Artists who have addressed this semester’s 43 Oxbow students from the Copia stage as part of the series have been Clare Rojas, Richard T. Walker, Alice Shaw, and Robert Kushner. This spring’s final guest lecturer is Caroline Woolard, who will be speaking at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12. After that, the program resumes in October.

“The Oxbow School is pleased to partner with The Culinary Institute of America in sponsoring the Oxbow School Visiting Artist Lectures,” says Stephen Thomas, founding director of The Oxbow School. “Artist lectures and residencies are an important element in the Oxbow School curriculum. Emerging and established artists from around the country come to Napa to interact with Oxbow students, and we invite the general public to join us.”

The CIA acquired Copia in late 2015, and is in the process of a phased reopening of the venue that closed in 2008. The theater is the first part of the facility to open to the public, and the CIA’s partnership with The Oxbow School is the first of many that the college plans to create with community organizations in the Napa Valley.

“We envision Copia as a public space for community use,” says Thomas Bensel, managing director of the CIA’s California campus. “Not only will it once again become a destination for tourists visiting Napa; it will also be a gathering place for local residents to experience food, wine, and culture.”

All Visiting Artist Lecture Series presentations are open to the public and free of charge.

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The Culinary Institute of America at Copia is in the process of a phased opening during 2016. While renovations continue on other parts of the facility, the college has opened Copia's theater as a venue for community events, such as The Oxbow School's Visiting Artist Lecture Series. Prior to being acquired by the CIA late last year, Copia had been closed since 2008. (Photo credit:
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Founded in 1946, The Culinary Institute of America is the world’s premier culinary college. Dedicated to driving leadership development for the foodservice and hospitality industry, the independent, not-for-profit CIA offers associate degrees in culinary arts and baking and pastry arts; bachelor’s degree majors in management, culinary science, and applied food studies; and executive education through its Food Business School. Its conferences and consulting services have made the CIA the think tank of the food industry in the areas of health & wellness, sustainability, world cuisines & cultures, and professional excellence & innovation. The college also offers certificate programs and courses for professionals and enthusiasts. Its worldwide network of 48,000 alumni includes leaders in every area of foodservice and hospitality. The CIA has campuses in New York, California, Texas, and Singapore.

About The Oxbow School

The Oxbow School is a semester-long exploration of visual art combined with rigorous academics for high school juniors and seniors. At Oxbow, studio art and academic topics are interwoven so that the experience of research, writing, and making art becomes an internalized working model for personal growth. As a boarding school, Oxbow gives students an opportunity to encounter peers from all over the country and all walks of life; students rise to a new level of personal growth during their time at Oxbow.

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