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

CopiaThe Culinary Institute of America at Copia in Napa, CA is the new host venue for The Oxbow School's Visiting Artist Lecture Series. This spring, five internationally known artists visiting Oxbow gave 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 addressed this semester's Oxbow students from the Copia stage were Clare Rojas, Richard T. Walker, Alice Shaw, Robert Kushner, and Caroline Woolard.

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.

"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." 

The Visiting Artist Lecture Series resumes in October. Presentations are open to the public and free of charge. To track the progress of Copia, visit and register for e-mail updates or follow on social media.

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