Take a dip in swooning sentimentality, introduce an androgynous caricature to the pastoral, and wield your taste for style, decor, and craft during Ox-Bow’s 3-week Intensive, CAMP. Students can participate in a variety of courses that celebrate humor, improvisation within an aesthetic, and explore the variants of sophistication within ourselves. Apply now, the code word is: MAGIC

Students in the 3-week intensive receive a unique, interdisciplinary experience of Ox-Bow where they alternate back and forth between two classes and studios. For-credit completion of the 3-week intensive affords the student 6 credits. Ox-Bow’s 3-week Intensive is open to any participant over 18, and requires enrollment in 2 classes over the course of the 3-week session and participation in the virtual pre-session meetings. 

Dates and Commitment: July 15 - August 6, 2022

Applications are required and awarded students will automatically receive a $1900 scholarship toward their enrollment in 3-week intensive.

Once awarded, students will work with Ox-Bow's registrar to register in two of the following courses:

  • CERAMICS: Clay Makerspace with Ling Chun
  • GLASS: Glass Transformations: Mold Making in the Hot Shop with Victoria Ahmadizadeh-Melendez
  • PAINTING: Inflatables: Paint Skins with Claire Ashley & Vincent Tiley
  • METALS: Inflating Steel: Thermo-Pneumatic-Hyper-Forming with Jessee Rose Crane & Mike Rossi
  • SPECIAL: Party as Form with Alex Chitty & Kelly Lloyd

All artists interested in taking summer classes at Ox-Bow are encouraged to apply for the Merit Scholarship. The Merit Scholarship is a juried award based on application content and questions. We offer a variety of scholarships for students taking credit or non-credit classes to ensure that the Ox-Bow experience is open to everyone. 

The scholarship deadline is Monday, March 14, 2022, by midnight.

Ox-Bow is building a photo archive! With over a century of students, artists, fellows, instructors, donors, and staff, we have quite a bit of history to collect. 

If you have any images, works created on our campus, or tangible memories you would like to share, this is the place. Please include all captions, credits, and year (if applicable). 

It is important for us at Ox-Bow to stay connect with our Alumni. We want to support and highlight your practice! Whether it has been one year or 20 years, we would love for you to take the time to tell us what you have been up to. The form below is a chance to fill in any news, highlights, or engagements you have coming up. It is also a chance to update contact info and let us know what you have been up to over the years. We look forward to hearing from you!

If you have any questions or trouble with the form please contact our Communications Assistant Ciera McKissick at cmckissick@ox-bow.org.

Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency

Position Title: Bookkeeper

Reports To: Director of Finance and Administration

Position Classification: Regular, Part Time, Hourly

Location: Main Office, Douglas/Saugatuck, Michigan and / or remote work Compensation: $21.65 - $28.85 / hour, depending on experience; benefits available 

Position Summary:

Ox-Bow School of Art is seeking a part time bookkeeper for a growing finance department who will report to the Director of Finance and Administration. General fund accounting tasks include accounts receivable, accounts payable, journal entries, account reconciliations, month end close, budget and audit support; assist with financial reporting; and, post award grant record-keeping and reporting. Support for human resources includes payroll processing and tracking paid time off.

This is a 3-day, 24-hours per week position with the potential to grow into a full time role. The position will work out of the main office in Saugatuck/Douglas, MI with occasional visits to campus in Saugatuck.  Partial remote work is possible. The position is ideal for a candidate living within a 40-mile commuting radius.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

∙ Accounts Receivable tasks include accurate data entry using a variety of source documents and  systems; timely and accurate posting of all types of receivable payments (e.g. cash, credit card,  scholarship assignments); and, recording bank deposits

∙ Accounts Payable tasks include the collection of invoice receipts; identification of appropriate  general ledger account and fund assignment; input of invoices into accounting system; and,  production of timely payments

∙ Month end closing activities include journal entries; account reconciliation of general ledger and  bank accounts; and; financial reporting

∙ Completion of bi-weekly payroll including collection and review of timecards, independent  contracts, W-9’s, data entry into 3rd party payroll system, and 401k deposits

∙ Support for human resources through tracking of employee paid time off

∙ Produce on demand financial reports in support of all areas of the organization

Special Initiatives

∙ Support for retail sales across 3-locations (main, campus and online) related to cost of goods sold ∙ Support for fixed asset accounting

∙ Support for creation of annual fund accounting budgets

∙ Support for annual financial statement audits

∙ Support for post award grant recordkeeping and reporting

∙ Support for other accounting, human resources, and risk management activities and tasks as  assigned

Education / Job Experience / Certification

∙ Bachelor degree in accounting, finance, business or related field preferred

∙ Associates degree in accounting, banking, finance or related field plus relevant work experience will be considered

∙ 2 years experience in non-profit fund accounting preferred

Knowledge

∙ Proficient with Excel, Microsoft Office Suite, and Google suite of products

∙ Proficient in using Quick Books

∙ Experience with 3rd party payroll systems

∙ Understand importance of and adherence to internal control processes and procedures Environmental / Physical:

∙ May require schedule flexibility to accommodate federal holidays and workload ∙ Any on campus work would be in non-air conditioned, rural setting

Special Qualifications:

∙ Ability to work independently and collaborate with teams

∙ Self-directed, motivated, with ability to meet deadlines

∙ Excellent data entry skills

∙ Exceptional organizational skills

∙ Proven skills and attention to details

∙ Ability to communicate complex data in clear way

∙ Strong customer service skills

∙ Positive & optimistic outlook

∙ Ability to prioritize projects

Working At Ox-Bow

Ox-Bow School of Art, founded in 1910, offers a wide range of opportunities for artists at all stages of their  careers. Our campus is nestled on a peninsular interdunal wetland in Saugatuck, MI. With programs that  target degree-seeking students, professional artists and those new to the field, Ox-Bow builds a  supportive frame in which artists can push their practices in new directions. Ox-Bow’s community is  expansive and ever-evolving. Working at Ox-Bow is a unique experience. Our staff consists of both year round and seasonal positions. Some staff live on campus during their working months, while others  commute or work remotely both within the state of Michigan and beyond.

Working at Ox-Bow is working at the intersection of education, hospitality and culture. Together we seek to create a welcoming environment that nurtures the creative process while building community across  generations, career stages, disciplines and identities. With over 100 years of arts education behind us, we  have a vast community of alumni, including staff, students, resident artists, faculty, and community  supporters, who love and care for Ox-Bow. Working at Ox-Bow is to become part of that community, and  help sustain a historic non-profit arts organization for current and future generations of artists and art  lovers.

At Ox-Bow we have a vision to be a place where a diverse mix of talented people want to come, lend their  creativity, and work in support of an evolving, yet historic, art school. We pride ourselves on thinking and  acting creatively, and recognize that part of what makes us a unique place for both our staff and students,  is the talent and dedication of our employees.

Ox-Bow is committed to diversity and inclusion, we believe deeply in diversity of race, gender, sexual  orientation, religion, ethnicity and national origin and work to reflect that in our classrooms,  programming, faculty, staff and board.

Equal Opportunity Employment

Ox-Bow is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for its students, visitors,  faculty, and staff, and to ensuring that educational and employment decisions are based on an individual’s  abilities and qualifications. Ox-Bow does not tolerate unlawful discrimination based on race, color, sex,  religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, military or former military  status, or any other status protected by federal, state or local law, in its programs and activities, public  accommodations or employment practices.

Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency

Position Title:  Hospitality Manager

Reports To:  Culinary Director

Location:  Saugatuck, Michigan

Position Classification: Seasonal, Full Time, Exempt, Salaried

Compensation Range:  $40,000 - $52,000/a  prorated to 75% schedule, commensurate with experience; benefits package available depending on contract offered

Position Summary:

Hospitality is the genuine desire to take care of your guests and anticipate their needs. The kitchen at Ox-Bow not only serves food to our campus, we serve care to our community.

Providing a holistic and all encompassing atmosphere of care, the Hospitality Managers are responsible for setting the tone for all things hospitality related: positively  leading the Hospitality Team Members in preparing three meals a day, overseeing cleanliness and professionalism in the kitchen and surrounding service spaces, ensuring safe food handling practices, fostering a positive team environment; managing  ensuring deadlines so that the kitchen operates in a timely manner, delivering meals on time.

The Hospitality Managers work closely in collaboration with each other and the Culinary Director as the Hospitality Management Team.  The Hospitality Management Team works together in constructing high-quality food offerings, ingredient sourcing, garden and facility maintenance, guest outreach, on-line marketing initiatives, positive team building, budgeting management, menu development and costing, professional job training, special event planning, loss mitigation, inter and intra departmental communication, systems and process innovation,  and creative external collaboration.

This position is ideal for candidates within a 40 mile commuting radius. Limited on-site housing is available for candidates beyond that range.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Kitchen and Hospitality Management

Provide lead-from-the-front, positive management and collaborative guidance of the Hospitality Team for all programs and events including, but not limited to, the Paper Book Intensive Session; Summer Session; Fall Residency Program; Friday Night Open Studios; Winter Session; Facility Rentals and Retreats; and, Fundraising Events. Ox-Bow’s core seasonal needs are April thru November with a view to expand the kitchen’s operation throughout the year.

  • Positive, mindful, and active leadership day-to-day
  • Regular inter and intra departmental meetings and on-line communications
  • Collaborative management of the kitchen food and operations budget, predictive forecasting
  • Maintaining a professional, progressive, safe work environment in compliance with Allegan County Health Department and ServSafe National Standards
  • Upkeep and maintenance of all Hospitality Team related facilities and equipment including, but not limited to kitchen, surrounding service areas and bathrooms, dining areas, cold and dry storage, gardens and outdoor preparation areas
  • Working with guests to understand their dietary needs and allergy concerns
  • Fostering positive, anticipatory service and guest interaction


Food Preparation and Ordering

  • Maintaining a positive, active presence in the kitchen, leading by example, cooking and collaborating with the Hospitality Team to support day-to-day needs
  • Creating opportunities for training, special events, skill-sharing and fostering an active learning community
  • Provide collaborative leadership, professional feedback and guidance in meal planning and critical review with Hospitality Team
  • In conjunction with Hospitality Management Team, Facilities and Maintenance Team, Housekeeping Team, source, order, handle, and inventory food, beverage, equipment, cleaning supplies and chemicals in accordance with budget
  • Develop/maintain relationships with local vendors. Actively source new relationships.
  • Pick-up of ingredients at local purveyors, farmers market or other vendors
  • Making really great food


Essential Qualifications:

  • 5+ years experience as chef or managerial kitchen position
  • Food Safety Manager Certification
  • ServSafe Allergen training by National Restaurant Association


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Burgeoning  knowledge of the culinary landscape, including any new up and coming food trends
  • Knowledgeable and dexterous using all manner of complex kitchen equipment
  • Effective and clear communicator
  • Skilled and experienced in planning, designing, and preparing meal plans
  • Proficiency using Microsoft and Google Suite to monitor and track inventory and maintain recipe records
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Proven leadership and creative abilities inside the kitchen
  • Expert problem solver who thrives under pressure
  • Top of the line customer services skills
  • Must be able to travel to and from Ox-Bow Saugatuck campus and/or various vendor locations in the West Michigan region.


Physical Requirements and Working Conditions:

  • Must be able to lift and carry or otherwise move 50lbs regularly
  • Must be able to stand for extended periods of time
  • Ability to traverse uneven terrain
  • Ability to work indoors and outdoors in high heat and humidity
  • Ability to work around potentially hazardous materials and loud noise
  • Ability to wear personal protective equipment correctly for most of the day
  • Ability to work nights and weekends
  • Occasional travel required for this position


Working At Ox-Bow

Ox-Bow School of Art, founded in 1910, offers a wide range of opportunities for artists at all stages of their careers. Our campus is nestled on a peninsular interdunal wetland in Saugatuck, MI. With programs that target degree-seeking students, professional artists and those new to the field, Ox-Bow builds a supportive frame in which artists can push their practices in new directions. Ox-Bow’s community is expansive and ever-evolving. Working at Ox-Bow is a unique experience. Our staff consists of both year-round and seasonal positions. Some staff live on campus during their working months, while others commute or work remotely both within the state of Michigan and beyond.

Working at Ox-Bow is working at the intersection of education, hospitality and culture. Together we seek to create a welcoming environment that nurtures the creative process while building community across generations, career stages, disciplines and identities. With over 100 years of arts education behind us, we have a vast community of alumni, including staff, students, resident artists, faculty, and community supporters, who love and care for Ox-Bow. Working at Ox-Bow is to become part of that community, and help sustain a historic non-profit arts organization for current and future generations of artists and art lovers.

At Ox-Bow we have a vision to be a place where a diverse mix of talented people want to come, lend their creativity, and work in support of an evolving, yet historic, art school. We pride ourselves on thinking and acting creatively, and recognize that part of what makes us a unique place for both our staff and students, is the talent and dedication of our employees.

Ox-Bow is committed to diversity and inclusion, we believe deeply in diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity and national origin and work to reflect that in our classrooms, programming, faculty, staff and board.


Equal Opportunity Employment

Ox-Bow is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for its students, visitors, faculty, and staff, and to ensuring that educational and employment decisions are based on an individual’s abilities and qualifications. Ox-Bow does not tolerate unlawful discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, military or former military status, or any other status protected by federal, state or local law, in its programs and activities, public accommodations or employment practices.

Art on the Meadow is a grant-funded community program that offers a variety of art-making and studio experiences through short-term workshops for families, teens, and adults on Ox-Bow’s campus. Community driven courses are taught by working artists from West Michigan and the greater Chicago area. We work to provide an intergenerational and accessible space for artists to cultivate new work and ideas, while connecting them to lasting creative resources in a rich, natural environment. 

Teaching artists from the West Michigan and the greater Chicago area are encouraged to submit workshop proposals to teach summer workshops at Ox-Bow during Summer 2021.

Proposals for our 2021 summer season are due on January 4, 2021!

Ox-bow has facilities to offer workshops in drawing, ceramics, papermaking, printmaking, metals, and glass, and will also consider proposals in a variety of disciplines, including sound, fiber, collage, performance, sculpture, art history, photo, film, new media, writing, craft, and interdisciplinary areas. To propose a workshop you will need the following information:

  • Faculty Name, email, phone number, website if available
  • CV, or Resume
  • Course Name
  • Preferred workshop dates
  • Length of workshop
  • Workshop Concepts and assignments 
  • Workshop Description (approximately 100 words)
  • Budget/Space/Equipment Information Ox-Bow has limited technological resources; please submit a list of equipment needed for your course (if outside of standard equipment) and plans on how you might address those needs.
  • Not required but recommended—documentation of faculty and student work, may be in the following formats: pdf, doc, docx, txt, rtf, jpg, gif, mp3, mp4, tiff, png, mov. If this is included, please note that the program will automatically alphabetize your files so please name them accordingly. Please provide a documentation list which indicates the artist (Self or Student), title if known, media, etc.

Questions? Contact Claire Arctander, Campus Director, at carcta@ox-bow.org

Faculty are encouraged to submit course proposals to teach at Ox-Bow for the summer and winter.

We are currently taking proposals for our Summer 2023 and Winter 2023 season. We are no longer in need for proposals for 2022.

SUMMER SESSION, June - August

Proposals for the Summer Session can be for 1-, 2-, or 3-week classes. Ox-Bow has 6 main studio areas-- painting and drawing, ceramics, papermaking, printmaking, metals, and glass, but will consider proposals in a variety of disciplines, including sound, fiber, performance, sculpture, art history, photo, film, new media, writing, visual and critical studies, and interdisciplinary areas.

To propose a course you will need the following information:

  •  Faculty Name, email, phone number, website if available
  •  CV, or Resume (an MFA is required to teach a for-credit class at Ox-Bow)
  •  Course Name
  •  Session for which you are proposing
  •  Course Description paragraph should be in the following format: 100 words addressing overall concept, 100 words addressing artist and readings, and 25 words addressing assignments and projects.
  •  Not required but recommended—documentation of faculty and student work, may be in the following formats: pdf, doc, docx, txt, rtf, jpg, gif, mp3, mp4, tiff, png, mov. If this is included, please note that the program will automatically alphabetize your files so please name them accordingly. Please provide a documentation list which indicates the artist (Self or Student), title if known, media, etc.


WINTER SESSION, January

Proposals for the Winter Session are for 2-week classes. During the winter session, courses that are most successful engage the landscape and the winter weather. Ox-Bow has limited studio facilities available. Studios available for use are:

  • Lutz, a group studio house available with 4 individual studio spaces
  • Haas Painting studio, which can accommodate up to 18 students (and can be used for courses other than painting)
  • Krehbiel Ceramics studio, which can accommodate up 12 students
  • Print studio, with Screenprinting, Etching, Lithography capacity, accommodates 12
  •  New Media Space, accommodates 12

Ox-Bow is also hosting online classes for the upcoming Winter session. If you have an idea best suited for online learning, please select "online" in the session category. These classes meet via Zoom everyday during a 2-week session. 

 Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency
Position Title:  Development Director

Reports to:  Executive Director

Position Status:  Regular, Exempt, Salaried

Location:  Main Office, Douglas/Saugatuck, Michigan with travel to Chicago, greater Michigan and Midwest

Compensation: $90,000 starting salary; benefit package provided



Position Summary:

Ox-Bow School of Art is currently seeking a Development Director to lead fundraising initiatives under the direction of the Executive Director. Working closely with the Executive Director, Director of Finance and Administration, events project team and members of the Board of Directors, the Director of Development will develop and implement a strategic fundraising plan to raise vital funds in support of Ox-Bow’s programs, operations, scholarships, capital and endowment funds.

The successful candidate will have strong interpersonal skills; demonstrated experience managing patron, sponsor and foundation relationships; have a track-record of leading successful fundraising initiatives and events; have a history of leading effective campaigns in a cost and time efficient manner and have the capacity to innovate development approaches that reflect Ox-Bow’s mission, history, stakeholders and artistic vision. The right candidate has excellent communication skills and is capable of playing a key role in public relations for the organization, speaking fluently, authentically and passionately about Ox-Bow’s history, mission, impact and potential. The right candidate will be exceptional at motivating staff, board and donors in support of the organization and its fundraising efforts.

The Director of Development will be responsible for developing fundraising campaigns and events;  fostering and managing relationships with patrons, corporate and in-kind sponsors; communicating with current and prospective donors; building and leading a strong new development team including contractors associated with fundraising initiatives/events; working with the development and fundraising board committee; and compiling and furnishing quarterly development reports for the Board of Directors. This position involves managing individual and corporate gifts as well as planned and annual giving campaigns.

The Director of Development is focused on the growth of Ox-Bow and its capacity to execute its program, sustain its operations and deliver on its mission.

This is a full-time exempt position reporting to Ox-Bow’s Executive Director. The position requires a presence on campus and in the main office in Saugatuck/Douglas, MI.  It is ideal for a candidate living within a 40-mile commuting radius.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop long term funding strategy to support organizational growth working under the direction of the Executive Director and in collaboration with the Director of Finance and Administration, events project team and the Board of Directors
  • Work to ensure that a development mindset is woven throughout the organization (Board committees, marketing and communications, program collaborations, events)
  • Align development strategy and associated financial goals for the following:
  • Special Events
  • Annual Fund
  • Corporate and Foundation Relations
  • Grants
  • Individual Patrons

Special Initiatives

  • Facilitate capital and special campaigns as needed
  • Continue to identify and implement opportunities to build Ox-Bow’s endowment fund
  • Manage two fundraising events per year; one on campus and one in Chicago
  • Work with events team to support other earned income programs, including tickets sales, and securing sponsorships or other in-kind gifts

Relationship Building/Communication

  • Build relationships with the Board and other ad-hoc committees
  • Develop an active volunteer base in support of fund development efforts
  • Identify prospective individual and corporate donors and develop strategies to cultivate those relationships with the Executive Director
  • Maintain ongoing communications with individual, foundation and corporate donors

Research

  • Research appropriate funding opportunities in alignment with program strategies
  • Identify and co-create the necessary support materials to communicate Ox-Bow’s relevance to funders and the broader community

Management

  • Work to align and manage priorities and objectives for, and assess the success of:
    • Annual fundraising campaign
    • Donor recognition
    • Events
    • Engagement of Board, staff and volunteers
  • Ensure timely and accurate report deliveries to funders, including named endowed funds and granting agencies
  • Collaborate with board, staff and volunteers in management and planning of fundraising events and donor receptions
  • Work with communications team to develop print marketing materials related to fundraising
  • Continue to build and oversee Ox-Bow’s development database so that it becomes an effective development tool.
  • Oversee PT staff and contractors as determined with Executive Director with delegation of administration tasks (including grant writing and database management) and events coordination
  • Attend professional meetings and conferences as Ox-Bow’s representative, determined by agreement with the Executive Director

Education / Job Experience / Certification

  • Bachelor degree (master preferred) in business administration, communications, public administration, philanthropy, nonprofit management, arts administration or related field
  • 3+ years experience in arts non-profit fundraising
  • Track record of foundation and major donor relationships
  • Demonstrated success in grant writing
  • Demonstrated success in securing sponsorships
  • 4-6 years experience managing staff
  • 3+ experience working directly with non-profit boards

Knowledge

  • Proficient with Excel, Microsoft Office Suite, and Google suite of products
  • Knowledge of fundraising database platforms, preferably Salsa

Environmental / Physical:

  • Work shifts may include nights and weekends
  • Travel required for the job

Special Qualifications:

  • Ability to work independently and across project teams with a strong attention to detail
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills, ability to translate contemporary art and education to donors
  • Highly organized and motivated
  • Proven leadership
  • Positive & optimistic outlook
  • Expert problem solver who thrives under pressure
  • Proven skills and attention to detail in hospitality
  • Creative, out-of-the-box thinker
  • Finds inspiration in the distinctive or idiosyncratic
  • Comfortable taking creative risks

Working At Ox-Bow

Ox-Bow School of Art, founded in 1910, offers a wide range of opportunities for artists at all stages of their careers. Our campus is nestled on a peninsular interdunal wetland in Saugatuck, MI. With programs that target degree-seeking students, professional artists and those new to the field, Ox-Bow builds a supportive frame in which artists can push their practices in new directions. Ox-Bow’s community is expansive and ever-evolving. Working at Ox-Bow is a unique experience. Our staff consists of both year-round and seasonal positions. Some staff live on campus during their working months, while others commute or work remotely both within the state of Michigan and beyond.

Working at Ox-Bow is working at the intersection of education, hospitality and culture. Together we seek to create a welcoming environment that nurtures the creative process while building community across generations, career stages, disciplines and identities. With over 100 years of arts education behind us, we have a vast community of alumni, including staff, students, resident artists, faculty, and community supporters, who love and care for Ox-Bow. Working at Ox-Bow is to become part of that community, and help sustain a historic non-profit arts organization for current and future generations of artists and art lovers.

At Ox-Bow we have a vision to be a place where a diverse mix of talented people want to come, lend their creativity, and work in support of an evolving, yet historic, art school. We pride ourselves on thinking and acting creatively, and recognize that part of what makes us a unique place for both our staff and students, is the talent and dedication of our employees.

Ox-Bow is committed to diversity and inclusion, we believe deeply in diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity and national origin and work to reflect that in our classrooms, programming, faculty, staff and board.

Equal Opportunity Employment

Ox-Bow is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for its students, visitors, faculty, and staff, and to ensuring that educational and employment decisions are based on an individual’s abilities and qualifications. Ox-Bow does not tolerate unlawful discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, military or former military status, or any other status protected by federal, state or local law, in its programs and activities, public accommodations or employment practices.


Any questions about the position can be directed to applyoxbow@gmail.com.

Ox-Bow School of Art & Artists' Residency