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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: Di rosa is a catalyst for transformative experiences with contemporary art of northern california

Results: Now entering our second decade as an independent non-profit museum, di Rosa is responsible for managing more than 200 acres of open space, caring for nearly 2,000 works of art, and hosting rotating exhibitions. We are building a reputation for our growing roster of educational and public programs and as a vitally important resource for schools and colleges.

Target demographics: Art and nature lovers of all ages.

Programs: Maintain a collection and exhibit contemporary art of northern california. As the largest collection of northern california art in the country, the internationally recognized collection features nearly 2000 works from the 1960s to the present. The collection is displayed both on the grounds and in modern and historic structures on the property. Changing exhibitions of contemporary northern california art showcase emerging to established artists in the gatehouse gallery.

provide a variety of tours, lectures, performances and special programs for the public, both on the 217-acre grounds and offsite in partnership with other organizations. In 2014, over 15,800 people visited di rosa. 13,700 guests participated in guided tours led by trained volunteer guides and visited the gatehouse gallery for new and changing exhibitions. Over 2,100 guests attended public programs (including artist lectures, panel discussions, exhibition receptions, artist performances, film showings, and curator-led tours of exhibitions), the annual members' picnic and other di rosa community events.

provide educational programs for youth, families, and schools, serving as a vital community resource for northern california. In 2014, school tours brought almost 1,200 students from 33 participating schools to di rosa for specially designed learning experiences. Di rosa also offered artist lectures for educators and trainings for teachers in visual thinking strategies.

Community Stories

12 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It took me a surprisingly long time after moving to the area to learn what di Rosa was, despite always noticing it along the highway, thanks to the cut-out sheep placed on the hill side. Once I had learned what it was, it took me even longer to finally make it there, due to the limited times it is open without a reservation. So when I finally saw at least part of what it has to offer, I was astonished! All this wonderful art, and the beautiful estate, and the peacocks wandering around! It was hard to fathom why busloads of tourists weren't continually unloading to visit the premiere destination in Northern California wine country. For my birthday later in the year we made reservations and took along a bunch of visiting friends from Sacramento. None had heard of di Rosa before, but all left impressed. Information about the place is surprisingly hard to come by--despite having checked information online, I didn't know on the first visit what the free portion consisted of, or what comprised the paid tour. And the limited hours mean that I haven't taken many visitors there that I think would really enjoy it. But it is an extraordinary resource for the area that I hope to make great use of over the coming years.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The diRosa is one of the most amazing places! It is both a real gem of a place and an fine organization in an area where there are lots of facinating places and many worthy causes. Set in the exquisite natural beauty of the foothills of the Napa and Sonoma valley's it offers a perfect backdrop to the amazing art collection that was the brain child and heart child of Rene diRosa. Now wonderfully this place is in the public trust. This extroordingary and eclectic art collection is now available for the public to experience. This place is a sleeper and I believe will come to be kown as the true gem that it is, showcasing and preserving this astonishing art collection in this astonishing setting for many others to share and experience. As the arts continue to move out of the schools the diRosa moves forward to expand programs expose children to art and allow them to continue to experience art in their lives.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I grew up in Napa, but hadn't realized until recently that we had such a large and fascinating art collection, right here in our own back yard. The collection is the largest regional collection of art in the whole country, and covers the 1950s through contemporary art. My sister is not a fan of modern art (which the collection focuses on), but even she enjoyed the museum when she visited. I think a lot of people are put off by modern art because they don't understand it, and the knowledgable guides really help people to appreciate the art. The nature of the tour (only 20 people allowed at a time) and the space that the collection is housed in offer visitors the chance to really spend some quality time with the art. Every on who works and volunteers here describe it as a magical place to be, and I whole heartedly agree!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Di Rosa - Art Alive:
This contemporary collection spans the work of artists from San Francisco to Davis California. The pieces are diverse, bold, entertaining and compelling. The collections includes world famous as well as unkown artists. One underlying theme can be felt whether viewing the sculpture garden, the chapel or the galleries - The passion of the collector, Rene di Rosa, a self described "artaholic."

As David Ross stated (former director of the Whitney Museum) "this is a great treasure for all of us who love and are concerned about the future of American art."

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a magical space to experience the most incredible collection of bay area art anywhere. Take a tour through 3 galleries of astounding art with friendly docents. Stroll the beautiful grounds complete with wild gardens, vineyards, peacocks and 150 pieces of outdoor sculpture. Bay are artists including Arneson, Wiley, Allen, deForest, Frey, Hudson, and hundreds more are represented here. Almost 2000 pieces of art by over 800 artists. diRosa is truly a treasure that you wont want to miss. It's the biggest surprise of the wine country. Daring, provocative, breathtaking.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This magnificent venue lets you explore the microcosm of Bay Area Art through an enormously important and varied collection of pieces dating from the 60's to current work. Nestled in a 200 acre natural setting in Napa explore works from Arneson, Wiley, Allen, Frey, Hudson, and hundreds more artists. Take the 2 hour guided tour for the best experience and get ready to be amazed, thrilled and awed.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

Volunteers at diRosa are not treated like interchangeable parts. They are encouraged to use their personal strengths (within reason, of course) to present the fabulous art collection to the public in a way that is engaging, entertaining, and informative. Volunteers who work 'behind the scenes' are valued, as are those who are more front-and-center.
The training for volunteers is very good. The artist presentations and in-service training keep the volunteers fresh and 'on message'.The scheduling is very respectful of the volunteers' lives outside of diRosa. These are three ways the diRosa shines.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Beautiful setting in the northern California environment. The sculpture grounds and gallery spaces are an inspiration to visiting artists like myself. Educational for all ages. A wonderful asset to the art community and for visitors from around the world. Thank you di Rosa!

Donor

Rating: 5

We love to support the eclectic collection of contemporary S.F. Bay Area art, framed in a modern barn-like gallery,the founder's home and in rolling hills surrounded by lakes and vineyards - right in our own back yard in the Napa Valley. How lucky are we?

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The diRosa is a hidden gem! Right out there on Carneros Highway in Napa, with the cut-out sheep on the hill. So many wonder about it, and when they eventually get around to visiting, they are amazed. A collection of modern art placed in a natural setting amidst vineyards. Rene and Veronica diRosa created this non-profit foundation to share their art with the public. Whether you like modern art or not, this place is not to be missed.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The di Rosa is an exciting and unique art experience in the Bay Area. It is located just south of the town of Napa, near the southern gateway into the great Napa Valley wine region. Of course there are many excellent art museums, schools, and galleries to visit in this area, but the di Rosa is quite different from the others. Works in this massive collection are almost all from Northern California artists, and date from the late 1950's to the present. This makes a visit to the di Rosa an unusually good opportunity to see and appreciate the evolution and diversity of art produced here over this period of recent history. The main problem with a visit to this collection is that it is impossible to absorb it all in one visit. I never leave without planning a return visit, and at the end of each visit I have noticed that I, and the other visitors too, are all smiling; the best recommendation possible.