Impact of 2017 Fires

Updated February 2018

On October 9, 2017, di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art sustained damages from the Northern California wildfires. The fire swept through the north edge of the property (Milliken Peak), affecting the outdoor sculpture collection. A temporary storage facility was also partially burned, although the vast majority of the collection, when not on view, is housed in professional storage offsite. Fortunately the wind shifted before the fire reached di Rosa’s galleries and administrative offices, but heavy smoke containing toxic and acidic contaminants engulfed the entire property, resulting in smoke damage in the Residence Gallery and offices.

di Rosa has hired SF Art Conservation to assist in the immense project of conserving all of the artworks affected by the fires and smoke. Beginning in January 2018, conservators have been onsite cleaning the outdoor artworks, and all artworks from the Residence Gallery and administrative offices are being cleaned and conserved offsite. As a result, the Residence Gallery will remain closed through 2018.

di Rosa is grateful to have received an Emergency CAP (Collections Assessment for Preservation Program) grant to facilitate a master preservation plan to upgrade the facilities, ensuring ongoing preservation and stewardship of the collection.

To learn about our conservation efforts and follow our progress, visit our conservation page.

Archive of post-fires communications:
November 7, 2017 Press Release
October 26, 2017 Eblast: Update from di Rosa
October 17, 2017 Eblast: To Our Community