At di Rosa, we recognize that the best way to learn is by doing. That is why we offer a variety of meaningful paid and unpaid pre-professional opportunities for students to experience the inner workings of an art organization. Internships and fellowships are available to graduate and undergraduate students across di Rosa’s departments, providing exciting ways gain skills and knowledge that can be carried forward into their careers.
di Rosa offers a limited number of internships in the areas of Collections Management, Collections Care, Development, Marketing, and Arts Administration for credit in association with colleges and universities in the Bay Area and beyond. Requirements, availability, and details vary by department.
Richard A. Ward Education Fellowship
The di Rosa Richard A. Ward Education Fellowship provides graduate-level students the opportunity to gain pre-professional museum experience while working within the Department of Education and Civic Engagement. Under the mentorship of di Rosa’s staff, the Fellow will interface with featured artists, assist with exhibitions, and develop learning materials related to di Rosa’s renowned collection of Northern California art. This unique opportunity provides an exciting way for a student to understand the inner workings of a contemporary art organization while building a variety of important skills relevant to a future career in the field.
Our Inaugural Richard A. Ward Education Fellow for the 2018-2019 Academic Year is Jordan Holms.
Hailing from Vancouver, BC, Holms received her BFA in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art + Design, and is currently pursuing a dual MFA/MA at the San Francisco Art Institute. A visual artist and curator, Holms’s studio practice employs painting, sculpture, and textiles to examine how space is materialized and organized. Her work has been exhibited internationally in Canada, the US and the UK. Holms formerly served as the director of SFAI’s Swell Gallery at Fort Mason Center For Arts and Culture, and was most recently commissioned by Adidas to create a site-specific painting for their San Francisco Market Street storefront.
“I am thrilled to have been selected as this year’s Richard A. Ward Education Fellow. I am excited to spend this time working alongside the di Rosa team, leading educational gallery tours, and supporting the collections and exhibitions program artists that make di Rosa such an exceptional place. I want to thank the di Rosa team, Linda Reiff, and Richard’s friends, family, and colleagues for their generosity and for making this opportunity possible. With much gratitude, I look forward to everything I will learn in the year ahead.” – Jordan Holms
RICHARD A. WARD was a very early and avid supporter of Rene di Rosa’s vision and bucolic preserve that is now di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art. For many years Richard served on di Rosa’s Board of Directors, as well as various committees and task forces, to help with its planning, finances, design, and engineering projects. The organization is a neighbor of Saintsbury vineyards and winery which Richard founded in 1981 with his business partner David Graves. Saintsbury, along with Rene and Veronica di Rosa and other friends, helped the Carneros region become synonymous with creating world-class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines in the southern region of Napa and Sonoma counties.
Richard grew up in North Carolina and Washington, D.C., graduated from Tufts University in Boston with a degree in engineering, and studied wine and viticulture at the University of California, Davis. A lover of modern art, literature, music, gardening, great food, wine, and conversation, Richard lived a full life in Napa Valley. He passed away in 2017 from complications after bone marrow transplant, following years of radiation therapy to fight prostate cancer. The Richard A. Ward Fellowship was created by his wife Linda Reiff, along with support of friends and family, to celebrate an extraordinary man and a place he loved, and bolster the future of like-minded graduate students pursuing careers in the arts. To make a contribution, please click here.