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.
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.
Richard A. Ward Fellowship Recipients
2020-2021 Shaelyn Hanes, MA, CCA
2019-2020 Arleene Correa Valencia, MFA, CCA
2018-2019 Jordan Holms, MFA, SFAI
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.