December is a month of holidays and giving. So we’re pleased to have a chance this month to highlight di Rosa, a unique place started in the spirit of community and imbued with a sense of wonder.


Situated on over 200 acres of idyllic Napa landscape, di Rosa houses a foremost collection of contemporary Bay Area art, with nearly 2,000 works by 800 artists. A wide range of styles, media, and subject matter provide an overview of the creative energy and freedom to experiment that characterize this region of California.


Now considered the most significant assemblage of Bay Area art in the world, the collection began with the late Rene and Veronica di Rosa’s support for local artists. Through the years, works of art in various media came to fill the di Rosa’s residence, two galleries, and an expansive outdoor sculpture garden, where whimsical resident peacocks roam the grounds.   


William Duff, WDA’s founder, has served on the di Rosa Board of Directors since 2012, and will become board President in 2015. From his first visit during an opening of a juried biennial exhibition celebrating emerging Bay Area artists, Duff was drawn to the creative energy apparent in the place. He continues to find inspiration for his architectural practice every time he visits di Rosa, a place that provokes the artistic spirit and imagination through celebrating the art and artists of California in an extraordinary landscape. “The collection and artistic spirit the di Rosas fostered grew into a vibrant and interesting museum space,” Duff says, “and I’m thrilled to be part of the community that’s furthering the di Rosa legacy.”


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