The vision of the Museum of Northern California Art is to be a vehicle for communities in the region to experience and create art for the sake of enjoyment, expression, social cohesion, innovation and communication. The museum will improve public perception of art by creating vital educational programs that inspire enthusiasm and increase the quality of life for artists, art enthusiasts and the public at large.
Board of Directors
Reed Applegate has been a dedicated collector of northern California art since the mid-60's. Initially his collection focused on Chico area artists but, over time, expanded to include artists from north of San Jose to the Oregon border. Applegate has collected numerous works by major artists including prints by Wayne Thiebaud, Roy DeForest, Nathan Olivera and Robert Arneson, paintings by Roland Petersen, Paul Wonner and California Society of Six member Maurice Logan, and an ink wash figure drawing by David Park. The collection now includes paintings, watercolors, prints, drawings, sculpture, ceramics, and photography. He received the Janet Turner Prize for Excellence in the Arts in 2012.
PAT MACIAS, PRESIDENT
Art Educator for over 35 years, kindergarten through university levels with certification in Michigan, Missouri and California. Previously worked as a gallery director at the 1078 Gallery in Chico, CA. Education and Docent Coordinator at Laumeier Sculpture Park in St. Louis, MO and Lead Reader and Scorer for Educational Testing Service/Art Praxis Tests for the past 14 years.
Ms. Byers currently works for a local e-commerce company, and is committed to helping monca extend its reach through web, social media, and educational outreach. She is a Chico native, with a background in studio art, including time spent studying Traditional Illustration at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Ms. Byers holds a degree in Art History and Museum Studies from CSU, Chico, and while there participated in various art/museum education internships involving extensive hands-on teaching to K-12 students locally. In the fall of 2011, she assisted the Museum Education department in assembling the "Clayton Bailey's World of Wonders" exhibition at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, CA.
Molly stokes, treasurer
Born & raised in Northern California, Ms. Stokes holds a BA in Computer Information Systems from Humboldt State University. Ms. Stokes has worked as a Project Accountant for the last nineteen years for AECOM, a global engineering company. She is an enthusiastic art appreciator and supporter of arts and arts community in Chico.
Chris Bodney is a local financial advisor who has called Chico his home since 1995. As a Chartered Financial Consultant and Chartered Life Underwriter he works with many local business owners and professionals specializing in Wealth Preservation and Distribution planning. He has extensive experience helping his clients support the local community through planned giving. He and his wife Mallory (a teacher at Forest Ranch Charter School), have two young children, have an active interest in the local educational community and are excited to help bring monca’s vision to life.
Originally from Napa, California, Ken graduated from St. Mary’s College of California in 1985 with a BA in Management. Ken has been a licensed Real Estate Salesperson since 1987, and currently works as a real esate broker with Keller Williams Realty Chico. Ken’s volunteer and charitable work goes back to nearly a decade with the Moraga Education Foundation (MEF) in the San Francisco East Bay where he served as a board member and President to raise millions of dollars for the local public schools focused in arts, music, technology and supplemental programs. In Chico, Ken has been an active member of the Chico Chamber of Commerce serving as an Ambassador. Prior to being a member of the Chamber of Commerce, Ken was a member of Rotary in Half Moon Bay, Moraga, and Chico. Ken is currently a member of Chico Elks Lodge, and continues to seek service and neighborhood based opportunities to support our wonderful Northern California lifestyles. Ken has resided in Chico since 2006 with his wife, Linda.
David Hopper founded Orient & Flume Art Glass in Chico, CA in 1972. Under his leadership and management the business gained world-wide recognition. In 1982, he built a glass sculpture studio in Paradise, CA. His art glass has been exhibited in galleries and museums across the world, including 14 one man shows in galleries within the continental U.S. and Germany. In 1984, David started Paradise Pictures, providing memorial portraits for cemetery markers. David and his wife Shari are avid supporters of the arts in the North State. He says of monca, “Shari and I have followed the efforts of monca’s board of directors and agree with its mission. A regional art museum will be a great benefit to both the Chico community and to communities throughout northern California”.
Mary moved to Chico in 1974, then moved to the Bay Area in 2003. She retired in 2013 and she and her husband Eddie returned to Chico. Mary has 30 years of experience in Higher Education; twenty years at CSU, Chico and ten years at UC Davis. Mary's expertise is in Finance and Management which includes fiscal management, human resources, staffing, training, can physical building management. During that time, Mary's particular interest and education was leadership training and team building. Mary enjoys being back in Chico and closer to her son, daughter, and friends.
Originally from the East Coast, Rodger moved to Chico last year after living in San Francisco for 25 years. Rodger is a graduate of Boston University, where he was a documentary filmmaker, with an art history concentration, and now is a fine art photographer with a specialization in floral photography. Rodger has had an award- winning career in hospitality management and food and wine marketing, promoting clients from around the globe. In addition, Rodger has been a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals and the San Francisco Professional Food Society, where he served several terms on the board of directors. He has also served on the arts committee of his San Francisco church and is a member of 1078 gallery in Chico.
Born and raised in Richmond, California, Sally lived in Oakland for 30 years before moving to Chico in 2011. She has been a lifelong art enthusiast, an interest initially sparked by children's and teen classes at Richmond Art Center. She enjoyed many art history courses in college and later went on to design and fabricate jewelry. More and more, she and her husband Ron find themselves making art a major focus of their travels. Since moving to Chico, Sally has been impressed by the local art scene and believes monca will be a great asset to Chico and the greater region.