About monca


The mission of the Museum of Northern California Art is to make art accessible and promote awareness of northern California artists through collections, exhibitions, and educational programs.


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

Reed Applegate has been an avid collector of northern California art, initially purchasing from area artists in the mid 1960’s, and since then has maintained a consistent focus on pieces that were created anywhere north of San Jose, California.  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.  

Meghan Byers

Chico native, background in studio art including time spent studying traditional illustration at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Graduate of CSU Chico with a degree in Art History and Museum Studies. Participated in various art/museum education internships at CSU Chico which involved extensive hands-on teaching to K-12 students locally. In the fall of 2011, assisted the Museum of Education department in assembling the Clayton Bailey's World of Wonders exhibition at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, CA. Currently working toward a career as a curator or museum educator.

Carol DiGiovanni, AM

Accredited Member of the American Society of Appraisers with a designation in Antiques & Decorative Arts; serving clients throughout the Sacramento Valley and foothill communities.  She began her career working for noted Southern California antiquarian Gep Durenberger, then moved with her husband to Chico in 1988 where they raised their three children.  Currently a member of the North State Symphony board of directors, and past board member for the Stansbury House, Chico Heritage Association, and the Association for Northern California Records & Research.

Molly Stokes

Born & raised in Northern California, BA in Computer Information Systems from Humboldt State University. Has worked as a Project Accountant for the last nineteen years for AECOM, a global engineering company. Enthusiastic art appreciator and supporter of arts and arts community in Chico.

Trudy Duisenberg, Secretary

Fourteen years in marketing and contracts administration with Silver Burdett and Addison-Wesley textbook publishers. Founder of Coastlight Press which published The Silicon Syndrome, Coastlight: An Anthology of Contemporary Poets of the Bay Area and Alive Into the Wilderness: the Autobiography of a Married Priest. Community collaboration experience as President of the Palo Alto/Midpeninsula Arts Council for six years. Retired from Enloe Medical Center after seven years as Community Outreach Coordinator. 

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. 


Emily Gallo

Matt Donner

Nancy Leverette

Kristine Mazzei

Jimmy Snidle

Joanne Harley