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 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.

JoAnn Morgan

Ms. Morgan attended Stanford University. Before coming to Chico she lived in the Washington, DC area where she was Public Affairs Specialist for the National Institute on Aging, and editor for the World Wildlife Fund annual magazine, worked as a producer for DC television stations and for five years owned a contemporary fine art gallery. Upon moving to Butte County she served two years as the Executive Director of the Greater North Valley Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. Morgan also served eight years on the Turner Print Museum board of directors, including a term as President.

Walton Walker

An art lover all his life, Walker has attended art classes at Butte College and Chico State University, as well as various art seminars. He is a founding member of the Artists of River Town, and has served on the Oroville Arts Commission. Past affiliations include: Butte County Farm Bureau Board of Directors (past President), Oroville Lions Club (past President), Breakfast Rotary Club (member), Oroville Veterans Memorial Committee (member), and the Crocker Art Museum (member). For the Artists of River Town, Walker has participated in art education, primarily with children. Walker is also a life member of the Vietnam Veterans of America, life member of the V.F.W., life member of the 173rd Airborne Brigade, life member of AMVETS, and a member of the American Legion.

Claire Pelley

Ms. Pelley works in the international development sector training organizations to use videography and innovative technologies to better achieve their objectives. From 2010 – 2012 she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines. Her projects at public high schools included professional development trainings for teachers, a library renovation, and piloting an HIV/AIDS peer educators program which is being used as a provincial directive. Ms. Pelley is an art lover and enjoys bringing cultural events to the community. She also serves on the Executive Committee of TEDxChico. She holds a degree in journalism from the University of Denver.

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

Trudy Duisenberg

Maribeth Growdon

Matt Donner

Nancy Leverette

Kristine Mazzei

Jimmy Snidle

Joanne Harley