The Reed Applegate Collection
Reed Applegate's inspiring collection of Northern California art, the inaugural monca collection, began with a single purchase in 1964. It was a restrike of a Katie Kollwitz work, “The March of the Weavers.” Over the next several years, another print would occasionally be purchased or an artwork traded with an artist friend.
Chico-based Applegate continued his focus on purchasing from area artists in the mid 1970’s. By the early 1980’s the idea of creating a museum featuring art created in Northern California started to take shape and he decided to expand his collecting to include well-known Bay Area and Sacramento artists. If the collection had well-known artists, then peoples’ attention could be directed to lesser-known artists. Thus the boundaries of the collection were established: the southern border stretched from San Jose across to the Nevada border and the northern boundary reached to the Oregon border.
The collection includes several works by major artists including prints by Wayne Thiebaud, Roy De Forest, Nathan Olivera and Robert Arneson, paintings by Roland Peterson, Paul Wonner, and California Society of Six member Maurice Logan and an ink wash figure drawing by David Park.
The collection has grown to include 400+ works of art by over ninety-six artists in a variety of media including paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture and ceramics. The vision of the museum is to extend the collection not only in size, but also in breadth to include video art, installation art and conceptual art.