Pence Gallery

Reviewed by the Sacramento Region Community Foundation

$16,429 raised by 67 donors

75% complete

$22,000 Goal

The Pence Gallery was founded in 1975 by a consortium of artists, University faculty, and community members in Davis, California.  The following year, the Pence incorporated as a nonprofit art gallery.  The original building was the former office of Dr. Joe Pence, a local dentist with a strong interest in the arts.  When Joe and Hazel Pence gifted the building and grounds to the City of Davis, this consortium petitioned the City for its use as a gallery.  The original building was replaced by a two-story, three gallery facility in 2005, designed by San Francisco architects Wayne Barcelon and Darlene Jang.  While the Pence is located on City-owned land, the Pence Gallery Association owns the building and is responsible for all expenses.  The Pence serves as a forum for ideas related to the arts. Located in downtown Davis, we serve over 18,000 visitors annually and provide opportunities for adults, children, and youth to learn about art processes and media.  Through art classes and lectures, we provide visitors throughout Yolo, Sacramento, and Solano counties access to hear and learn from established local and regional artists.  Our volunteers give tours and help support our community outreach and events, such as our Garden Tour and Art Auction.


The Pence Gallery's mission is to serve the community through displaying high caliber art exhibits, supporting the development of local and regional artists, and providing educational programs to visitors of all ages.


The Pence Gallery coordinates an ambitious exhibit schedule of 20 solo and group exhibits by regional artists annually. In order to continue to have high caliber displays, we need support to cover research, marketing, printing, and the installation of each artist's work. We work with artists for up to two years on each exhibit, thus it takes staff time to build great exhibits that serve to expand our audience's knowledge of art and concept what qualifies as art. Many of the solo exhibits we host are of emerging artists--artists who are new to exhibiting and need support to develop a body of work.

In addition, we are currently seeking funding for our ArtSmart hands-on school program. ArtSmart is our field trip program at the Pence Gallery; Children in grades Kindergarten to 6th grade participate in a docent tour of a current exhibit and discuss their interpretation of artwork. Afterward, they create an art project related to what they've seen on display. This increased funding would add our ability to pay our artist teacher to develop more curriculum and research other projects in conjunction with upcoming exhibits. We also are in need of funding to be able to offer scholarships to schools in need, as many schools have asked for support to come (We currently charge $8/per student to attend, and barely break even on the program). We could also develop this as an outreach program to the schools, including staffing, materials, and a travel stipend. Our request for sponsoring the ArtSmart school program for one year is $6,000. This program serves from 600-1,000 students, teachers, and parents annually.

The Pence Gallery is interested in finding potential volunteer Board Members who are interested in the arts and have time to actively volunteer to assist staff to support the organization through fundraising, event management, and general administration. We are looking to diversify our Board in terms of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and geographic residence.

Equity Statement


Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Commitment Statement

At the Pence, we think that art can bring us together, to listen to and learn from one another. The Pence strongly believes that art is for everyone, regardless of class, race, ethnicity, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, physical abilities, or faith. Reflecting our Mission Statement, we affirm that our goal is to serve the community by offering exhibits and programs that reflect and enrich the lives of people of diverse backgrounds. We acknowledge that the voices of many people of different racial and ethnic backgrounds have been ignored, attacked, or silenced. The very real work of addressing this systemic, interpersonal, and intrapersonal racism is part of our continuing efforts to act with honesty, inclusiveness, and humility in our interactions with artists, each other, and the greater public. Art possesses the unique ability to express and redress aspects of this racial inequity, and its power and beauty lies in communicating across lines that normally divide us.

The Pence is committed to being an anti-racist organization, and we welcome all people and communities who have felt marginalized in the art world to collaborate with us on this ongoing journey. In both our words and our actions, we strive to be a place where diversity, equity, and inclusion is respected and fostered. In addition to being an admission-free gallery, the Pence is working to ensure that everyone in our region has the opportunity to participate in the arts, express themselves, and share their work with the larger community. We aspire to be an inclusive, culturally rich, and essential community-based organization.

Organization Data


Organization name

Pence Gallery

Year Established


Tax id (EIN)


Mission Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Operating Budget


Organization Need

Funding: Program, Board Members, Technology

Demographics Served

Youth & Children, Low-income individuals/families, General population

Local Counties Served


Equity Statement

Equity Statement


212 D Street
Davis, CA 95616

Service areas

Yolo, CA, US

Solano, CA, US

Napa, CA, US

Sacramento, CA, US





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