Pence Gallery Association

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

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Address: 212 D Street
Davis, CA 95616
County or Parish: Yolo County
Executive Director: Natalie Nelson
Contact Email:
Primary Phone: 530-758-3370 x2
Fax: 530-758-4670
The Pence Gallery was founded in 1975 by a consortium of artists, University faculty, and community members in Davis, California and incorporated as a nonprofit shortly thereafter. The original building was the former office of Dr. Joe Pence, a colorful 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 21,000 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 serves the community by offering free admission to its art exhibits at no cost, therefore, we are seeking unrestricted donations to fund the development and installation of art by well-established artists in Northern California. Our exhibits also connect the community with artists through talks, workshops, and demonstrations, and these programs require funding on an on-going basis. In addition, several of our youth programs (ArtSmart & Teens Take Charge) operate on a very small budget, and in order to serve more people, and make the necessary investments in supplies, staffing, and training, the Pence needs funding for project-specific programs.

Other immediate funding needs include facility improvements such a fresh paint job for the building to protect it from weather and general wear-and-tear.

Our top needs:
  1. Funding: Unrestricted - The Pence Gallery is seeking funding for several projects that will enable us to better reach diverse audiences, and to redevelop its facility to better house programs that are hands-on learning opportunities.
  2. Funding: Program - In addition, we are currently seeking funding to support our College Internship program ($1000), as well as our Teens Take Charge program ($6000). This increased funding would add our ability to pay stipends to artists and interns.
  3. Board Members - The Pence Gallery is interested in finding potential Board Members who are interested in the arts, and have time and experience in the following fields of retail sales, business, finance, or accounting.
  4. Other - Please Describe - The Pence is also looking to fund the exterior painting of the Gallery, which is estimated at $10,000. This project is necessary to protect the Building, and to add to the facility's aesthetic appearance. It hasn't been painted since 2005.
  5. Funding: Program - The Pence is aiming to fund a program for school children that would expand our offerings to more schools in the region.
The Pence Gallery is a jewel in the heart of downtown Davis and an important part of the regional art scene, helping to make downtown Davis a destination for the arts for the past forty years. The Gallery offers art education programs for adults and children, outstanding and innovative art exhibits, and supports local and regional artists. As Chair of the Pence Board of Directors, I see great opportunities for the Pence to expand and enhance its offerings to the local community and beyond. To realize those opportunities, we need your support. On behalf of the Pence Board of Directors, please give generously to the Pence during this Big Day of Giving event. Thank you. Wil Uecker, Chair