'There are several unique aspects of the Pence Gallery that deserve to be highlighted. As a Gallery, we are determined to remain free for all to view our exhibits, even if they are traveling exhibits with related expenses. Our children's programs are also low-cost, in order to allow the broadest amount of families and schools to participate. The Pence is also a site for new and emerging artists to show their work, in non-juried annual exhibits such as our Exhibit It!, student shows in collaboration with UC Davis, and other community groups such as the Short Center for disabled adults. We prioritize exhibits that are developed or supported by the community, thus we annually invite artists or curators to jury exhibits for the Pence. Our exhibits vary from solo artist shows, to interdisciplinary juried exhibits, or collections of rare or unusual art. Recently, we began a month-long artist studio project in October, in which an artist builds a piece of art or an installation over 30 days, collaborating with community members and students. In addition, we offer a series of school programs that are unique in the area for giving students a hands-on art making experience, alongside a guided tour of a related exhibit. Students learn to express their own thoughts about original works of art, and gain inspiration for their project that is taught by a professional artist. Programs prioritize learning skills, media, and artistic processes from professional artists.'
Sue Smith, Board President