The Pence Gallery's mission is to serve the community through offering high caliber art exhibits, supporting the development of local /and regional/ artists, and providing educational programs to visitors of all ages. The Pence Gallery fulfills this mission through museum-caliber exhibitions and educational programs. These offerings are supported by Pence Gallery Association and guided by the Director.

The Association raises funds through memberships, gifts, art sales, and special events. Docent volunteers host the Gallery during open hours and assist the Director and Gallery Assistant with regular operations. Since its incorporation in 1976, the Pence Gallery has served as a leader in the visual arts of Northern California.

Photo credit: Robina Slizeski

The Pence Gallery is a 501-c-3 nonprofit art organization founded in 1976.

The Pence Gallery in the heart of downtown Davis, California is a not-for-profit art gallery. Its name derives from the original benefactors, Joe and Hazel Pence. The building, once the site of Joe Pence's thriving dental practice, was gifted to the city of Davis by the couple to be used as a venue for the fine arts.

A hallmark for the fine arts, the Pence Gallery has been a member of the Davis community for over thirty years. Fine art exhibitions throughout the year are partnered with art lectures, Art Smart programs, and tours.

V.P. of Programs
V.P. of Development


Wil Uecker
Sherry Cauchois
Sue Smith
Carol Livingston
Megumi Yamanoha
Cona Adams-Reno
Joanne Andresen
Thomas Doyle
Ken Kirsch
Rosa Marquez
Felicia Miller
Barbara Smithson

Natalie Nelson
is the Director/Curator of the Pence Gallery, a nonprofit art organization centering on exhibiting the work of Northern alifornia artists. She currently curates an active calendar of changing exhibits, in addition to developing education programs for adults and children.

She has an MA in Art History from USC, and has worked for over 20 years in museums and nonprofit art galleries. She is also an artist and educator, who has taught classes for many years at the Crocker and other organizations.

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Eileen Hendren
Assistant Director, comes to the Pence from a 21 year business career that focused on marketing. With a BA and MA in English and a minor in Art History, she spends her time working on membership, curating the Andresen gallery and coordinating the gift shop

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Tim Barrera
Preparator, was born and lives in Woodland, and has his own business as a framer. He has a BA in art from UC Davis, and currently works with artists to install their exhibits, and enjoys meeting the diverse people who visit the Gallery.

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Sohyung Choi
Designer, is the principal graphic and web designer for the Pence. She also photographs and edits most of the images on the web site.  Sohyung has a BA from University of California, Davis and a MFA from Mills College, Oakland.

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Katharine Schultz
Education & Development Associate, assists with educational programs, fundraising, and marketing and previously managed the Teens Take Charge Program at the Pence. Katharine has a BA and MA in Art History from the University of California, Davis and enjoys printmaking and drawing in her free time.

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Jenna Matsubara
Marketing Assistant, helps advertise the Pence’s art exhibitions, gallery events, and programs through marketing and social media platforms. Jenna has a BA in Art History and minor in Studio Art from the University of California, Davis. Her interests include learning more about the Davis art community, along with experimenting with ceramics and mixed-media paintings.

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Natana Aldana, Designer

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212 D Street, Davis, CA 95616 | phone 530.758.3370 | fax 530.758.4670 | Open Hours Tue-Sun 11:30 AM - 5 PM | 2nd Friday ArtAbout Reception 6-9 PM (free admission)

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