History

. . . pioneering a collaborative model between artists and museums

1983 Indian Valley Artists, Inc. is formed by eleven artists from College of Marin’s Indian Valley Campus. The mission is to create an organization that will provide a supportive structure for artists’ growth while incorporating a strong element of community service.

1993 Indian Valley Artists clean out and use the abandoned 500 Building at Hamilton Field for exhibitions. Meetings begin with City of Novato to use the administration buildings as a local art center.

2000 Novato City Council votes to establish the Novato Arts Center at Hamilton Field. Indian Valley Artists, Inc. begins a sweat-equity build-out and renovation of an adjoining space (Building 781). Building 781 is the initial gallery and artist workspace for the art center.

2005 The name of the organization is changed to the Art League of Northern California. The gallery is moved from Building 781 to the left wing of Building 500. A lease is signed with the City of Novato for three gallery spaces in Building 500. The first traveling national exhibition is held in the new gallery.

2007 Art League of Northern California becomes Marin Museum of Contemporary Art (MarinMOCA) and the member artists are now known as the Artists of MarinMOCA.