Julia Arger, Chair of the Nevada Arts Council Board

Julia Arger, who is called “Julie” by her family and friends, moved to Reno with her husband, Dr. Kosta Arger, in 1979 from Washington State.  A twin and the youngest of seven sisters, she graduated in 1971 with a degree in English from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington.  After teaching high school English for ten years, she focused the next twenty years on raising their three children, daughter Katarena and sons, Anthony and Nicholas. 

During those years she also volunteered as an active member of the Washoe County Medical Society Auxiliary (AWCMS), serving as its president in 1991. She was a founding member of Health Access Washoe County (HAWC) a community health clinic and served on its Board of Directors for ten years.  A constant volunteer in her children’s classrooms, she was also a member of the Junior League of Reno.  She and her family are members of St. Anthony’s Greek Orthodox Church. 

In 1993, she and Kosta, started the Nevada Museum of Art’s highly successful Wine Event, A Taste for Art, chairing it for several years.  They own Odyssey Vineyards in the Napa Valley and are partners in Arger-Martucci Vineyards winery located in St. Helena.  Since 1995 she has run their import company called Primavera Imports, importing Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar from Italy. 

When you see Julia, she is likely wearing a hat, inspired by her grandmother who was trained as a milliner in the early 1900’s.  Collecting fine art has been a passion for Julia and her husband during their 34 years of marriage and they both share a keen appreciation for all aspects of the arts.