Millard Sheets -
Born in Pomona, California on June 24,
1907, Sheets grew up on a ranch where he developed a love of the land
and horses. After graduating from Pomona High School, he enrolled at
the Chouinard Art School in Los Angeles (1925-29) where he was a pupil
of Chamberlin and Hinkle. He further studied with Theodore Modra.
After traveling and painting in Europe, he taught at Chouinard from
1929-34 and in 1948. During the 1920s and 1930s he came into national
focus with his regionalist scenes similar to those of Thomas Hart
Benton. He was an art professor and director at Scripps College from
1932-55 and then spent six years as director of the Otis Art Institute.
In 1960, Sheets moved north to the Mendocino coast where he built his
dream home "Barking Rocks" in Gualala. He lived there until his death
on March 31, 1989.
His works are mostly landscapes inspired by California and his world
travels. As an architectural designer and muralist, he produced over 100
murals and mosaics and designed a like number of buildings including the
Home Savings & Loan buildings throughout California.
California Art Club; American
Watercolor Society; Bohemian Club; National Academy.
Los Angeles County Fair, 1918, 1928 (1st prizes); California Watercolor
Society, 1926-55; Arizona State Fair, 1928 (1st prize); Paris Salon,
1929; Hatfield Gallery (LA), 1929 (1st solo); Los Angeles County Museum
of Art, 1930; Oakland Art Gallery, 1932; Century of Progress Exposition
(Chicago), 1933; Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1937; Whitney Museum (New York
City), 1939; New York World's Fair, 1939; Golden Gate International
Exhibition, 1939; Pasadena Art Institute, 1950 (solo); Metropolitan
Museum of Art, 1966.
Museum of Modern Art, New York City; Scripps College; White House
(Washington, DC); San Diego Museum; Los Angeles Public Library; Art
Institute of Chicago; San Francisco Museum of Art; Brooklyn Museum;
Seattle Museum; Cleveland Museum; Smithsonian Inst.; Metropolitan Museum
of Art; De Young Museum; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; National
Museum of American Art; Whitney Museum; Carnegie Institute (Pittsburgh);
High Museum (Atlanta); San Jose (CA) Airport (mural); Pasadena Jr. High
School; Irvine (CA) Museum; Orange Co. (CA) Museum; Fort Worth (TX)
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
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