Oral history interview with Millard Sheets

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.sheets86
Creators:
Sheets, Millard, 1907-1989
Karlstrom, Paul J.
Dates:
1986 October-1988 July
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
167 Pages
Transcript
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
An interview with Millard Sheets conducted 1986 October-1988 July, by Paul Karlstrom, for the Archives of American Art.
Scope and Contents
Sheets speaks of his childhood and early education; attending Chouinard Art Institute and being influenced by instructor F. Tolles Chamberlin; teaching at Scripps College Foundation of Art from 1931 to 1955; the beginnings of the California Watercolor Society; his painting career; his thoughts on Southern California Modernism; the growth and development of California art; artists including Lorser Feitelson and Rico Lebrun; designing forty buildings for Howard Ahmanson from the 1950s through the 1970s; his relationships with art critics; his involvement with architecture and design; and his philosophy as an art teacher. He recalls Theodore Modra and Dalzell Hatfield.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Millard Sheets (1907-1989) was a painter, educator, designer, and mural painter from California.

Administration
Existence and Location of Copies
Transcript available on line.
Author
Sponsor
Funding for the digital preservation of this interview was provided by a grant from the Save America's Treasures Program of the National Park Service.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
These interviews are part of the Archives' Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and others.

General
General
Originally recorded on 8 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 16 digital wav files. Duration is 8 hr., 13 min.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- United States Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art -- Study and teaching -- California Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Painting, Modern -- 20th century -- California Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Painters -- California -- Interviews Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Designers -- California -- Interviews Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Educators -- California -- Interviews Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Muralists -- California -- Interviews Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Watercolorists -- California -- Interviews Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Feitelson, Lorser, 1898-1978 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Hatfield, Dalzell, 1893-1963 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Lebrun, Rico, 1900-1964 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Modra, Theodore B., 1873-1930 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Chamberlin, F. Tolles (Frank Tolles), 1873-1961 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Chouinard Art Institute (Los Angeles, Calif.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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