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Oral history interview with Millard Sheets, 1986 October-1988 July

interviewee
Sheets, Millard Owen, 1907-1989
interviewer
Karlstrom, Paul J., 1941-
Subject
Modra, Theodore B.
Hatfield, Dalzell
Chamberlin, F. Tolles (Frank Tolles),
Feitelson, Lorser
Lebrun, Rico
Chouinard Art Institute (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Type
Sound recordings
Interviews
Record number
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12825
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213761
AAA_collcode_sheets86
Place of publication, production, or execution
California
Physical Description
Transcript: 167 pages.
General Note
Originally recorded on 8 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 16 digital wav files. Duration is 8 hr., 13 min.
Access Note / Rights
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Summary
An interview with Millard Sheets conducted 1986 October-1988 July, by Paul Karlstrom, for the Archives of American Art.
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.
Citation
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Millard Sheets, 1986 October-1988 July. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms
Transcript available on line.
Funding
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.
Biography Note
Millard Sheets (1907-1989) was a painter, educator, designer, and mural painter from California.
Provenance
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.
Location Note
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Data Source
Archives of American Art