FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Millard Sheets: The Scripps Years, 1932-1955
September 1 October 14, 2007
Opening Reception: Sunday, September 9, 3-6pm
Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, Scripps College
Eleventh and Columbia Streets, Claremont 91711-3948
Contact: Kirk Delman
(909) 607-3397, fax (909) 607-4691
Web site, http://www.scrippscollege.edu/dept/gallery
Gallery hours, Wednesday Sunday, 1-5pm
Millard Sheets, “Driftwood”, 1937, Watercolor on Paper, 19 1/8 in. x 29 1/4 inches.
Scripps College, Gift of General and Mrs. Edward Clinton Young.
The Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery at Scripps College is pleased to present the exhibition Millard Sheets: The Scripps Years on view from September 1 to October 14 2007. The opening reception, which will be held at the Gallery on September 9, from 3 to 5 p.m., is free and open to the public.
The exhibition features paintings and works on paper by artist Millard Sheets (1907-1989), who in the 1930s emerged as a leader of the “California Style” of watercolor painting and in the next two decades expanded his artistic processes to oil, acrylic and mosaic design.
The Scripps exhibition is co-curated by gallery director Mary MacNaughton and collection manager Kirk Delman, in collaboration with art historian Janet Blake, who is an expert on Sheets’ art. The exhibition focuses on Sheets’ dual role as an artist and educator during the years he taught Scripps, from 1932-1955. During that time, in addition to teaching, Sheets traveled extensively around the world. The works in the exhibition reflect his experiences in the 1930s in Hawaii and Mexico, and in the 1940s in the Far East, where he was a war correspondent for Life magazine.
At Scripps Sheets built a strong studio art faculty, including Jean Ames in design, Phil Dike in watercolor painting, Henry Lee McFee in oil painting, Richard Petterson in ceramics, Albert Stewart in sculpture and Marion Stewart in weaving. Sheets also attracted many students to Scripps and the Graduate School. Together with the faculty artists in the 1940s and 1950s, he made Claremont into a vital artistic community.
The Scripps exhibition parallels another exhibition that celebrates the hundredth anniversary of Millard Sheets’ birth, Tapestry of Life: The World of Millard Sheets, which will be seen at the Los Angeles County Fair from September 7 to September 30. The exhibition is directed by Tony Sheets, the artist’s son, and selected by Janet Blake.
In conjunction with the exhibition, Janet Blake will lecture on Millard Sheets’ art on September 18, in the Hampton Room of the Malott Commons, at 12 noon. This event is co-sponsored by the Malott Commons Office and the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery.
The Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery is located in Claremont, CA, at Eleventh Street and Columbia Ave., adjacent to Baxter Hall. The Gallery is open to the public, free of charge, Wednesday through Sunday, from 1-5 p.m.
Scripps College, founded in 1926 by newspaper publisher, educator, and philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps, is the women’s college of the Claremont Colleges. Its four-year liberal arts curriculum emphasizes interdisciplinary studies in the humanities, fine arts, social sciences, and sciences. The Scripps mission is to “develop in its students the ability to think clearly and independently, and the ability to live confidently, courageously, and hopefully.”