Few artists, if any, have provided the Golden State with as much publicly accessible art as Millard Sheets. Dozens of mid-century banks, theaters, and other buildings of his design and with his artwork can be found throughout the state, largely in Southern California, but in Northern California as well.
On Sunday, March 18, fans will have a chance to visit some of Sheets’ greatest works in his hometown thanks to the Los Angeles Conservancy, as part of Pacific Standard Time, a statewide effort focusing attention on mid-century art and design.
‘Millard Sheets: A Legacy of Art & Architecture,’ is a self-driving tour, with docents at each of six locations in Pomona and Claremont. Stops include the Garrison Theater at Scripps College, Sheets’ former studio, the Pomona Mall, and three banks, one of which now houses the American Museum of Mosaic Art.
Sheets’ banks are museums as much as centers for commerce, with sculpture and murals by many of his collaborators, including Susan Hertel, John Svensen, and Denis O’Connor.
For more information: Los Angeles Conservancy.