millard sheets art center

Through our year-round exhibitions, educational programs, events, and workshops, the Millard Sheets Art Center provides the community with meaningful and fun experiences within the world of visual arts.

As part of The Learning Centers at Fairplex, we engage the community at multiple levels of education. Our programs build on The Learning Centers’ (TLC) dedication to innovative experiences and give our visitors a unique experience.

“The artist’s world is limitless. It can be found anywhere…” — Paul Strand
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  • The Learning Centers
    For more than 90 years, the Los Angeles County Fair Association has demonstrated its commitment to the community. Beginning with the first fair in 1922, the Association has a historic reputation of building stronger communities throughout Southern California using fun, educational, and collaborative efforts.

    By serving unmet educational needs, TLC is the Association’s most meaningful example of its impact on the community today.

    Through the distinctive resources of Fairplex, TLC provides a wide spectrum of innovative and enriching educational experiences that bring learning to life, benefit our diverse communities, and prepare our participants for success.
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  • Fairplex - The world’s largest classroom
    By complementing businesses and activities on the 487-acre campus (home to the L.A. County Fair and 300 year-round events), TLC’s programs utilize many Fairplex assets including the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel & Conference Center, the hospitality company Cornucopia Foods, the Millard Sheets Art Center, the Child Development Center, a fully operational farm, and a building dedicated to educational programming.

    Where else in Southern California can students access such unique resources and experience such a wide variety of educational programming in just one location? More than 150,000 community members benefit from The Learning Centers’ programs each year — a substantial number of individual lives touched by a single organization!
  • History
    The Millard Sheets Art Center first began as the Fine Arts Program of the Los Angeles County Fair in 1922.

    The 12,000-square-foot gallery was built in 1937 by the Works Progress Administration to house the program, the first major gallery dedicated solely to art in Los Angeles County.
  • Millard Sheets
    In 1994, the Fine Arts Program building was dedicated to honor the local artist and teacher Millard Sheets (1907-1989), the Program’s director from 1930 to 1956.

    Born in Pomona, California, Sheets began practicing art at an early age, winning his first competition at the Los Angeles County Fair at the age of 12.

    Sheets traveled extensively throughout South America, New York, and Europe, giving him his first taste of world cultures that later became the passion of his art and life. After his return, Sheets married and settled in Claremont where he taught art at Scripps College and Claremont Graduate School from 1931 to 1954. He was also instrumental in developing Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, as well as the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia.. During World War II, Sheets served as an artist-correspondent for LIFE Magazine.
  • #Theartparty
    Through our year-round exhibitions, educational programs, events, and workshops, the Millard Sheets Art Center provides the community with meaningful and fun experiences within the world of visual arts.

    As part of The Learning Centers at Fairplex, we engage the community at multiple levels of education. Our programs build on The Learning Centers dedication to innovative experiences and give our visitors a unique experience.