Millard Sheets Art Center at Fairplex

Millard Sheets Art Center

Due to County, State and Federal government guidelines regarding public gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic, Fairplex is postponing the opening of the Millard Sheets Art Center until further notice.

About Millard Sheets Art Center

Through our exhibitions, educational programs, events, and workshops, the Millard Sheets Art Center provides the community with meaningful experiences within the world of visual arts. As part of The Learning Centers at Fairplex, we engage the community at multiple levels of education and our exhibitions promote the rich and diverse cultures that lie within LA County and Southern California.


Dee Campos - Visual Arts Manager
Phone: (909) 865-4560

Millard Sheets Art Center Curriculum

Curriculum: Shifting Aesthetics

Who is Millard Sheets?

1951 Millard Sheets

Millard Sheets (June 24, 1907 – March 31, 1989) was born in Pomona and encouraged at an early age to develop his talent. At age seven he began taking lessons from a neighbor, and at age 12 he won his first competition at the Los Angeles County Fair. Theodore Modra, the Director of Fine Arts at that time, became Sheets mentor. When Modra died in 1930, Sheets took over the directorship.

After graduating from Chouinard Art Institute, Los Angeles, in 1929, Sheets entered and won a competition in San Antonio, Texas. The prize money enabled him to travel to 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, Los Angeles, as well as California Institute of the Arts, Valencia. During World War II, Sheets served as an artist-correspondent for LIFE Magazine.

Millard Sheets is credited with over 200 architectural designs and murals that span the United States. His artworks hangs in 46 museums in 15 states, including the Smithsonian, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum, the Chicago Art Institute and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Locally his presence is evidenced in many building designs, mosaics, and wall paintings.

During Sheets’ 25-year tenure as Director of Fine Arts at the Los Angeles County Fair, he organized some of the most impressive exhibitions ever to be brought to Los Angeles. In 1937, he oversaw the WPA construction of a 12,000 sq. ft. building, the first major gallery dedicated solely to art in Los Angeles County. Most memorable are his post WWII exhibition, One World of Art; 6000 Years of Clay; and The Arts of Daily Living, extensively documented in House Beautiful Magazine. Over the years, he brought artwork from the Louvre in Paris, the British Museum and numerous National museums.

The gallery was dedicated to Millard Sheets in 1994. Speaking as the family spokesman, David Stary-Sheets prescribed, "The art exhibits of the Millard Sheets Center for the Arts shall strive to educate, aim to develop taste, and serve to stimulate thought. Works shown shall be of the highest quality, those that can stand the ‘test of time,’ those that have an important message to convey, and those that exhibit excellent fundamental skills. With an eye on the future, the gallery shall seek to interpret the continually evolving world of art as new interests, new materials and new messages arise."

History of Millard Sheets Art Center

The Millard Sheets Art Center began as the Fine Arts Program of the Los Angeles County Fair where art exhibitions have been an integral part since its founding in 1922. Each year, the art exhibitions produced for the Fair have featured artists from not only Los Angeles, but throughout California, the US, and the world and have presented contemporary as well as historical art in a variety of styles and media including painting, photography, sculpture, textiles, video, ceramics, drawing, architecture, and design.

The Fine Arts building, a 12,000 square foot gallery and more than 20,000 sq. ft. in total was built in 1937 by the Works Progress Administration. The facility was dedicated as the Millard Sheets Gallery in 1994 to honor the Pomona, California artist and teacher Millard Sheets (1907-1989).

Significant exhibitions produced by Sheets during his tenure include Masters of Art, 1790-1950, a survey of European and American paintings and sculptures which presented works by many of the most important artists from that period, among them Delacroix, Millet, Van Gogh, Cezanne, Picasso, Eakins, Marin, Rodin, Moore, and Brancusi, to name just a few. Arthur Millier, art critic for the Los Angeles Times, wrote in his review, “The country’s greatest museums could be proud of this show.”

Today, the Millard Sheets Art Center produces year round exhibitions showcasing artwork at varied levels of skill and experience in order to create a deeper engagement with art and culture in our surrounding communities. We are working to bring more culturally relevant and significant artists to the Millard Sheets Art Center during the LA County Fair and as a part of our year round exhibitions. For the Pomona Valley and our surrounding communities experiencing artwork of this magnitude is virtually impossible due to the highest concentration of cultural institutions located an hour’s drive away in Los Angeles, but we have an opportunity to fill this void.

Beginning in September 2017, we will be participating in the Getty Foundation’s Pacific Standard Time LA/LA with an exhibition featuring two of LA’s iconic Chicana artists and founding female members of ASCO and Los Four, Judithe Hernandez and Patssi Valdez.

As we look to the future, we hope to continue providing meaningful introductions and experiences for our communities and Southern California to the wonderful world of art and culture.

Upcoming Exhibitions

SoCal MFA Juried Exhibition

SoCal MFA Juried Exhibition is launching its fifth installment at the Millard Sheets Art Center. The exhibition, organized by MFA students from Claremont Graduate University in conjunction with the Millard Sheets Art Center, provides both a platform for Southern California’s emerging artists to exhibit new directions in art and a learning experience for CGU students to work with art center staff in creating a large-scale juried exhibition.

This year’s juror is artist Devin Troy Strother. Strother is an American artist based in New York, and he is best known for his intricate alternate narratives in a variety of mediums (mixed media, sculpture, neon, and installation).

Strother selected more than 25 works ranging from painting and sculpture to photography and multimedia by Zafirah Ahmed, Ashleigh Clayton, Giselle Daneshmand, Manyu Gao, Stephanie Huang, Jonah Jackson, Lauren Moradi, Luis J. Moreno Napoles, Haylie Roche, Briar Rosa, Adrienne Sacks, Ziba Safavian and Danielle Trent.

Exhibition Dates and Gallery Hours:
January 27 – March 7, 2020
Opening Reception: February 1, 2020 from 2pm - 6pm
Gallery is open Mondays – Saturdays, 11am – 3pm

RSVP for the Opening Reception here.

Gate 1
1101 W McKinley Avenue
Pomona, CA 91768
Free and Open to the Public
Complimentary Parking

Past Exhibitions

Shifting Aesthetics: A Selection of 11 Contemporary L.A. Artists

Shifting Aesthetics: A Selection of 11 Contemporary L.A. Artists

Shifting Aesthetics highlights works by contemporary visual artists living and working in Los Angeles, and celebrates the talents and achievements of these artists working within various mediums including ceramics, painting, mixed media, and photography. The group exhibition also speaks to the diversity in experiences, perspectives, and styles of each artist’s body of work as they forge their own unique artistic path within the L.A. landscape.

Gallery Hours:

Hours During the LA County Fair:
August 30 - September 22, 2019
Wednesdays - Fridays: 12 - 9pm
Saturdays & Sundays: 10am - 9pm

Opening Reception Saturday, August 24th
6 - 9pm

Gate 1
1101 W McKinley Avenue
Pomona, CA 91768
Free and Open to the Public
Complimentary Parking

Appetizers and an open bar serving selections from the Los Angeles International Wine Competitions will be served during the reception.


Interns at Millard Sheets Arts Center

Getty Marrow Undergraduate Internship

The Millard Sheets Art Center (MSAC) is seeking a Social Media & Public Programs intern to assist in creating our annual LA County Fair fine art exhibition. Under the supervision of the Visual Arts Manager, the successful candidate will produce compelling and inclusive content for a diverse audience across a range of media (written, verbal, photo, social, web and digital) for the exhibition, which will be presented in partnership with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. This role requires an ability to build awareness of the art center, and will provide support in planning and executing public programming for the fall.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Organizing press materials
  • Installing artwork
  • Maintaining gallery inventory and updating artist files
  • In collaboration with the Marketing Department, create, and maintain social media promotion through social media posts, videos, written stories, and other content that serve to illuminate the artistic process for the fall exhibition
  • Assist with the planning, research, development and implementation of public programs, which include artist talks, performances, film screenings and special projects.
  • Other duties, as assigned.

The ideal candidate should feel equally comfortable working independently and as part of a larger group, with excellent verbal, communication, and computer skills. This is a wonderful and relevant work experience for students who are pursuing their B.F.A. or B.A. in fine arts, arts administration, curatorial studies, museum education or art history. It is important that all applicants are aware of the eligibility requirements of the Getty Marrow Undergraduate Internship.

Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply directly on the website and send a cover letter and resume (as one PDF document) to Dee Campos, Visual Arts Manager, at no later than Friday, May 10th. Please include "2019 Getty Intern" in the subject line.

University Sponsored Internships

Students who are eligible to receive credit from their college may apply for the following internships. Students are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year.

Social Media and Marketing Intern

The Millard Sheets Art Center, in conjunction with the Fairplex Marketing Department, is seeking an intern to provide social media and marketing resources to increase visibility and awareness for the artists that are selected to participate in Alt 66. The intern will gain thorough, hands-on experience creating awareness and excitement for our unique exhibition.

If interested, submit your resume and cover letter to Dee Campos, Visual Arts Manager, at

Art Education Intern

The Millard Sheets Art Center, in partnership with The Learning Centers at Fairplex, is seeking an intern to craft an education program that will include tours and hands-on workshops for the exhibition Alt 66 at the Los Angeles County Fair. Interns will produce a calendar, program, curriculum, and visual guides for our visitors to experience our exhibition in a experiential and personal format.

If interested, submit your resume and cover letter to Dee Campos, Visual Arts Manager, at


We are always looking for art and creative minded individuals to support our exhibitions and projects throughout the year and especially during the LA County Fair.

If interested, submit your resume and cover letter to Dee Campos, Visual Arts Manager, at