La Verne Magazine
Winter 2006

Millard Sheets: Master for an Apprentice

by Andres Rivera

Millard Sheets (1907-1989) was a native son, with art driving his life passion. During WWII, Sheets traveled to Burma and India as a war illustrator for Life magazine. He was also one of the 15 artists chosen nationally to paint murals for the Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C. He headed the art departments in Scripps College and Claremont Graduate School for more than 20 years. In 1953, Sheets created a new official seal for Los Angeles County. As a muralist, he designed buildings and decorative art for Home Savings of America throughout California. For about 30 years he received commissions for other large public art projects. Major mural commissions include the Detroit Public Library, Notre Dame University Library and the dome of the National Shrine in Washington, D.C. Local works include the design of the Garrison Theater building and the front mosaic of Scripps College on East 10th Street in Claremont, the Home Savings of America mosaic mural at 100 West Second St. in Pomona, the Pomona First Federal Savings and Loan Association mosaic mural at 393 West Foothill Blvd. in Claremont, and a mosaic mural in the Los Angeles City Hall East above the entrances at Main and Los Angeles streets.