Three Centuries of Artistic Innovation
I grew up in the innovative artistic community of nearby Claremont, surrounded by professional artists including my father, Millard Sheets. While this is my fourth year as exhibit director for MSCAF, he directed exhibits here for twenty-five years, 1931 to 1956. Because of his long and successful career with the Los Angeles County Fair, the Fine Arts Building was named after him in 1993. As kids we spent every summer at Fair, pretending we were helping Dad, while mostly running off to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Fair.
This year’s exhibit is an extension of the 2009 Making of Art exhibit, and will bring us from the 1700s to the 1900s. It will highlight the Industrial Revolution as it spread from Europe to the United States, and touch on the beginnings of the computer age. It will feature steam power and innovative processes which created new materials, and show how a simple punched card changed industry. It also changed what artists portrayed in their art and the methods and mediums they used to create it. This new age social change brought on the creation of a middle class, which in turn became the sustaining force of the artist community with their fresh purchasing power. The underlying them of the exhibit will definitely be change.
At this point in time I am thoroughly engrossed in the designing and execution of this year’s Fair exhibit which will run from Labor Day weekend until October 3, 2010. Once I have this exhibit up and running I will begin narrowing down the theme for next year from the three or four show concepts I have running around in my creative happy cloud. I will continue to post updates here and I encourage comments regarding the concept and development of this exhibit, or perhaps ideas for future exhibits. Please feel free to email your thoughts to me at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Best and thanks, Tony Sheets