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Christopher Knight reviews the exhibition of Millard Sheets at the Pasadena Museum of California Art in the L.A. Times. Sheets was Director of Otis from 1954 to 1960, and the library was named after him in 1997, when the College moved from MacArthur Park in downtown L.A. to its current home just north of LAX. Under Sheets' leadership, the College restructured its academic programs to offer BFA and MFA degrees; created a ceramics department with Peter Voulkos at its head; and completed a ceramics building and a gallery, library and studio wing. By the time Sheets left Otis in 1960, Otis' look and direction had changed dramatically.
Sheets' most familiar works are the mosaic murals he created for Home Savings Banks throughout the L.A. area.The exhibtion features early paintings and watercolors, and Knight writes that his watercolors are notable for their "unusually large size and remarkable control of the medium, not to mention their traditional, picturesque restraint." It is on view through May 30.