Back when Millard Sheets was the director of the L.A. County Fair’s Fine Arts building (renamed Millard Sheets Gallery in 1994), a juried competition was open to artists submitting work in a number of mediums. It was called the Contemporary Fine Art Competition. It was an integral part of the exhibition and the Fair during the prestigious Sheets’ years, from 1930-1956. The works submitted were refreshing, diverse and original in style and concept. The positive memories of that competition helped to prompt its revival.
Millard Sheets Gallery foundation board member Ron Vander Molen was the catalyst in the competition’s return in 2004. Artists are invited to submit their works of art and be a part of the resurgence of an age-old tradition and one that is fondly engrained in the memories of many Fairguests.
Themes are still life, plein aire or figurative. It is open to artists 18 years and older. The works are to be completed in oil, watercolor, acrylic, gouache or mixed media. They must not be more than two years old. Awards totaling $4,200 for first, second and third places will be awarded.
Submission of a 35mm slide or from original artwork is acceptable. There is an entry fee of $35 for the first entry, and $10 per each additional entry. The pieces will be available for display and for sale during the Fair, Sept. 10-26, with proceeds benefiting the art education programs at the gallery. Entries close on Friday, July 30.
In addition to the heady euphoria of having one’s work successfully judged, displayed and sold is the honor of participating in the renewal of an esteemed part of the L.A. County Fair and its long history. The Millard Sheets Gallery’s Fair theme is “Love: Whimsy and Wonder,” presented by Ameriquest Mortgage.
For more information on the competition, call (909) 865-4560 or visit the Web site at www.millardsheetsgallery.org.