Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum

California State University, Long Beach

A longtime goal of the California State University, Long Beach campus was the renovation and expansion of the University of Art Museum as it was formerly known. Rechristened the Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum, it is now an impressive structure featuring a diamond-offset glass vestibule entrance designed by the architectural firm Pfeiffer Partners, Los Angeles. The new museum includes outdoor gardens with seating areas, a state-of-the-art education laboratory, a reading and archives room, temperature-controlled artwork storage, office space, a visitor’s lobby, a reception area, and a retail shop.

The Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum opened to the public in February 2022. At 11,000 square feet, the new redesigned complex offers new attractions and features, including several new galleries and public spaces. The Museum can better serve visitors and is the only free museum in Long Beach. Visitors of all ages can experience free programs in exhibition spaces, an Education Laboratory, native and water-wise plant gardens, a refreshed Patron’s Plaza, and a broadened public art park and landscape with even more sculptural works. 

The new museum will offer research and learning opportunities for students and visitors alike and will have something for everyone to enjoy.


Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld: On Top of a Mountain

Through December 15, 2023 in the Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Gallery

Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld works from her Northern California home and has welcomed friends, creatives, and thought leaders there for decades. In her journals, she describes her studio as sited “on top of a mountain”, which has inspired this selection of works. Her way of living is organized around sustained engagement with nature, love, solitude, writing and visual art making, and a rejection of market values and consumerism. Always inspired by her life, the drawings on view are part of a large gift of art given by the artist to the Museum.


When our perceptions change, we see thngs differently. And when we see things differently, we evolve.

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