Carolyn Mary 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 famous architect Ed Killingsworth. 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.

Carolyn Mary Kleefeld | Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum

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.

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