Newly Renovated Kleefeld Museum at CSULB to Open Publicly this Weekend

Newly Renovated Kleefeld Museum at CSULB to Open Publicly this Weekend

The Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum as the university expanded and updated the museum at Cal State University Long Beach in Long Beach Monday, Jan 31, 2022. Photo by Thomas R. Cordova.

Carolyn Mary Kleefeld | Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum

Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Gallery

California State University, Long Beach

Kleefeld to limited visiting hours but expanded hours to come

After nearly two years of construction, Cal State Long Beach’s newly renovated and expanded Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum, formerly known as the University Art Museum, is just days away from welcoming guests once again.

“After two years of working to expand and transform our museum, we are overjoyed to welcome our communities to experience our arts complex, new exhibitions and more,” CSULB museum director Paul Baker Prindle said. “We are very excited to advance our focus on visual abstraction, material innovation and arts integration and offer improved access to our collection as an educational resource that is owned by all Californians.”

The museum will open to the public on Saturday, presenting an entirely new concept in appearance and purpose since its founding in 1973. Notably, the museum is bigger. Much, much bigger. Four thousand square feet were added to the museum since construction began in June 2020, more than doubling the exhibit space.

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Original Article from Long Beach Business Journal by Cheantay Jensen

Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum – Opening

Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum – Opening

Carolyn Mary Kleefeld | Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum

Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Gallery

California State University, Long Beach

Unveiling and Opening Reception

UPDATE: Cal State Long Beach has made the decision to postpone the Opening Reception and Unveiling of the Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum due to state and local Covid-19 protocols and safety considerations for the public and students. We will announce any new events associated with the opening.

We are excited to celebrate the new redesigned Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum complex that introduces fresh attractions and features, including several new galleries and public spaces. Now transformed, the Museum can better serve visitors with more accessible upgraded facilities, inclusive policies, and multi-use spaces that make the only free museum in Long Beach welcoming for everyone. Visitors of all ages can soon 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. Unprecedented collection access, a new museum store with Cal State Long Beach alumni-crafted functional art, and flexible spaces for research and learning opportunities offer something for everyone to enjoy.

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Original Article from Newsletter by Paul Baker Prindle
World Poetry Cafe Radio Interview — Immortal Seeds: Bearing Gold from the Abyss

World Poetry Cafe Radio Interview — Immortal Seeds: Bearing Gold from the Abyss

Carolyn was interviewed by Ariadne Sawyer about her book, Immortal Seeds: Bearing Gold from the Abyss, co-published by Cross-Cultural Communications and The Seventh Quarry Press.

The World Poetry Cafe Radio Show is in its 22nd year at Coop Radio, 100.6 FM and airs every Thursday afternoon from 1-2 pm. Its mission is to bring the people of the world together in thoughts, deeds, and action to help heal our world. The show has around 10,000 participants worldwide and the largest FB group, World Poetry Canada & International.

As author and inspirational speaker Michael Meade says in his comment on the back cover of the book, “Immortal Seeds is a remarkable book, a passionate weaving together of poems and paintings that in turn reveal the intimate union and spiritual path shared by two loving souls. When tragedy enters the path, the alchemy of love transports the lovers from rapture and bliss to sorrow and loss. And we must follow as the search for deeper dimensions of compassion and grace becomes the way forward.

Immortal Seeds: Bearing Gold from the Abyss is available now for sale.

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Original Recording from World Poetry Cafe, 100.6 FM by Ariadne Sawyer
Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Gifts Collection to University Art Museum

Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Gifts Collection to University Art Museum

Her words provoke and inspire. Her highly acclaimed paintings express in symbolic imagery the passions of the heart and a reverence for the wilderness. It’s this quest for creative experimentation and spiritual knowledge that has made Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld an award-winning poet, writer, visual artist, and now benefactor to the University Art Museum and College of the Arts at Cal State Long Beach.

Kleefeld, whose paintings have appeared in numerous museums and galleries around the world, has gifted 120 of her works to launch what she and the university expect to be a long and fruitful partnership. Her vast portfolio includes an extensive and diverse body of paintings and drawings, ranging in style from Expressionist to Abstract to Figurative.

Kleefeld’s award-winning art is in the permanent collections of – among others – The Downey Museum of Art, Pepperdine University’s  Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, The Henry Miller Memorial Library in Big Sur and The Dylan Thomas Theatre in Swansea, Wales.

“Carolyn’s impact on California art has been nothing short of remarkable and we are delighted that the University Art Museum will be part of her lasting legacy, as well as provide us with the opportunity to showcase her work and that of other significant artists,” said President Jane Close Conoley.

Kleefeld was born in Catford, England, but grew up in Southern California. She studied art and psychology at UCLA. In 1980, she moved to her current home in Big Sur, California, where she studies, writes and paints.

She is the author of 20 books, a number of which have been used by healing centers and universities. Kleefeld’s writings have been translated into over 15 languages. Her book, “Climates of the Mind,” was translated into Braille and has been used in psychology courses at Cal State Long Beach.  Kleefeld’s literary and personal archive, as well as a complete set of her published books will join her gift of artwork at the museum.

“A profound circle has magically manifested,” said Kleefeld of the new relationship with the university. “When my parents, S. Mark and Amelia Taper, came to this country from England with my brother, sister, and myself, we first stayed for some time at the Biltmore Hotel in Long Beach, and later my father began his extensive housing for veterans there. So, now for my life’s work to be  part of the Long Beach community is a destiny fulfilled.”

Cyrus Parker-Jeannette, dean of the College of the Arts, is delighted at the addition of the Kleefeld Collection to the University Art Museum.

“The University Art Museum seeks to serve our students in ways that expand their understanding of the complex roles that art plays in culture,” Parker-Jeannette said. “It means so much to us that Carolyn’s legacy as an artist, a poet, and a historical figure will be celebrated here, and I am happily foreseeing that many great opportunities will emerge from this relationship.”

“As I express in my artist statement, ultimately art is an innocent interactive mirror of my innermost process, whisking me out of time into the Timeless,” said Kleefeld. “My life’s passion is to create art from this unconditioned well of being and to inspire such a journey in others. Thus, to have my art and writing in this educational setting is a dream realized, and my aspiration is for the students and visitors to the university to embark on their own journeys of inner discovery and creative expression, learning from my own experiential explorations.”

CSU trustees to Consider Naming Cal State Long Beach’s Art Museum after Artist, Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld

CSU trustees to Consider Naming Cal State Long Beach’s Art Museum after Artist, Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld

Carolyn Mary Kleefeld | Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum

Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Gallery

California State University, Long Beach

The University Art Museum at the California State University, Long Beach could get a new name soon: the Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum.

The California State University Board of Trustees on Tuesday, May 21, will consider renaming the museum after Kleefeld — an award-winning artist living in Big Sur. Kleefeld recently made a $10-million contribution to the university’s College of the Arts, and last month, she donated 120 pieces of her work to the museum.

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Original Article from Long Beach Press-Telegram