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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.
Part of her financial donation will go toward ex … [ READ MORE ]
“Art is where I gamble,” she says. “It’s Taoistic and intuitive.”
Cosmically, the gamble is paying off. Already a Big Sur icon, her international profile as a literary and artistic force continues to grow with the recent publication of her 10th book of poetry, Vagabond Dawns, the adoption of her work into the curriculum of a Welsh university, and a new series of Romanian translations.
Vagabond Dawns is a 100-poem volume filled with work that spans the last 20 years of Kleefeld’s creative life. The poems address a broad range of universal themes, such as human nature, the cycles of life, love and intimacy, spiritual transformation and a pantheistic relationship to the natural world.
“The themes of my poems are in continual flux, as my living is,” Kleefeld says. “Over time I think I have become more involved with the music and rhythm of poetry and the lyrical aspect of my poems has become more developed.”
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