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The Kleefeld Contemporary collections are a permanent, regional visual resource and archive of contemporary culture, presented as major exhibitions, offered for examination by students and scholars, and circulated to national institutions.

Cal State Long Beach Outdoor Sculpture Collection

This site-responsive collection is free and open to the public, situated throughout the 320−acre tree−shaded midcentury modern campus. The original nine work collection was launched in 1965 with the California International Sculpture Symposium, a historic event patterned after contemporaneous symposia in Europe. Spearheaded by sculpture professor, Kenn Glenn, it represents a significant multidisciplinary experiment, as it integrated public art with innovative science and industry. Each invited artist was paired with an industrial sponsor that provided technological assistance in the form of expertise, access to facilities, equipment, and materials. These collaborations inspired invention of new industrial and artistic techniques. This landmark collection is incorporated into the campus masterplan designed by architect Edward A. Killingsworth. Notably, this was the first event of its kind in the U.S. and the first ever to be held on a college campus. Since the Symposium, the collection has grown to 21 works. 

Kleefeld Contemporary offers guided tours and resources for self-guided exploration.  If you would like to schedule a tour, please contact Christina Alegria, Curator of Education, via email at christina.alegria@csulb.edu. You can also enjoy your own self-guided walking tour with the Outdoor Sculpture Collection map.

Gordon F. Hampton Collection

This collection features 89 works by 43 artists, including works by such artists as Al Held, Michael Goldberg, Adolph Gottlieb, Lee Krasner, and Milton Resnick. Gordon F. Hampton (1912−1996) was a renowned Los Angeles antitrust attorney, an enlightened art patron, philanthropist, and one of the original partners in the law firm of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, LLP. Hampton fostered his expansive interest in art as he traveled the world assembling a notable and distinctive collection of primarily American Modernist and second wave Abstract Expressionist painting. The collection was donated to the museum in 1999. 

Works On Paper Collection

In 1979 the Kleefeld Contemporary began to regularly acquire works on paper with modest acquisition funds augmented by university allocations, grants, and private donations. These works are a documentary record of the university's arts involvement, and a vital resource for students, scholars, curators, community members and supporters.

Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Collection

A selection of paintings and drawings by the artist Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld have been donated to the permanent collection of the museum in addition to the Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Archives, which include a complete set of Kleefeld's twenty published books. Her art 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 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, and others.