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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 collection was launched in 1965 with the California International Sculpture Symposium, an event patterned after other recently held symposia in Europe. It was the first of its kind in the United States or on a college campus, and a significant experiment in the formal collaboration of art and technology. Each of the invited artists was paired with an industrial sponsor that provided technological assistance in the form of expertise, access to facilities, equipment, and materials. Since the original nine sculptures were commissioned, the collection has grown to twenty-one works.

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 signature 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 distinctly personal collection.

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

Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld gifted 120 of her artworks to the permanent collection in addition to the Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Archives, which also includes a complete set of her 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.