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University Art Museum at CSULB in the News

On March 15, 2012, the American chapter of the International Association of Art Critics(AICA-USA) announced the winners of its annual AICA Awards honoring artists, curators and institutions for excellence in art exhibitions of the previous season (June 2010-June 2011). The University Art Museum at California State University, Long Beach was recognized for “Best Show in a University Gallery” for its 2010 exhibit Perpetual Motion: Michael Goldberg. Two exhibits were chosen as winners in each of the 12 categories, and were selected by the 400 critics and other art experts who make up the association’s membership. The University Art Museum shares its recognition with the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College. Of the 24 awardees, only 3 California museums or galleries were selected – the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, a Los Angeles commercial gallery – Regen Projects, and the CSULB University Art Museum.

Perpetual Motion: Michael Goldberg, the winning exhibit, was shown at the University Art Museum (UAM) from September-December, 2010. It was curated by UAM Director Chris Scoates and Elizabeth Anne Hanson, a graduate student in the CSULB Art Department.

"To be acknowledged in the 'Best Show in a University Gallery' category is so meaningful," Scoates said. “The award, however, really goes to the entire UAM staff, who worked exceptionally hard to realize this important exhibition. For a small museum, this big award proves, once again, that we punch well above our weight.”

The show, which ran at the UAM from September 9-December 12, 2010, was an in-depth survey and a tribute to the artist Michael Goldberg (1924-2007). Goldberg’s body of work began in the 1940s with blunt, decisive, geometric shapes of primary color, and grew into a more gestural approach in the years that followed. He pushed the boundaries imposed upon second-generation Abstract Expressionists for more than 50 years. An abstract painter of the New York School, Goldberg was highly influenced by the works of Willem de Kooning, Arshille Gorky, and Clyfford Still. The award-winning and critically acclaimed exhibit spanned six decades of his prolific career, and included over 30 large-scale paintings and works on paper, including four seminal works from the UAM Gordon F. Hampton Collection.

“That this exhibition should be honored – as it has been by the AICA – speaks to Goldberg’s impact on a post-war, and distinctly American approach to painting,” explained Hanson. “This retrospective holds particular significance because it was the first to consider his place in American art. It is exciting to know that the UAM and CSULB can claim this tremendous honor.”

Christopher Miles, Interim Dean of the College of the Arts at CSULB added, “What this award demonstrates, beyond acknowledging an excellently curated exhibition of work by a significant but under-exposed artist, is what great things can happen when an entity like the UAM dovetails with the academic mission of the university." That Elizabeth Hanson, while still a student, was able to collaborate with UAM Director Chris Scoates to produce an exhibition of this caliber exemplifies how well the UAM functions as a workspace and lab for students in our Art History and Museum Studies programs, and the high level of training students are getting in these programs.

The awards will be presented at a ceremony at the Asia Society in New York on April 2. Both Chris Scoates and Elizabeth Hanson will be in attendance, representing California State University, Long Beach.


University Art Museum AICA-USA Award Announcement Press Release
L.A. Times Culture Monster award article: "Art critics honor Cal State Long Beach museum" by David Ng
L.A. Times Culture Monster 2010 exhibition review: "Art review: 'Perpetual Motion: Michael Goldberg' at Cal State University, Long Beach"
Long Beach Post award article: "CSULB University Art Museum Exhibit Wins Prestigious Art Critic
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History of UAM

The University Art Museum, located on the campus of California State University, Long Beach, is one of the leaders in presenting exhibitions and projects that both push the boundaries of the definition of art and document important trends of the visual arts in the 20th century. Through dedication to scholarly and artistic excellence, the UAM has earned a reputation for its high-quality exhibitions and award-winning publications. The museum also plays a vital role in training future museum professionals, art educators, arts administrators, and artists.

Begun as a significant campus gallery in 1973 and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums in 1984, the UAM faced a series of major budget cut-backs in 1989, which reflected the growing economic crisis in California. Four years later, however, the museum remains a vigorous and important resource in the field of visual arts for the largest comprehensive university system in the nation. In 1993, the university recognized the need for a new museum facility and the CSU Trustees voted to include a new museum as part of their capital improvement programs for that year. By combining funds from the CSU Chancellor’s office with a lead gift from a local philanthropist, the UAM was able to celebrate its grand opening in a new space in 1994.

Ranking among the top ten-percent of the nation’s 16,000 plus museums, and praised as one of the top museums in the state by the California Arts Council, the UAM maintains a permanent collection of works on paper and site-specific outdoor sculpture that has brought recognition to the university and the city of Long Beach. The works of the most important contemporary masters are part of the museum collection and are presented regularly as major exhibitions to be viewed and studied by students, scholars and the general public.

The museum regularly offers concerts, spoken-word events, gallery talks, lectures, and tours for both the campus and the community. In addition, UAM staff work with students as interns (and through paid positions) as part of their training for future careers in the arts. In short, the UAM continually seeks to serve the university and the regional community through the presentation of exciting exhibitions of contemporary art and design; the training of young people interested in the arts profession; the augmentation, enhancement, and display of the permanent collection; and unique opportunities to interact with artists through residencies, workshops, and lectures.


The mission of the University Art Museum is to present education and exhibitions programs that blur the boundaries between visual arts and design, technology, music, and contemporary culture. The University Art Museum provides a forum for the investigation of contemporary visual culture and seeks to transform the traditional art museum experience, from the ordinary to the extraordinary and personal.

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