College of the Arts Events

An overview of the events produced and presented each semester by the CSULB College of the Arts

Each year the CSULB College of the Arts presents and produces more than 500 arts events open to the public. From weekly rotating art exhibitions showcased in more than seven gallery spaces dedicated to student work to world class performers appearing on the 1,000 Carpenter Performing Arts Center stage, from innovative and informative lectures, screenings, and artist talks to classic and contemporary music, dance, and theatre performances - arts lovers and supporters can find something for every taste and sensibility within the wide variety of offerings in any given week during the academic year.

Explore our events by genre below or scroll down further to find the events taking place this week.

Visual Art and Design Events

Dance, Film, and Theatre Events

Music Events

Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum Events

Carpenter Performing Arts Center Events


This week's Arts at the Beach

At the Museum

Second Saturday Family Day
October 8 from 10am-2pm
Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Gallery
On the second Saturday of each month, the museum opens to family friendly art fare - Public Art Park and Sculpture Garden tours, multi-generational art activities, and interdisciplinary projects presented in cooperation with our CSULB partners.

Hurry Slowly
Through December 22
Kleefeld Main Gallery
Hurry Slowly celebrates nearly fifty years of collecting leading up to the Museum’s golden anniversary in the 2023-2024 academic year. With over seventy objects on view the exhibition explores why and how museums collect works of art. Hurry Slowly traces the Museum’s growth around steadfast themes, echoes shifting influences that have driven our evolution and previews a future that reflects a more inclusive and progressive notion of how museums might grow.

Miyoshi Barosh: The End
Through December 22
Kleefeld Mini Gallery
Five works by the late artist are shown. The exhibit centers on the eponymous 2017 sculptural mixed media work and the study sketches that led to its completion. The Mini Gallery holds space to explore an especially poignant creative process. Created shortly after the artist’s 2016 diagnosis with uterine cancer, The End is an exhibition that contemplates expression during the most profound conclusion one can consider.

Juan Gomez: Beautiful Blood/Sangre Hermosa
Through December 22
Community Gallery
Tied, tangled, and stitched into existence, the soft sculptures of Long Beach-based artist Juan Gomez honor his ancestors and his immediate family’s experiences as they immigrated into the United States. In Beautiful Blood/Sangre Hermosa, Gomez draws upon the collective stories of his family, which profoundly inspire him. These mixed media works are an homage and expression of kinship, as Gomez marvels at his family members’ individuality and tenacity.

Tuesday Talks
Every Tuesday through December 6 from 12noon-1pm
Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Gallery
Gallery talks led by artists, curators, and educators focusing on individual works on view or single topics.

Meditation Tuesdays
Every Tuesday through December 6 from 1:30pm-2pm
Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Gallery
Meditation series led by the wellness division of CSULB Student Health Services offering a mindful respite, using art as a backdrop to a peaceful and calming half hour.

Thursday Night Make and Take
Every Thursday through December 6 from 6-8pm
Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Gallery
Find inspiration and create personal art projects you can take home in the Museum’s Education Laboratory.

Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld: In-Between the Silence
Through Fall 2022
Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Gallery
In-Between the Silence is the inaugural exhibition of Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld. The space in-between the silence can best be described as a place that is not knowable by the mind, but its power and strength can be directly experienced by basking there. It is where the artist allows her mind to go, which is breathed back into her art and poetry. In giving new life and a deeper truth to how she sees the world around her, her artistic practice is heightened and ever evolving. In the mystery of this unknown she gains focus and clarity.

In the Student Galleries

Josh Zubkoff, Sculpture
Joshua Blatt, Sculpture

Robert Porte Group Exhibition, Printmaking
Jan Patrick Gonzales & Bethany Jeon, Sculpture
Rachel Curry, Fiber

October 2-6
School of Art Student Galleries
Josh Zubkoff presents research methodologies for building large scale temporary art installations, serving as proof of concept for an upcoming thesis exhibition. Joshua Blatt uses brutalist materialism combined with a design mindset, tackling the dangers of nostalgia. The Robert Porte group exhibition features four MFA candidates exploring the possibilities of printmaking in the Anthropocene age. Jan Patrick Gonzales and Bethany Jeon present a duo fashion show with wearable pieces exhibited in the gallery, accompanied by a fashion show on opening night. Rachel Curry’s exhibition “Coming Home” is a fiber arts show about family, nostalgia, love, and the Wizard of Oz.

Bin Youn and Josh Zubkiff, Photography and Sculpture
Kai Gonzalez and Monica Vander Vegt, Sculpture

Printmaking, Drawing & Painting Group Exhibitions
Alyssa Stroud, Metals & Jewelry
October 9-13
School of Art Student Galleries

Bin Youn and Josh Zubkoff present and immersive collaborative work combining sculptural forms, projection lights, and sounds. Kai Gonzalez and Monica Vander Vegt present "(My) Name," an exhibition exploring identity and how having a preferred name plays into roles. The group exhibition "Vivid Self" will showcase different facets of identity using self-portraiture. a group of MFA students share prints and mixed media works exploring themes of environmental activism, feminism, spirituality, and mental health. Alyssa Stroud presents a series of work created from metal and other materials in contemplation of inevitable endings and what follows.

At the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music

Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band
Thursday, October 6 at 7:30pm       
Carpenter Performing Arts Center     Tickets: $20/$10

Conducted by Interim Associate Director of Bands Ricardo Espinosa, the Symphonic Band presents a diverse and powerful program culminating in the emblematic showpiece, "Huapango de Moncayo." Newly appointed Director of Bands Jermie Arnold leads the acclaimed CSULB Wind Symphony through Vincent Persichetti's "Symphony for Band," Frank Ticheli's "Rest," and "Rivers of Air" by Jake Runstead.

At CSULB Theatre Arts

Electricidad   by Luis Alfaro
Thursday-Saturday, September 29-October 8 at 7:30 pm

Saturday, October 1&8 at 2pm       
Studio Theatre                        Tickets:
The desert is on fire. It’s being consumed by fury as Electricidad, burning with hatred, keeps vigil by her murdered father’s corpse. She longs for the sweet revenge that will set his spirit free. Subtitled “a Chicano take on Sophocles’ Electra,” Los Angeles playwright Luis Alfaro transports Electricidad to a familiar Los Angeles barrio. Directed by Sara Guerrero, Electricidad marries the classic themes of mythology with urban drama and culture.