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CSULB Art Alumni Document Gerald Desmond Bridge in Art Exhibition

Published April 6, 2021

Four CSLUB art alumni are in an exhibition that documents the entire construction of the new Gerald Desmond bridge that was recently opened just off downtown. The exhibition, entitled Under Construction: The Long Beach Port in Paintings and Photographs, at Long Beach Creative Group Gallery, showcases four alumnae painters: <Sarah Arnold, Kathryn Babcock, Helen Werner Cox, and Liz Talbot, as well as two photographers, Nick Santa Ana and Paul Trinidad. (The Long Beach Creative Group Gallery also has CSULB Art Department roots through its President Marka Burns and Art/Design Director Dortje Christiansen, who were both graduates of CSULB College of art in the 1960s, and now are very dedicated to showcasing art in Long Beach!)

The four artists all had access to document the three-year process of building the second tallest cable-stayed bridge in the United States, and their works showcase the beauty and complexity of such an undertaking. Said Babcock in the Long Beach Post, “There was a rhythm in the work on how the bridge progressed, the daily coming and going of the men and women who were building it... So every day we came to it, we were trying to capture something new and specific about what it was that they were doing at the time.” The exhibition will be up from April 3 through May 1, 2021, Saturday and Sundays from 1-4pm, and the Virtual Gallery is up right now.

Congratulations, artists, on an amazing job!