California State University Long Beach

Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum

Long Beach CA

In 1993, the University Art Museum (UAM) was relocated into the Horn Center, the University’s former North Library, designed by campus architect Edward Killingsworth’s office, constructed in 1987, and recently renovated by Pfeiffer. Since the initial move UAM has been serving the campus with contemporary exhibitions and displays of student work. Coupled with its renovation of the Horn Center, Pfeiffer worked with the University to expand the museum by roughly 4,000 square feet, most of which is dedicated to a new Main Gallery with moveable walls, allowing for multiple exhibitions at a time, an effort made possible through an endowment by artist and philanthropist Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld, after whom the museum was renamed in 2019. In addition to the expansion of the galleries and the design of a dramatic new entry, the north and south courtyards have been renovated for new seating areas and a sculpture garden.

Project Data

49,000 sf Renovation; 4,300 sf Addition
LEED Gold certification


General Contractor: Clark Construction Group
Structural/MEP Engineer: BuroHappold
Civil Engineer: KPFF
Audio Visual/Acoustics/Security: Waveguide LLC
Landscape Architect: EPT Design

Program & Highlights

Print Archives
Periodicals Room
Children’s Classroom
New seating areas in north and south courtyards
Sculpture garden

“Our collaboration with Pfeiffer resulted in a renovated and expanded museum that has transformed our ability to serve students. Today our visitorship is up eight-fold, we can fully support direct encounters with our collection, and students report that the museum feels welcoming and accessible.”
—Paul Baker Prindle, Director, Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum

KIeefeld Contemporary Art Museum Entrance After Renovation
KIeefeld Contemporary Art Museum Entrance Before Renovation