The University Art Museum at Cal State Long Beach could get a new name soon: the Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum.

The California State University Board of Trustees on Tuesday, May 21, will consider renaming the museum after Kleefeld — an award-winning artist living in Big Sur. Kleefeld recently made a $10-million contribution to the university’s College of the Arts, and last month, she donated 120 pieces of her work to the museum.

Part of her financial donation will go toward expanding the facility, including creating a gallery to showcase her work.

“The board is taking action to recognize this generous commitment to our students,” said Cal State Long Beach spokesman Jeff Cook. “It’s a transformative gift to the museum and it celebrates the legacy of a remarkable artist.”

If the board approves the name change, it would technically go into effect immediately; it’s unknown, however, when the name on the side of the building will actually change. It’s also unknown, Cook said, when the museum expansion will happen — though the design process is underway.

A large portion of Kleefeld’s financial contribution will go toward maintaining and enhancing her own collection and archive at the university. But a smaller portion will go toward a new print and drawing room, and other exhibitions the museum curates. The remaining funds will create the Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld School of Art Endowed Scholarship Fund.

Kleefeld, originally born in England, spent most of her childhood in Southern California. She says she now has a special connection to Long Beach.

“So, now for my life’s work to be part of the Long Beach community is a destiny fulfilled,” Kleefeld said in an earlier statement.

Kleefeld’s various styles of paintings have been featured at 40-plus solo exhibitions. She’s also known for her writing and poetry and her books have been translated into more than 15 languages.

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