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One of the things we’re most proud of here in Long Beach is the public’s access to art. The city hosts an expansive and thriving art community, from the students at CSULB, to the in-house artists at the Art Exchange, to the numerous independent artists and craftspeople, some of whose work has been featured in various galleries and publications throughout L.A. In addition to the grassroots artist community (it seems like every other person you meet in Long Beach can draw, paint, photograph, design, etc. — which is awesome), Long Beach is lucky to have organizations like The Arts Council for Long Beach, which continues to support and encourage the arts in our community by regularly providing funding for artists’ projects, posting about art opportunities, providing art education, and fighting for public art funding.

Both organizations and residents alike help make the Long Beach art scene vibrant and accessible. For example, you can visit an exhibit at one of our established museums, like MOLAA, LBMA, and the UAM, or enjoy the various painted electrical boxes at the corner of almost every intersection. Local businesses all over the city are willing to hang up work by local artists, which in turn brings in more business and is telling of what kind of city we want to be: accepting, independent, supportive, eclectic, and diverse. In this way Long Beach has become a glowing example of how art can transform city and community. At Doma, we are so incredibly proud of this example, and would love to highlight every shop, restaurant, gallery, home, park, and museum that exhibits art, but alas, there are so many that we cannot list them all. In fact, we like it this way. A city should have too much art.

Here are a few of our favorites:

LBMA – Long Beach Museum of Art

2300 E Ocean Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90803

Phone number(562) 439-2119

*Located in a traditional Craftsman Bungalow overlooking the ocean. Attached cafe. Beautiful permanent collections and current exhibitions. Stunning views.

MOLAA – Museum of Latin American Art

628 Alamitos Ave
Long Beach, CA 90802

Phone number(562) 437-1689

*Located in Downtown/Alamitos area in a large contemporary building. Most recently hosted the Frida Kahlo exhibition. Permanent collection includes well-known Latin American artists.

UAM – University Art Museum

1250 Bellflower Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90840

Phone number(562) 985-5761

*Located on the north side of the CSULB campus. A small museum with thoughtful contemporary exhibitions.

PIEAM – Pacific Islander Ethnic Art Museum

695 Alamitos Ave
Long Beach, CA 90813

Phone number(562) 216-4170

*Located in a small building on a triangular lot across from MOLAA (you can’t miss it, it’s completely covered in a mural). Fun, educational and interactive.

Hellada Gallery

117 Linden Ave
Long Beach, CA 90802

Phone number(562) 435-5232

*Located in the East Village Arts District in Downtown Long Beach. Now has a second location on 4th Street (Retro Row).

The Goosefire Gallery

2740 E Broadway
Long Beach, CA 90803

Phone number(562) 433-4100

*Located a few blocks from the beach in a niche area in Bluff Heights. Entire gallery devoted to blown glass art.

Phonebooth Gallery 

2533 E Broadway

Long Beach, CA 90803

Phone number(562) 415-8822

*A small gallery located a couple blocks from the beach. Features illustrative and graphics influenced work from established and upcoming artists.

Stone Rose Gallery

342 E 4th St

Long Beach, CA 90802

Phone number(562) 436-1600

*A small gallery located in the East Village Arts District in Downtown Long Beach. Features a variety of work in all mediums, usually one to two artists at a time.

Art Exchange galleries

340 E 3rd St

Long Beach, CA 90802

Phone number(562) 491-0278

*Located at the Art Exchange in the East Village Arts District. The building is combination school, resident artists’ space, and gallery space.

CSULB student galleries

1250 Bellflower Blvd

Long Beach, CA 90840

Phone number(562) 985-4111

Fall 2014 schedule

*Note that this is the phone number and address to the CSULB campus. The art galleries are located on the southeast side of campus, within the art department. These four galleries are full of amazing student work that turns over weekly, with receptions every Sunday, during Spring and Fall semesters.


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