July 9, 2019

Paul Baker Prindle to Head Art Museum at California State University, Long Beach

LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA—California State University, Long Beach, has announced that Paul Baker Prindle was named director of its campus art museum. Baker Prindle is currently director and chief curator of the John & Geraldine Lilley Museum of Art at the University of Nevada, Reno. In his new role, he will be responsible for overseeing a significant expansion of the institution. He will take up the post on July 22.

“Throughout the search and selection process, Paul Baker Prindle impressed us with his experience, articulately presented viewpoints, and vision,” said Cyrus Parker-Jeannette, dean of the College of the Arts. “He comes on board as director at an exciting time, just as the museum is receiving a new name and looking forward to an upcoming expansion. His expertise, educational perspectives, charisma, and incisive intelligence are sure to propel the museum forward in profound ways during its next chapter.”

Following a $10 million donation to the College of the Arts from artist Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld, who also gifted 120 of her artworks, the university’s board of trustees has decided to rename the art museum in her honor. The funds will go toward the construction of new galleries, including a space for the exhibition of her own work and archive, and a new scholarship fund.

Commenting on his appointment, Baker Prindle said: “My vision is for the museum to be an outward-facing institution that foregrounds innovation, scholarship, and service within a region of great diversity. The success of our efforts hinges on thoughtful and sustained engagement with our neighbors, and I’m honored to have the opportunity to build deeper connections between the university and the people we serve.”

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