City of Long Beach 
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Long Beach, CA 90802

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM:100518
Long Beach Airport and California State University, Long Beach Present the School of Art Review
Cassie Chauvel
Public Affairs Specialist
Long Beach Airport

Long Beach Airport (LGB) has partnered with California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) to present the School of Art Review (SOAR), a pilot program to incorporate artwork at the airport and engage the community. “CSULB SOARs @ LGB” is an opportunity for college students and recent graduates from CSULB to showcase their talents and promote Long Beach’s rich art and culture scene to travelers and the public.

“‘CSULB SOARs @ LGB’ gives travelers at the Airport a glimpse of our vibrant arts community when they visit or return home to the city,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “The talented CSULB artists that were selected to have their artwork on display have put a lot of time and effort into these projects, and their work will enrich the travel experience at Long Beach Airport.”

The artwork is exhibited outdoor in the public plaza between the terminal and the concourse. Artists working with sculpture, wood, ceramics, fibers and metals were encouraged to participate. Seven projects were reviewed by an Airport panel, and four were selected for display for a six-month period.

“It has been a pleasure to partner with Cal State Long Beach and present this opportunity for student artists to have their work on display for the thousands of travelers that come through Long Beach Airport every day,” said Airport Director, Jess L. Romo. “Long Beach has a rich history of aviation and the arts, so it’s wonderful to have a program like SOAR that incorporates these themes into their work”.

“We are enthusiastic to showcase our artists in the public setting of Long Beach Airport,” said School of Art Director, Aubry Mintz. “Art is a synergistic force that adds value to daily life and brings us together – we are eager to see the affect these works have on both travelers and the local community.”

“The Mountain” by Manny Krakowski and “Luggage for Native Soil” by Lena Wolek are currently on display for the next six months. Following that, “Drifting” by Jojo Solo and “Collection” by Amy Williams artworks will be displayed in early 2019.

About the City of Long Beach

Home to approximately 480,000 people, the multiple award-winning and innovative City of Long Beach offers all the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods nestled together along the California coast. As a full-service charter city, Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, several museums and theaters, a highly-rated school district, Long Beach Airport, the Port of Long Beach, as well as many award-winning City departments such as Health, Parks, Recreation and Marine, Development Services and more. The City also has a highly-respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, five golf courses, 171 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths, and a Bike Share program.

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About Long Beach Airport

Founded in 1923 as the first municipally-owned airport in California, Long Beach Airport (LGB) completed a revitalization in 2012 to update its facilities. A new passenger concourse opened to the public and has since garnered extensive praise for its modern design and architecture, local eateries and easygoing travel experience. Recently, Sunset magazine awarded LGB with a Best of 2017 Travel Award. In addition, USA Today and recognized LGB for Best Airport Dining in their Readers Choice poll. LGB offers non-stop service to several U.S. cities while supporting a healthy general aviation community with over 260,000 annual operations. The airport is also a source of substantial economic activity and employment. Long Beach Airport and its tenants generate more than $10 billion and 45,000 jobs in total economic activity to the Long Beach region with an additional $1.1 billion in tax revenue at the federal, state, and local levels. Long Beach Airport prides itself in maintaining a safe, sustainable, and environmentally responsible operation. For more news, pictures, videos and announcements of what's happening, "Like" us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter @LBAirport and Instagram @lgbairport.