The Art Exchange in Downtown Long Beach Merges into the Long Beach Museum of Art

(Long Beach, CA-June 27, 2018) The Art Exchange (ARTX), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization merged into the Long Beach Museum of Art Foundation effective June 4, 2018. The new organization is consolidated under the Long Beach Museum of Art Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. The former ARTX community arts campus comprised of four buildings on 356 E. 3rd Street in Downtown Long Beach has been renamed LBMAx. The merger was approved by the California Attorney General and filed with the Secretary of State on June 4, 2018. This was superseded by the close of the ARTX campus property sale from Ratkovich Properties to the Art Exchange on May 21, 2018. The success of the merger establishes a highly creative organization whose mutually held mission is to provide a world class art museum for the residents of Long Beach, exceptional arts education and programming to enrich the city’s diverse communities, working art studios in the heart of the East Village Art District and stunning gallery exhibition space where artists can display and sell their art. The new LBMAx campus received a generous private donor gift allowing for a complete exterior upgrade. The revitalization project will also remodel the second floor annex to include the mezzanine above the gallery as well as the second floor of the adjacent two-story building. The annex will house administrative, education and curatorial offices, a reference library and meeting space. Executive Director, Long Beach Museum of Art, Ronald C. Nelson will lead as Executive Director, LBMAx, with offices at both campuses. Four ARTX board members (Tom Corcoran, Jay Hong, Steve Pakis and Dawn Radue) were elected to the Long Beach Museum of Art Board of Trustees. Barbara Wilde serves as President of the Long Beach Museum of Art Foundation Board of Trustees. A public announcement was made on Friday, June 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the Long Beach Museum of Art AfterDark Reception celebrating Matisse Drawings and Vitality and Verve III exhibitions.

This press release is the first in a series of public announcements, including the LBMAx “Praxis” Exhibition opening July 14, 2018.

About the Long Beach Museum of Art Founded in 1950, the Long Beach Museum of Art provides exceptional arts education, public programming, community outreach, and exhibitions of historic and contemporary art, which spark reflection, inspiration, discovery and connection – to oneself, the community and the world around us. Over 3,000 fine art objects across all media comprise the Museum’s growing permanent collection. Located on a magnificent bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the Long Beach Museum of Art features the historically significant Anderson House and Carriage House, expansive galleries and art gardens, oceanfront dining at Claire’s at the Museum and a unique museum store. The Long Beach Museum of Art is fully accredited by the American Alliance of Museum. The Museum’s Hartman Pavilion & Galleries are open Thursday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday-Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission for Matisse Drawings and Vitality & Verve III is FREE for Long Beach Museum of Art Members and children under 12. $10 for non-members/adults; $8 for students and seniors age 62 and older; FREE admission on Thursday evening from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. and half price admission all day on Friday. Claire’s diners receive half price museum admission with a Claire’s receipt; valid on the day of dining only. Claire’s Restaurant is open Thursday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Long Beach Museum of Art is located at 2300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA. Visit or call (562)439-2119 x 239 for reservations and details. #

For press inquiries or further details please contact:

Ron Nelson, Executive Director Long Beach Museum of Art (LBMA) and LBMAx

Jay Hong, Former ARTX Director