2018 Exhibitions


Month-long installation at ARTX Long Beach will release first edition zines by 50 Pow! Wow! artistsLong Beach, Calif. – May 2, 2018 – PAPERCUT Lounge will hold a month-long installation at ARTX Long Beach from May 26 to June 30 and include curated contemporary art on display, unique, rare and artist edition books, plus special, limited edition zines from 50 POW! WOW! Worldwide artists. In addition, PAPERCUT will host special events within the ARTX space & during the fourth annual POW! WOW! Long Beach art festival that will be open to the public and free to attend. Zine Artists will include: Andrew Hem, Benjie Escobar, Persue, Sheryo & Yok, The Draculas, Willie T and more.


May 26, 2018 – June 30, 2018
PAPERCUT Opening: May 26 at 7 PM
Pow! Wow! School of Music Live Music Performance: May 26 at 9 PM
POW! WOW! Opening Reception: June 24 at 7 PM
POW! WOW! PAPERCUT Closing Party: June 30 at 7 PM

The PAPERCUT Lounge installation will be located at ARTX at 356 E. 3rd Street – Long Beach,
CA 90802 with gallery hours as listed on ARTX website artexchangelongbeach.org.

Art in a New Place

The Art Exchange (ARTX) and the Venice Institute of Contemporary Art (ViCA) present Art in a New Place. This exhibition features 39 works curated from the ViCA 2017 catalog by Ron Nelson, Director of the Long Beach Museum of Art and Art Exchange board member. The exhibit includes drawing, painting, photography and sculpture from internationally known artists. These artists have local roots – heralding from Long Beach, San Pedro, and greater Southern California.

Featuring: Peter Alexander Ginny Barrett Bob Branaman Cosimo Cavallaro Dave Clark Jean Edelstein John Eden Ned Evans Scott Grieger Courtney Heather Jeongmyo Kim Joel King Juri Koll Barbara Kolo KuBO Elena Kulnikova Campbell Laird Cody Lusby Lawrie Margrave Lauren Mendelsohn-Bass Lena Moross Stefanie Nafé Robert Nelson Hung Viet Nguyen Terry O’Shea LInda Sue Price Alison Ragguette Georgina Reskala Mark Rebennack Frederika Roeder John Rosewall Kerri Sabine-Wolf Sonja Schenk Jon Seaton Caryl St. Ama Theodore Svenningsen Edmund Teske Ron Therrio Reginald Van Langenhove

Visitors are encouraged to visit during regular gallery hours: Thursdays, 2pm – 6pm; Fridays, 4pm – 8pm; Saturdays, 1pm – 7pm; Sundays, Noon – 4pm.

Please visit Art Exchange at 356 E. 3rd St. to view this exhibit.


Join ARTX Studio Artist, Shay Bredimus at the Long Beach Museum of Art​:

Friday February 23rd 6-9pm for the opening of: “Cartomancy: The Seni Horoscope Re-imagined”

The Seni Horoscopes were a 17th century German fortune-telling card system. This astrological picture card deck was created by Giovanni Battista Seni an Italian Oracle who served Albrecht Wenzel Eusebius von Wallenstein, a major figure in the Thirty Years War. The Seni horoscope cards were used for divination as well as a guide to spiritual pathways.

In this body of work Bredimus has reimagined a version of those historic cards, a visual mixture of pictographs and portraits, with iconic and Mystic symbolism. The artist has created 72 unique works that reference each individual card- not only to be viewed as art work but also to be seen as an interactive conduit to understanding a man’s position in the universe.

The Museum installation includes 72 individual pictographs set in a cathedral Ambiance. Bredimus continues to draw with his signature tattoo ink on drafting film. A quiet female portrait emerges from a central mystic icon such as ship crown, or nature symbol each piece is encased in a wood pediment fenestration which complements the parallel visual conversation in the reading of the cards.
Exhibition runs through May 13, 2018 at LBMA.

For more info please visit: lbma.org


SALVAGE: Marine, Terrestrial and Astral January 13th – February 23rd, 2018

Opening reception: Saturday, January 13, 3-9 pm

The Art Exchange is pleased to present Salvage: Marine, Terrestrial and Astral, a project by Renee Tanner. Acknowledging a world reckoning with the erosion of the environment and civility, twelve women artists make calculated visual responses by means of abstraction, aesthetic tools and reuse of material. This collection of artists in varying stages in their career, demonstrate technical expertise and creativity in their renewal of discarded materials. The artworks and installations are an exhibit of informed and deliberate work hinged on an incentive of betterment. By featuring artists working with an array of unique mediums, Salvage elicits an insightful curiosity to inspire change.

Salvage features the work of Anna Bae, Jennifer Celio, Chenhung Chen, Connie DK Lane, Emily Maddigan, Mariana Nelson, Hillary Norcliffe, Cat Chui Phillips, Katie Stubblefield, J. Renee Tanner, Sydney Walters and Tracey Weiss.

ARTIST TALK and TOUR with Moderator Alyssa Cordova, Assistant Curator, Orange County Museum of Art, Saturday February 10, 3 to 5pm. Exhibition is open to the public January 14 through February 23, 2018 at the ARTX Gallery.

2017 Exhibitions

Lun*na Menoh

A Ring Around the Collar

June 10th – August 13th, 2017

Art Exchange, in partnership with the Long Beach Museum of Art, is excited to present the work of Lun*na Menoh, a Japanese-born performance artist living and working in Los Angeles. Her multi-layered works engage a variety of media – music, sculpture, painting, and fashion – exposing the invisible threads and interconnections between the visual arts, performance, and Haute Couture.

“Long Beach Museum of Art is excited to bring the art of Lun*na Menoh to the Art Exchange and the Long Beach community.  Menoh’s art cuts across a wide variety of disciplines and provides a unique experience that will challenge our perceptions of social roles and conventions.” – Claudia Bohn-Spector, Chief Curator, Long Beach Museum of Art, and curator of Lun*na Menoh: A Ring Around the Collar

Beginning in 1999, Menoh created a series of conceptual paintings, depicting dirty white collars from different eras against a stark black background. Blending traditional still life painting with surrealist strategies involving visual paradox, alienation and surprise juxtapositions, Menoh turns the viewer’s expectation on its ear. Her complex and witty paintings frequently reference famous images of writers, activists and musicians, like Sigmund Freud, Malcolm X, the Beatles, and Patti Smith, among many others.

ARTX invites the community to attend the two events held in conjunction with the exhibit.  There will be an opening celebration of Lun*na Menoh: A Ring Around the Collar on Saturday, June 17th from 5:00-9:00pm.  Additionally, ARTX will host a special performance by Les Sewing Sisters and Lun*na Menoh’s critically acclaimed Fashion Show. Lun*na Menoh and Saori Mitome are Les Sewing Sisters, and together they create musical performances combining the sounds of sewing machines and women working together, using twisted language and action.  This performance is not to be missed and will take place on Saturday July 22nd at 8:00pm in the ARTX Gallery.  This event is free and open to the public.

“The Art Exchange is thrilled to be able to host Lun*na Menoh and Les Sewing Sisters in the ARTX Gallery.  Menoh’s unique blend of visual art, music and fashion is a perfect fit for ARTX as we look to bring a wide variety of art and artist styles to the Long Beach community.” – Jay Hong, Art Exchange Executive Director

The exhibition runs from June 10th through August 13th, 2017 in the ARTX Gallery in Downtown Long Beach.


February 25 – April 29, 2017

Carlos Torres    Mikey Carrasco    Shawn Barber    Sergio Sanchez    Shay Bredimus    Henry Lewis

This exhibition profiles the artwork of 6 Southern California tattoo artists who have gone beyond the boundaries of tattooing into the category of fine art.  Whether academy, university, or workshop educated and trained, each of the selected artists is well-respected and well known for their master craft of tattooing.  With in-depth focus on these exceptional artists who have brought their tattooing skill-set into the realm of fine art, all of these artists imbue a symbiotic relationship between their fine art and tattooing practices.

The artworks in this exhibition demonstrate an excellence in skill, methodology and creativity that is unparalleled in the tattoo community.  Our purpose is to present these artists whose works move beyond the traditional tattoo imagery into beautifully rendered works of art where the brushstroke and the tattoo stroke become one.  Each of these artists has harnessed their own unique style ranging from classic realism to contemporary surrealism.


2016 Exhibitions


ARTX 2016 Holiday Salon

The Art Exchange is hosting its annual Holiday Salon featuring fine art created by Long Beach area artists and sponsored by Port of Long Beach.  This curated show features a wide variety of art styles and is guaranteed to help finish your holiday shopping for those hard-to-buy-for people on your list. The Holiday Salon will be available for viewing and purchase December 2nd – 23rd in the newly renovated ARTX gallery located at 356 East Third Street. Visitors are encouraged to visit during regular gallery hours: Thursdays, 2pm – 6pm; Fridays, 4pm – 8pm; Saturdays, 1pm – 7pm; Sundays, Noon – 4pm.

Additional viewing and purchasing opportunities will be available during the ARTX Movie Night on Thursday, December 1 at 7pm in the newly renovated ARTX Classroom, next door to the gallery.  Saturday, December 19 will present a further viewing opportunity when the ARTX Gallery and Resident Artist Studios will be open 6pm – 10pm in conjunction with the Second Saturday East Village Artwalk.

The show can be viewed in its entirety through December 18th, when purchased pieces will be available for pick-up, but the balance of the show will remain through January 5th, 2017.



The Art Exchange is excited to present to Long Beach its second exhibit titled Big Bold Beautiful. Curated by Ron Nelson, executive director of Long Beach Museum of Art and Board Director of ARTX, the exhibit features stunning murals from Lori LaMont and Kiel Johnson.  Big massive canvases and wood framed murals, Bold colors and imaginative scenes, simply a Beautiful exhibit and a must see for Long Beach!



The Art Exchange (ARTX) is pleased to present “The Best of Long Beach” as the inaugural exhibition for the grand reopening of the renovated 3,000-square-foot ARTX community art center. The stunning exhibit brings together 12 premier artists and showcases them in what is sure to become one of Southern California’s top art venues.

This is an expressly curated group of artists who share a special relationship with Long Beach, living and working in the city or actively involved with its arts community. “The Best of Long Beach” exhibit features 2D and 3D works of art from artists Maura Benett, Sandow Birk and Eylse Pignolet, Brian Doan, Kiel Johnson, Christopher Kuhn, Lester Monzone, Christine Nguyen, Sisavanh Phouthavong-Houghton, Denise A. Scott, Noah Thomas, Ted Twine, and Bill Viola. The exhibit is curated by Sayon Syprasoeuth, a local artist, and Michael Gibson, ARTX’s operations manager. Both curators have a close relationship to ARTX, but also have a long and deep connections to Long Beach. This thrilling combination—of 12 premier artists, 2 young curators and the newly renovated ARTX, experienced together—is an event not to be missed.

With this the first of many future exhibitions, the ARTX promises to bring the community and art together in new and exciting ways.

All Art Lovers are welcome to attend “The Best of Long Beach” exhibit and grand reopening in the beautifully restored, historic ARTX building. The ARTX grand reopening celebration starts Saturday, October 8th from 5:30 to 9:00pm. “The Best of Long Beach” special exhibit will be on display from the grand reopening on October 8th through October 23, 2016. ARTX will be open Monday through Friday, Noon to 4pm, for the duration of the exhibit and special access for individuals or groups can be arranged by appointment. The Art Exchange is located at 356 E. 3rd St. in downtown Long Beach.

About the Curators

Michael Gibson is an arts administrator from Torrance, California. Graduating from the University of California Berkeley with a bachelor degree in Art History, Michael has worked with a wide variety of artists and artistic spaces including nonprofit art centers, museums, and galleries in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Albuquerque. He recently curated a 40-year retrospective exhibition at the Albuquerque Art Museum highlighting the history of public art in the Rio Grande valley. Michael is currently the Operations Manager of the Art Exchange Visual Arts Center

Sayon Syprasoeuth is an interdisciplinary artist, focusing on his personal story as a refugee from Cambodia. His work addresses past and present issues triggered by memories of war and trauma, beliefs, spiritual dimensions and life in contemporary time in the United States. His work has been shown in Cambodia, China, Berlin and throughout the United States.  He is currently a Coordinator for Global Hybrid, an arts exchange between artists in Cambodia, Korea and United States, and is producing work as an independent artist in Long Beach, California.

He has a BFA from Long Beach State and MFA from Claremont Graduate University (CGU).


CORE: Defining Ourselves

Throughout its 12 year history, the CORE: Defining Ourselves exhibition has been a barometer of Arts and Disability and we are excited to show this exhibit at the Art Exchange.  Arts & Services for the Disabled, Inc. (ASD) has been committed to addressing the particular needs of artists with disabilities and to providing a spotlight for recognizing and promoting the creativity and hard work of painters, sculptors, musicians, writers and filmmakers worldwide who gather with them in this mandate.

The annual CORE art exhibitions demand that artists with disabilities be held to the same standards of attention and aesthetic judgment afforded any creator. The selling of artwork provides entrepreneurial reward and catalyzes independence from shrinking government subsidies. And ancillary programming such as our inclusive public workshops, live performances, film screenings, and panel discussions enliven the CORE experience with the vitality of our calling.

Each year the CORE show is juried by a paid artist or arts professional with a disability, bringing peer-to-peer organizing to the forefront of the project. The juror is tasked with accepting and rejecting submitted works as well as choosing three included artists to receive Awards of Excellence, presented each year by a different Guest of Honor from the community.


2014 Exhibitions


ART IN PROCESS (a behind-the-scenes look at the artistic process)

The Art Exchange is proud to present our newest exhibit, Art in Process. This exhibition offers viewers a glimpse into the creative process of artists by showcasing three components of an artistic process: sketches, unfinished works, and ‘before and after’s.’ In addition, guests will be invited to participate in art activities that will help them learn more about their own artistic processes.

This exhibition is divided into three different categories: sketches are often used to visualize the planning, practice, and repetition of artists’ ideas before they unfold onto canvases or are built into sculptures. Unfinished works allow us to use our imagination and visualize what a finished piece may look like. ‘Before and after’ pieces show us the progression of one’s artistic career by looking at two works spanning at least ten years between completion.



The ArtExchange Task Force was formed in 1996. The goal was to assure that local artists had a voice in the implementation of the newly commissioned East Village Arts District Guide for Development. There was a lot of creative energy being expressed by a diverse group of artists. It was a dynamic time for art, artists, and Long Beach.

This invitational exhibition reaches out to the artists who were a part of the creative energy during the early days of the East Village Arts District and the ArtExchange Task Force. participants during this period of idealism and collaboration to find out where they are now and how, their time in the LBC has affected their creative journey.

Artists include:

Marek Dzida
Steve Elicker
Sylvia Fuller
Rick Frausto
Akinsanya Kambon
Victor Nuanez
Gregory Navarro Pickens
Shelley Rugg
Anita Sinclair
Ross Sonnenberg
Lance Green

June 14–August 23, 2014
Artists’ Flashback Reception: Friday, August 1, 6:00-9:00pm


The ArtExchange is hosting an exhibition in collaboration with the Office of Restorative Justice of the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles that will showcase various artists’ who have been incarcerated or are currently in prisons and jails throughout California. Artwork will be for sale, proceeds will fund programs for children whose parents are incarcerated and inmate re-entry support.

Studies from the California Department of Corrections have shown that inmates enrolled in arts programs have fewer disciplinary actions behind bars and lower recidivism rates overall. But getting the art seen is problematic.

2013 Exhibitions

2ndannual-art-saleThe Second Annual Holiday Salon [Click Here To View Catalog]

Corner Gallery Exhibition @ 356 E 3rd Street

Join the ArtExchange in showcasing over 40 local Long Beach artists displaying over 250 pieces of paintings, illustrations, sculptures, street art works, and more! In the spirit of the French style salon we are filling the gallery from floor to ceiling.



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The ART and ALTARS of Dia de los Muertos

 Join ArtX in celebrating the ART and ALTARS of Dia de los Muertos!! ArtX is switching up this holiday. While still honoring the tradition of the origins, we explore the Art of the holiday. Join us on Saturday, November 2nd, for a free community event and preview exhibition of November’s Second Saturday Art Walk

At the ART and ALTAR of Dia de los Muertos on Saturday, November 2nd we will exhibit:

   – A traditional altar

   – A Tribute to Will

   – Hip Hop Saints

   – A community altar (bring a photo, memorabilia, or symbolic item    to honor a loved one)

    – And a few more


    – An interactive photo opportunity with an ode to a famous Mexican Boxing Champion

   – Live body painting

   – Sugar Skull Painting

   – and more surprises TBA


Group Show

Mostly figurative in nature, a strong unifying aspect of this well curated exhibition of prints, paintings, drawings and sculptures is that all the artists seem to want to broaden our understanding of the human condition. Vulnerability, stereotypes, sexual identity and social pressures are among the variety of themes explored. Large, recycled, steel sculptures sit comfortably with thick impastoed paintings sharing an affinity for lush, raw surfaces.  With over two dozen artworks on exhibit in two galleries, these professional artists are sure to inspire.  Photo included is of artist Andre Patrie and is titled “Who’s Hunting Whom”

Date: Friday, May 17th, 2013 from 9:00pm to 1:00am

Location: ArtExchange, 356 E. 3rd St, Long Beach, Ca. 90802

Price: $25 at door, $20 if you wear blue (excluding denim). Event ticket include food and beverages.

The gallery is open by appointment and on Thursday night from 6:00-8:00pm.

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Art Exchange invites you to the solo exhibition opening for local artist CLARKE on Saturday, April 13 from 6:00pm. to 10:00pm. The show titled, “Mix, Stitch, Repeat” consists of 12 pieces and is a lexicon of images, materials, and application techniques. The largest pieces in the exhibit are on canvas and measure 6 by 5 feet.  Each piece is a combination of color and pattern that fuses craft with fine art. The show continues through April 27.

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LONG BEACH LIFE: Documentary Photography

Please Join us for the Opening Reception on Saturday, March 9th from 6-10pm . The show runs until March 30 and is open on Thursdays and Fridays from 5-8pm and Saturdays from 11am-4pm.

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“Cristina Mariotta is a student at Arts & Services for Disabled, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides therapeutic art-based programs to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities since its founding in 1982. Over the years, ASD has collaborated with many community programs in an effort to help all individuals become more productive citizens and support them in their efforts to be as independent as possible.

Similar to the rest of the artists that attend ASD, Cristina does not let her disability get the best of her creative abilities. She is young, kind, and not afraid to show her emotions. From day to day, Cristina handles life challenges by exploring them through art. Her artistic abilities are strategic and ideas are well defined.

Cristina states, “I am good. I want friends, family, staff to know I’m good.” And when asked what she wanted to name this show, Cristina replied without hesitation “Who I am.” A title that is as clear and concise as her artwork. Curated by Cristina and ASD program director, Colin Carri, “Who I Am” will showcase her experimentation with different mediums and connections that relate to personal events from her past, present, and future happenings.”

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“…is a group exhibition featuring CSULB School of Art graduate students. This eclectic grouping of artworks take the form of illustration, installation, painting, photography, performance, and social practice. Though stylistically diverse, the work collectively touches on the flexibility of meaning within the realm of the game and its ties to perception, connection, and understanding. Specifically, we learn from our surroundings by playing with and against them. Furthermore, the exhibition showcases artwork aligned with ideas of an play, competition, engagement, and the elusive moment. Little Games is curated by Michael Nannery, a CSULB School of Art graduate student.”

Please Join us for the Opening Reception on January 12th from 6-10pm . The show runs till February 9 and is open on Thursdays and Fridays from 5-8pm and Saturdays from 11am-4pm.




2012 Exhibitions

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If you’re still looking for the perfect gift for that difficult to shop for person then come down to the ArtExchange and pick up some ART. The walls will be full of great works and the sooner you get there the better the selection will be.

Also next door in our Glow Room we will have an installation featuring the designs of Jay Blaine.

Reception starts on December 8, the sale runs until December 22. Galleries are open from 6-10pm and everything is up for grabs!!!

This just in!!! What could be better than some Psych(ic) X-Mas tunes from the Psychic Partners? They’ll be rockin’ the 1’s & 2’s for your aural enjoyment from 6-10.

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COLLEEN MULLIGAN: Paintings and Drawings

An exhibition by students affiliated with Long Beach Community Ceramics Studio. Instructor: Anita Sinclair, Long Beach Parks Recreation and Marine.
Please Join us for the Opening Reception on November 10th from 4-10pm. The show runs till December 1 and is open on Thursdays and Fridays from 5-8pm and Saturdays from 11am-4pm.

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ACRES OF ART Fund-Raising Art Exhibition

Use books from the old Acres of Books store to create a work of art and you’re guaranteed to be in the show.
Exhibition opens on October 13.