Art that’s meant to move you
See museum-quality local art at the First Street Transit Gallery
Visit the Gallery at the Transit & Visitor Information Center, located on 1st St. between Pine Ave. and Long Beach Blvd. in Downtown Long Beach.
Explore Downtown through a different lens
Now on display at the First Street Transit Gallery: the winning work from the DTLB Unfiltered Photo Contest! These artists turned their lenses toward Downtown—capturing moments of community, culture, and creativity across six unique categories. Scroll down to meet the winners.
Click on an artist’s profile picture to learn more about them.
Long Beach Local Poems
On display year round
The story of Long Beach is told in prose in these inspiring poems. Explore decades of poetic musings and enjoy the interpretive design accompanying these pieces penned by local writers. The poems are also a feature you can enjoy in person at the First Street Transit Gallery.
Previous Art Installations
Click the button below see previous gallery installations.
Want to find more art in Long Beach?
Use the Public Art Map from Arts Council for Long Beach to discover pieces around every corner.
Ariel James Odvina is a street, landscape and documentary photographer based out of Long Beach. He loves capturing candid moments, scenery, and life’s memories. Whether film or digital, color or black and white photos, he appreciates and enjoys all aspects of photography.
Artwork: Early Bird Gets The Worm, 2023
Category: Flora & Fauna
Kris is a Trans photographer who loves to travel. A collector of moments, his appreciation for art came from his mom who was always surrounded by LA Chicano artists. While in high school, he spent a lot of time at the Huntington Library and the Norton Simon Museum, drawing inspiration from the exquisite gardens and paintings. He started photography in his early 20’s, growing his confidence and creative voice.
Artwork: Old Fashioned, 2023
Category: Food & Drink
Lauren Benson is a photographer from Southern California. Originally trained as an artist, Lauren has transitioned her creative expression from the canvas to the camera lens. Her work emerges as a unique blend of artistic intuition and journalistic curiosity. Currently pursuing her studies at Cal State Long Beach, Lauren is dedicated to honing her skills as a journalism major while simultaneously minoring in photography.
Artwork: Tower Fans, 2023
Category: Outside the Frame
Born and raised in Lake Tahoe, Michael started his photography journey in college to document life. During the pandemic it became his creative outlet.
Artwork: Serene Walk Along the Waterfront, 2023
Category: People, Places & Events
Dorian is a creative professional whose hobbies and interests include photography, creative design, archery, hiking, cooking, and spending time outdoors.
Artwork: Foliage, 2023
Category: Shop Small
Victor strives to create bold, exciting, emotionally stirring photographs in which the subject, be it person or product, shines. Photography has a special power over Victor. His first camera was a medium format Mamiya C330 and it was then that he fell in love with photography. What started as a hobby quickly became a lifelong passion.
Artwork: Sunset Reflection, 2023
Category: Skyline Architecture