Blog: Teacher Feature, Katie Stubblefield, Professor, Special Programs and Services

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This week’s Teacher Feature, Katie Stubblefield, paints us a vivid picture on why her artwork has been all the buzz in the news lately. As a part-time professor and full-time artist, learn how her art impacts the lives of Coastline Special Programs and Services’ students and beyond.

Tell us about yourself.

Hello! I have been a Special Programs and Services Professor at Coastline College Newport Beach Campus since 2010. I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) from Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro with an emphasis in Drawing and Painting and a Minor in Sculpture in 1991. Additionally, I receive my Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) from California State University, Long Beach with an emphasis in Drawing and Painting in 2001.

My work has been included in several group exhibitions including CSU Main Gallery, San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, Jamie Brooks Fine Art and POST Gallery. Additionally, I have received an Individual Artists Fellowship and microgrant in support of both of my two and three dimensional works from the Long Beach Arts Council. In 2017, I was recognized as Coastline College “Teacher of the Year.”

TIMBER/TIMBRE was a project conceived of by Hilary Norcliffe, Jennifer Gunlock and Katie Stubblefield, as part of the Long Beach multisensory inaugural event PUMP on 2017 with a goal of creating an interactive multisensory installation that examines trees from many different perspectives. This multi-faceted urban forest was intended to spark both curiosity and respect for trees:  growing, felled, whispering, transforming, sheltering, supporting, flexing, and singing. 

What themes does your art explore?

My new wood cut prints, oil paintings, sculptures, and sight-specific installed projects, explore order, chaos, and entropy. Moreover, my color-soaked oil paintings and value-based prints take visual cues from the natural resources used to complete my sculptural works and installed projects. My imagery is informed by site visits, forensic photography, first-hand accounts and evidence of changed/damaged/evolving environments.

Levee Guard. Oil on Panel. Artist: Katie Stubblefield
Spill Way. Artist: Katie Stubblefield.
Crown Fire. Artist: Katie Stubblefield. This artwork will be displayed during Stubblefield’s upcoming exhibit at SALT Fine Art in Laguna Beach, CA starting on Thursday, June 6, 2019. The show runs all summer long. Contact Katie for more information:

Read more about Professor Stubblefield’s work recently featured on Long Beach local news. Her work is currently being featured at Long Beach Creative Group gallery.

What do you love about teaching at Coastline?

I love seeing my students independently accomplish their educational objectives after walking them through the basics. I serve students with intellectual disabilities as well as students on the Autism Spectrum, engaging them in both the enrichment arts curriculum and COAST Vocational Programing. Their completed works constantly amaze and inspire me. I am thrilled to see my students enrolled in the COAST Vocational Program participate in graduation after completing their vocational certification.

Furthermore, I enjoy the creativity, enthusiasm and drive of the department’s fellow instructors, staff and program coordinator.  Special Programs is full of engaged and compassionate individuals who truly care for the educational needs of its’ student population. As a result, I am so proud to be a part of this department.

What is unique about your class?

My art non-credit classes parallel the course arrangements, planned lessons, terms, and techniques of for-credit arts courses. I offer my Special Programs students the college experience they see around them.

To learn more about Coastline’s Special Programs and Services for the Disabled, visit their website or call (714) 241-6214 / TDD (714) 751-2072.

I offer my Special Programs students the college experience they see around them.

Professor Stubblefield, Coastline College

Tell us something students may not know about you?

I did a year-long tattoo apprenticeship in 2004 at So Cal Tattoo in San Pedro, CA.

Four tips for Coastline students

  1. Mistakes are an important part of learning.
  2. Adaptations are okay.

About the Teacher Feature series.

Coastline College proudly highlights its renowned faculty through the Teacher Feature blog series. This week’s feature showcases Professor Shoro, Visual and Performing Arts Department. Stay connected with Professor Shoro through her website:

Enjoy learning about Coastline’s greatest? Check out the previously highlighted #TeacherFeatures. Your future instructor may be amongst the featured!

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