About Me

Katie Phillips is a Long Beach illustrator and graphic designer who is passionate about helping her community through art, being eco-friendly, and installing large-scale murals. Her artistic process began as a child with a lot of support from her family. Now, her primary source of inspiration for her richly diverse subject matter comes from dreams and the world around her. Her art is characterized by vibrant colors, whimsy, and geometric shapes.

Katie is the newest recipient of the Green Artist of the Year award. Mayor Robert Garcia stated, “Katie Phillips, we are thrilled to recognize your art work throughout the years, work that is integral to promoting environmental health and sustainability here in Long Beach.”

She has exhibited her art work in group and solo shows in the SoCal area, and co-founded Squeeze Art Collective. She is extremely active in helping local artists get exposure, creating opportunities for more local art, and loves helping others succeed.

Her art work is in many private residences throughout the U.S. and is in several public collections including the Main Public Library in Long Beach, among others. You can find her public murals in North Long Beach and Bixby Knolls. She studied at Otis College of Art and Design.


Personal details.

Katie Phillips (b. 1977 Tulsa, OK USA)


Otis College of Art and Design, Bachelor of Fine Art, 2000

Solo Exhibitions

2006 “Volkarts” North Hollywood, CA.

Selected Group Exhibitions

2016 “Girl Power”, Expo Arts Center, Long Beach

2016 “Sea Change, See Change”, Green Prize Festival, Long Beach

2015 “Found!”, Green Prize Festival, Long Beach

2015 “Shhhh!”, Made in Long Beach, Long Beach

2014 “Night Dive”, Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach

2014 “Dia de los Muertos”, Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach

2014 “A Bird in the Hand”, Green Prize Festival, Long Beach

2013 “One”, CALB Center, Long Beach

2012 “Switchfoot”, Vayden Roi Gallery, Long Beach

2007 “The Birds and the Bees”, Hive Gallery, Los Angeles

Awards and Prizes

2016, Green Artist of the Year, City of Long Beach

2015, Certificate of Recognition, City of Long Beach

2014, 2nd Place, Dia de los Muertos Ofrenda, Museum of Latin American Art

Artist Residency

2015-present, The Vault Warehouse, Long Beach


2016 Microgrant, Arts Council for Long Beach

2015 Microgrant, Arts Council for Long Beach


Long Beach Main Public Library, Long Beach

Private Collections, Long Beach, Hollywood, Los Angeles, North Hollywood, West Hills, Lousiville KY, Calabasas


Asia Morris, Long Beach Post, "Creative Corridor Challenge Transforms Spaces Into Places", August 1, 2016, Arts & Culture

Ashleigh Ruhl, Gazettes, "EASBA Highlights Long Beach's Historical Zaferia District", July 19 2016

Cory Bilicko, Signal Hill Tribune, “Imitating Life: Posing Questions for Local Artist Katie Phillips”, May 1 2015, front page

Teaching, employment or professional appointments

2016 Commissioned Muralist, Council Member Rex Richardson

2016 Commissioned Muralist, Long Beach Unified School District

2015 Commissioned Muralist, GoFetch Dog Daycare

2014-2016 Art Curator, Green Prize Festival

2012-2015 Art Director, Edge Music Network

2014-2015 Art Curator, Dia de los Verdes Festival

2015 Art Curator, Made in Long Beach

2015 Guest lecturer, WAPRO 

2009-2012 Graphic Artist, Evy of California

2009 Graphic Designer, FOX

Katie Phillips created a very nice poster for an exhibition at the Los Altos History Museum in 2014. She took a rough concept and made it pop with graphics that she created to go with the text we provided. Her colors worked with our color scheme and she was clever with the lay out, making it easy to read and appealing. One image of a bicycle rider posed an interesting challenge. The cyclist needed a helmet and Katie was able to patch one in just like that. Working with her was easy, we communicated by email and by exchanging drafts electronically. She is very professional, her turn-around time is quick and she is a pleasure to work with. Two thumbs up!
— Gary Hedden, Volunteer at Pedal Power: "From Wacky to Workhorse" Exhibition Organizer, Los Altos History Museum