Arts Council for Long Beach is featuring artists from our Artist Registry. For the month of August, we are celebrating socially engaged artists and this week we are highlighting public artist Corie Mattie.

Corie Mattie is an LA-based artist and muralist who immediately took to the streets during the covid-19 pandemic to provide hope for the community through her murals and canvas prints during these unprecedented times. With an eye for the intersection of art and activism, Corie uses a balance of wordplay and imagery to deliver a message that hits you in the gut. Corie was thrust into the spotlight in 2020 as “LA Hope Dealer,” after becoming known for her striking yellow murals encouraging the community to stay home and stay positive during the early days of the pandemic. 

With social justice issues boiling to the surface across the city and country, Corie uses her work to propel the conversation forward. As a trailblazer in the LGBTQIA+ community, she relies on her unwavering courage as an artist, in addition to pushing the boundaries of what women can say or do.

Featured in The NY Times, The Guardian, LA Times, and more, Corie’s burgeoning career as a muralist and artist continues to flourish. In addition to critical acclaim, the LA community is celebrating her work, too, as she was recently named “District 26 Woman of the Year.” 

“When my murals or pieces touch and inspire people, it reminds me of why I took this leap in the first place.” — Corie Mattie 

Before moving to LA to pursue her dreams of becoming an artist, Corie received her undergraduate degree at the University of Maryland, followed by a masters degree from Georgetown University. Despite a successful start to her career, she felt an integral part of herself still wasn’t being expressed. She abandoned the life she built on the East Coast and hasn’t looked back.

Like and follow Corie Mattie’s work on the following sites:

Website: /

Instagram: @coriemattie