Bettye Brookfield - Coastal Carolina University
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Bettye Brookfield

Teaching Associate

Jonathan Doe
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Edwards Building (EHFA) 272

Spring 2020 Office Hours
Tuesdays/Thursdays 1:00 - 3:00pm by appointment

Be in the Present, Remember the Past, Plan for the Future” - Unknown


After receiving my Masters of Fine Arts degree from Memphis College of Art in Tennessee, studying art history at Cambridge in England, studying painting in the South of France in Provence, architecture in Barcelona, Spain. I returned to my native Kentucky to accept an appointment as Chair of Fine Arts at St. Catharine College near Bardstown, Kentucky. I was very happy there for over twenty years, serving on many academic committees and partnering with local government to promote the arts, boosting economic growth. 

On a visit to Myrtle Beach, a friend suggested that I drop in at Coastal Carolina University to see if they had any openings in the art department, so I did. I had the good fortune of meeting Easton Selby, Chair of Fine Arts in the Edwards Fine Arts Building. He took the time to look at my resume, was impressed with my credentials and was able to offer me a position as a Teaching Associate in the Visual Arts Department. I accepted!


M.F.A., Memphis College of Art, emphasis in Painting and Sculpture, 1994

B.A., Union University; Major in Art, Minor in Education, 1992

Interseting Facts

  • Awarded the 2015-16 Outstanding Faculty of the Year Award at St. Catharine College, St. Catharine, KY
  • Professor and Art Department Program Chair - Curriculum planning, maintaining budget, Art Instructor to 350-500 College level students. Teaching areas include Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Art History, Two and Three Dimensional Design and Art Education. 
  • Director Sienna Magazine, student publication of art and creative writing 
  • President of Faculty Senate, Member, Student Affairs Committee, Cultural Committee and Title III Committee, Faculty Senate, Graduate Council, IRB, A&S Representative to Faculty Government
  • Graduate Council- 2014-15, Planning and Developing Curriculum for Masters of Arts in Leadership, creating a center for Arts and Cultural Partnerships between the college and community
  • Chair Fine Arts- 2010-2015, Planning and Developing Curriculum for Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree program, supervising Adjunct Instructors. Served on Curriculum Development Committee for five years in transitioning the college from a two-year to four-year school.
  • Chair Fine Arts Council- Collaborative committee consisting of City government leaders and SCC faculty setting goals and planning activities between the college and Springfield.
  • Scholarly Work- 2012-2016, recognition by President’s Council for exceptional work in area
  • Sponsor- International Club- 2012-16, hosting International dinners and visiting speakers and performers, Tibetan Monks; Vietnamese Dominican Sisters; Brazilian musicians
  • Professional Development- 200-16, International travel to France, Spain, and Italy, taking students to Paris and Provence, including Dominican trail, originating in Fanjeaux, France.
  • Kentucky Education Symposium- 2013, presenter, Value of the Arts in Education, multimedia presentation including: original work, film, and Powerpoint demonstration
  • Greater Louisville, Inc.- 2010-15, active member of the Arts Education Committee, promoting the arts in Education and Entrepreneur development, networking with creative industries.
  • Board of Directors of Fine Arts Bardstown 2015-16, collaborative gallery of 60 artists, planning re-purposing of historic buildings for arts locations, presentations to City Council, County Judge Executive, and various committees
  • Appointed by Governor Beshear to Kentucky Commission on Women 2014-2017 to support women and young girls of the Commonwealth, recognized for merit in production and exhibition of film, Dreamers and Doers: Voices of Kentucky Women, distributed throughout the Commonwealth and shown on KET
  • Merit Award for film, Portraits of Kentucky Artists, serving as Artistic Director-2013
  • Also, featured artist presenting career in teaching and art production, still shown on KET due to popularity.
  • Design Committee, Downtown Renaissance, Springfield, Kentucky 2015 to sketch and create presentations for proposals for designating Historic District, signage, new building construction, preservation of historic buildings and sites,
  • Creative and Idea Conferences 2000-2015, inquisitive, creative, and collaborative symposiums to seek solutions in quality of living communities.
  • Merit Award 2015 Owensboro Bronze Buffalo Paint-Out for oil painting en plein aire
  • Overall winner and $1500. Purchase Prize 2016 Medical Center Women’s Health Pavilion in Bowling Green for oil painting
  • Elected to Washington County Executive Committee Democratic Party - 2016 as delegate for National Convention

Teaching Areas

Studio Arts, Visual and Performing Arts

Research Areas

Creativity: The Process