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Graphic Design Exhibit Opens at Northern Essex

Submitted by on February 25, 2020 – 7:26 pm

“Liz in Motion” 20 x 13.5 inch a digitally enhanced photo.

Vaughn Abbott, an alumnus of the Northern Essex Community College graphic design program, returns to campus in March, not as a student, but as an accomplished artist, with his exhibit “Effigies and Transformations: A Digital Art Show.”

The exhibit includes 20 graphic design pieces created by Vaughn.

The show will be exhibited in the Linda Hummel-Shea ArtSpace in the Harold Bentley Library on the Haverhill Campus, 100 Elliott St. from Monday, March 2, 2020, through Friday, April 3, 2020. A reception and artist’s talk will be held Thursday, March 5, 2020, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public during library hours – Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. .

“Captain Cosmos” a 12 x 16 inch digitally enhanced photo.

Abbott, a 2013 magna cum laude graduate of NECC, is a Western Maryland native. He currently resides in Newburyport where he works as a freelance graphic designer, photographer, and artist.

Inspired by poster and album cover designers including Kelly-Mouse, Rick Griffin, Peter Max, Storm Thorgerson, and Aubrey Powell, Abbott says he is constantly trying to “create images that take ordinary elements from nature, including humans, animals, and landscapes and put a twist on them to catch your eye…both subtle and not-so-subtle ways are employed to hopefully hold your attention and give you pause…”

Northern Essex Department of Art & Design offers many courses in fine art and design leading to an Associate Degree in General Studies: Art & Design.

For additional information, contact Marc Mannheimer, gallery coordinator at or Michelle Carter, Art & Design Department chair