My work explores how elements from the past affect the spaces we inhabit in the present. While irreplaceable from a historical standpoint, signs and architecture of other eras are part of a neighborhood's fabric and can evoke a range of emotions for locals. Sometimes, the original intent can be contradicted by its meaning for the community, whether as a symbol of home, a trigger for a specific memory, or a cue to political debate. In an era of sweeping gentrification, it is important to understand what vintage places represent to the local community.
Kristen Nyberg, a native of Marblehead MA, earned a BFA from Philadelphia College of Art. (Now the University of the Arts) She worked as a freelance illustrator and eventually moved into sign design. In her almost 30 years as a designer and project manager for the architectural signage industry, she gained a deeper appreciation for the vintage places. Nyberg began photographing vintage elements in the Boston area in 2003, exploring storefronts, diners, theaters and neighborhoods. Having spent many years in the digital arena using computers to create and process imagery, she felt a strong pull to return to creating art by hand and began painting in 2015.
2020 Juror’s Choice Award, 2020 Emerging Artists Exhibition, presented by the Cambridge Art Association
2016 People’s Choice Award, Marblehead Icons, Marblehead Arts Association
2020 2020 Emerging Artists Exhibition, presented by the Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge MA, Juror’s Choice Award
2018 Modern Moonlight, solo exhibition Marblehead Arts Association, Marblehead MA
2018 Lee Mansion Though Artist’s Eyes, group exhibition, Marblehead Museum, Marblehead MA
2017 Sketch Collective, group drawing exhibition, Marblehead Arts Association, Marblehead MA
2017 Flip Flop, group exhibition, Newburyport Arts Association, Newburyport, MA
2016 Marblehead Icons, group exhibition, Marblehead Arts Assoc. Winner, People’s Choice