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Marblehead Festival of Arts announces 2019 logo contest winner

Carol Moore, Marblehead Festival of Arts president, Kristen Nyberg, who designed the logo, and logo committee member Bill Smalley, display this year's winning logo.

The Marblehead Festival of Arts announced Kristen Nyberg of Marblehead as the winner of its 2019 logo contest. Every year, the MFoA selects a new logo to represent that year’s festival. This year, after being selected from 58 entries to be one of three finalists, Nyberg’s design earned the most votes of the more than 1,100 cast by the public.

The first time Nyberg submitted a design to the MFoA logo contest (unsuccessfully) was in 1980, when she was a 10th-grader at Marblehead High.

Nyberg earned a BFA in illustration and design from Philadelphia College of Art, worked as a freelance illustrator and eventually moved into architectural sign design. In 2005, she formed Nyberg Design, which provides design services to the industry, as well as branding and illustration services to individual clients.

Through the years, Nyberg gained a deep appreciation for vintage sign design. Researching its art and history, she began documenting vintage signs in the area in 2003. Eventually, this led to a 2010 solo photography exhibition, “Signs and Wonders.” In 2015, she resumed oil painting as a way to entice viewers to pause and consider how these elements enhance our living spaces, and, thus, understand the argument for preservation. In 2018, her vintage sign paintings were exhibited in the solo show, “Modern Moonlight,” at the Marblehead Arts Association. She is currently working on a streetscapes exhibition for late 2019.

This summer’s 54th arts festival will be held July 4-7 at locations throughout Marblehead. Four days of engaging activities are designed to provide a fun and enriching experience for visitors of all ages, coming from town, the region, the country and the world. Details will be posted on the festival website,

The Marblehead Festival of Arts is an all-volunteer organization that operates year-round and relies solely on donations to fund its operations. Individuals, families and businesses may become Festival Sponsors by making a tax-deductible contribution. For additional information on MFoA, visit

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