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March 20, 2013

Art exhibit reflects NECC campus history

In the hands of the right person, an assemblage of metal chairs can be turned into something that deserves a second and more thoughtful look.

Liz Nofzinger, a Boston-based video and installation artist, has done just that, as she interprets the history of Northern Essex Community College’s Haverhill campus in an exhibit titled “Resource.”

Her exhibit is available for viewing until April 6 and is free and open to the public. Nofzinger’s inspiration for her NECC installation began the first time she visited the campus last summer. Her “precarious” stack of conference room chairs recognizes the gallery’s dual use as a conference room, the visionary nature and sense of humor of the college’s founding president and library namesake, Harold Bentley, and the campus landscape visible beyond the large windows of the gallery.

Nofzinger, who holds a bachelor degree in liberal arts from Goshen College and a master of fine art in studio for interrelated media degree from the Massachusetts College of Art, has exhibited her works widely, including in Boston, Washington and Colorado. In 2010, she participated in the DeCordova Biennial at the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Lincoln. In addition to being a working artist, Nofzinger is managing editor of ASPECT: The Chronicle of New Media Art.

ArtSpace hours are Monday through Thursday from 2 to 9 p.m., Friday from 2 to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. More information is available from Marc Mannheimer at mmannheimer@necc.mass.edu.

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