Master of Arts
photography and drawing. Illinois State University
Bachelor of Arts
with honors in theatre, double major in Art (photography and drawing) and Theatre (scenic and lighting design).
Recipient State of Illinois Board of Regents full ride, four year, talent scholarship in the Arts.
Illinois State University.
Exhibitions and Publications:
2017-08 The Vermont Center for Photography, 2nd Juried PhotoBook Exhibition. "Betwixt and Between" official selection.
2017-05 Fall Line 50, book "Betwixt and Between" selected for top 50 self published books exhibition and distribution
2017-05 Zine: "Stair" added to London College of Communication special collections
2017-01 Book published, "Betwixt and Between," photos and text by Dennis Neal Vaughn
2016-08 Zine published, "All Night Long vol.19," split zine featuring the series "Twin Peaks" by Dennis Neal Vaughn and Midwest Landscapes by Nathan Pearce.
2015 - "100 Mile Radius" - Pilkington Prize
2015-09 Illinois State University Alumni Spectacular Group Show
2014-09 LACDA INTERNATIONAL JURIED COMPETITION, los angeles center for digital art
2014-09 Fresh Art 2014 - A National Juried Show, Marin Society of Artists
2014-08 Bay Centric Juried Show 2014, Pacific Art League
Past Exhibitions and Permanent Collections of his work include:
ALL NIGHT LONG, Volume 19
split zine with Nathan Pearce
University of Missouri, Kansas City UMKC
La Budde special collections, Kansas City - permanent collection
A DAY WITH HIV, Positively Aware
Chicago - permanent collection and book publication
Joseph Campbell Foundation
Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA - featured artist and permanent collection
Postcards from the Edge, Visual AIDS,
New York City - group show
San Francisco - permanent collection
Immune Enhancement Project
San Francisco – permanent collection
The Spiva Art Center
Joplin, MO. - Juried show
Center for the Visual Arts, Illinois State University
Normal, IL - permanent collection
H. A. Peine Memorial Library
Minier, IL - permanent collection
Art works in corporate collections include works commissioned by:
Diversifoods Inc., Atlanta
Seaman Patrick Paper, Detroit.
Previous Grants and Awards:
Harmon Arts Grant for "Electric City – Far From Normal" – short film –
Awarded by the AIDS TASK FORCE and THE HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCACY COUNCIL of
Film premiere for World Aids Day, December 1, 2008.
Friends Of The Arts Grant - photography
Illinois State University.
State of Illinois High School Photography Awards, Grand Champion and Best of Show. 1977
"Electric City - Far From Normal" - short
"Autumn Blues" - short for MTV
"Techno Lamp" - short for MTV
"an enigma" - short
"Mama Medea" - feature
Mr. Vaughn's art work includes mural commissions for both
the City of Chicago and the Chicago Park District
as well as short films based on his artwork for MTV.
Past Vice President, Board of Directors, Independent Feature Project/Midwest