New art gallery debuts with “Wild Ones”, a show by Michael Ulman, ‘00

Boston, Mass. — North­eastern Uni­ver­sity will make its pres­ence known in the art com­mu­nity on October 9, with the debut of the University’s exciting new art gallery, Gallery 360. The gallery will com­ple­ment the University’s “North­eastern Cre­ates” ini­tia­tive, which cel­e­brates and pro­motes cre­ative expres­sion throughout the campus.

Our new Gallery 360 will be a wel­coming and engaging envi­ron­ment where both our internal and external com­mu­nity can con­nect with the arts,” said Philomena Man­tella, senior vice pres­i­dent for enroll­ment man­age­ment and stu­dent affairs. “We look for­ward to show­casing an exciting array of local, regional, and national exhi­bi­tions that will inspire you!”

Gallery 360, the University’s new per­ma­nent visual arts space, kicks off in October 2008 with “Wild Ones,” an opening exhibit of fan­tasy vehi­cles cre­ated by North­eastern Uni­ver­sity alumnus and found-​​object sculptor Michael Ulman, ‘00. The gallery’s first exhibit brings to roaring life an array of imag­i­na­tive and mech­a­nistic art pieces.

It is an honor to have the dis­tinct priv­i­lege of having my work fea­tured in the inau­gural show at Gallery 360,” said Ulman. “It is a tremen­dous plea­sure to return to my alma mater where I was encour­aged as a stu­dent to explore my interest in the arts and honed many artistic skills.”

The Roslin­dale, Mass­a­chu­setts, native and recent Art + Design grad­uate (for­merly the School of Visual Arts and Design) has been fas­ci­nated with machines since he was a young boy. His tac­tile metal work may indeed appear, at first glance, to be a slightly uncon­ven­tional homage to the motor­cycle or racecar—classic icons of speed, power, and masculinity.

Closer exam­i­na­tion reveals just how uncon­ven­tional his pieces truly are. Each work, which can take years to com­plete, is con­structed of found objects that Ulman uncovers, cleans, pol­ishes, and welds into place.

Pow­erful motors are the cen­tral force behind my work,” added Ulman. “My chal­lenge is to create static sculp­tures that evoke the sound, move­ment, and raw power that inspire them.”

Building upon the momentum of “North­eastern Cre­ates,” Gallery 360 has grown out of the vibrancy and diver­sity of the University’s com­mit­ment to the arts in acad­emia and beyond.

Northeastern’s newest venue for the visual arts also fur­thers a key ele­ment of the University’s aca­d­emic plan—to enrich intel­lec­tual life and cre­ative expres­sion for our stu­dents and the broader community.

The ele­gant, 1,000-square-foot space will dis­play col­lec­tions and unique works by North­eastern Uni­ver­sity stu­dents, staff, and fac­ulty, as well as exhibits by local and national artists of note. The gallery, located in the Ell Building, oper­ates year-​​round.

For more infor­ma­tion, please visit http://​neu​.edu/​n​o​r​t​h​e​a​s​t​e​r​n​c​r​e​a​t​e​s​/​g​a​l​l​e​r​y​3​60/ or con­tact Samantha Fodrowski at 617–373-5427 or at s.​fodrowski@​neu.​edu.

About North­eastern

Founded in 1898, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity is a pri­vate research uni­ver­sity located in the heart of Boston. North­eastern is a leader in inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research, urban engage­ment, and the inte­gra­tion of class­room learning with real-​​world expe­ri­ence. The university’s dis­tinc­tive coop­er­a­tive edu­ca­tion pro­gram, where stu­dents alter­nate semes­ters of full-​​time study with semes­ters of paid work in fields rel­e­vant to their pro­fes­sional inter­ests and major, is one of the largest and most inno­v­a­tive in the world. The Uni­ver­sity offers a com­pre­hen­sive range of under­grad­uate and grad­uate pro­grams leading to degrees through the doc­torate in six under­grad­uate col­leges, eight grad­uate schools, and two part-​​time divi­sions. For more infor­ma­tion, please visit www​.north​eastern​.edu.