In addi­tion to 1,200 under­grad­u­ates, Northeastern’s newest res­i­dence hall, Inter­na­tional Vil­lage, will be home to a range of artistic instal­la­tions that show­case the university’s com­mit­ment to cre­ative expres­sion. Exhi­bi­tions include work by North­eastern fac­ulty, stu­dents, alumni and other accom­plished artists.

A notable addi­tion to the building is a col­orful 240 square-​​foot mural by the renowned urban artist Shepard Fairey. The Fairey instal­la­tion, which fea­tures an image of the artist’s wife, was custom pro­duced and donated to Northeastern.

Watch a video of the Fairey installation

The notice­able increase of art on the North­eastern campus is con­sis­tent with the university’s aca­d­emic plan.

Cre­ative expres­sion is a vital part of intel­lec­tual explo­ration,” says Pres­i­dent Joseph Aoun. “I want our campus to fea­ture a broad tapestry of art­work that inspires everyone asso­ci­ated with the uni­ver­sity — from our stu­dents and fac­ulty to vis­i­tors just passing by.”

In addi­tion to the Fairey mural, Inter­na­tional Vil­lage will fea­ture a diverse set of exhibitions:

•A first-​​floor instal­la­tion show­casing the university’s Lower Rox­bury Oral His­tory Project, an effort to pre­serve the sur­rounding community’s his­tory and share it with gen­er­a­tions to come.

•The Cyber Café “media wall,” located near the dining hall, is made up of 11 46-​​inch video screens dis­playing a com­bi­na­tion of live and still media from around the world. Passers-​​by can watch a live-​​feed from the streets of Tokyo, for example, or observe a series of images from North­eastern study abroad programs.

•A series of pho­tographs by North­eastern grad­uate Jes­sica Scranton during her time with “My Sister’s Keeper,” a vol­un­teer orga­ni­za­tion that works in the Sudan. This instal­la­tion will be vis­ible from Rug­gles Street.

•North­eastern grad­uate Michael Ulman’s latest motor­cycle sculp­ture, com­posed of found objects, will hang from the first-​​floor ceiling.

•Ani­mated sculp­tures cre­ated by Pro­fessor Edwin Andrews, chair of Northeastern’s Art + Design depart­ment, will be installed out­side the building.

•Two topo­graph­ical photos taken by asso­ciate pro­fessor Julie Curtis will hang oppo­site each other in one of the stair­wells. The instal­la­tion is meant to alter the per­spec­tive of those who walk up and down the stairs.

•Pho­tographs taken by stu­dents on some of Northeastern’s many study abroad pro­grams will be hung on the north walls of the lowest floor.