Northeastern’s Gallery 360 is now a con­tender among Boston’s must-​​see art gal­leries, according to campus curator Bruce Ployer.

In the six years since its incep­tion, the gallery has made the trans­for­ma­tion from an after­thought to a major focal point on campus, exhibiting a range of art from stu­dents to inter­na­tion­ally known artists.

People didn’t think about us six years ago,” said Ployer, “but they are now.”

The 1,000-square-foot gallery is located in a cor­ridor between the Curry Stu­dent Center and Ell Hall. Its cur­rent exhi­bi­tion, “Celebrity Type,” fea­tures more than a dozen iconic type­writers once owned by the likes of Ernest Hem­ingway, John Lennon, and Theodore Kaczynski.

The gallery hosts about 20 shows a year, according to Ployer. As its pop­u­larity grows, he vowed to keep its target audi­ence of stu­dents intrigued by fre­quently show­casing new exhibits. Starting Sept. 28, the gallery will host pieces by Derek Boshier, a British artist who works with numerous media, including paint­ings, films and instal­la­tions. Later this fall Mitch Weiss’ pho­to­graphic com­par­a­tive study “Sister Cities” will be on dis­play at the gallery.

Bruce Ployer is the campus curator for Gallery 360. Photo by Brooks Canaday.

Bruce Ployer is the campus curator for Gallery 360. Photo by Brooks Canaday.

Ployer, who was named curator in Sep­tember 2012, noted that Northeastern’s growing com­mit­ment to the arts could be attrib­uted to Pres­i­dent Joseph E. Aoun.

The pres­i­dent is very inter­ested in the arts,” Ployer said. “He gave us a charge very early on about what he wanted the gallery to achieve.”

That plan included show­casing a variety of medium from North­eastern stu­dents, fac­ulty, and Boston-​​area artists, as well as bringing nation­ally and inter­na­tion­ally renowned exhibits to campus.

One of the first hur­dles was finding a space to host the exhibits. Years ago, artists exhib­ited their work in a room in the Curry Stu­dent Center even though it was not designed to serve as an art gallery, recalled Assis­tant Vice Pres­i­dent of Stu­dent Affairs Marina Macomber.

The artists really weren’t in a space that high­lighted their work,” Macomber said. “I remember the day we walked down toward the cor­ridor and one of the senior team mem­bers had this vision of cre­ating the art gallery in the cor­ridor. It was hard to see at first because it was just a cor­ridor between the two buildings.”

Over time, Macomber and her col­leagues began to realize that hanging art from the corridor’s walls would make for a unique viewing expe­ri­ence. “Then,” she explained, “we began to say, ‘Now we have this unbe­liev­able opportunity.’”

With its floor-​​to-​​ceiling glass walls, the gallery’s design allows passers-​​by to view exhibits even when the gallery is tech­ni­cally closed, noted Robert Grier, director of oper­a­tions at the Curry Stu­dent Center. “It is the longest opened gallery in the world,” he said with a laugh. “Just because of the loca­tion and design, we never close.”

An advi­sory com­mittee of stu­dents, fac­ulty, and staff chooses the exhibits, which have ranged from an explo­ration of Swiss graphic design to a ret­ro­spec­tive of Negro League Baseball.

I look for shows that talk to the heart of the uni­ver­sity,” Ployer said. “My goal is to not only to engage but expand stu­dents’ thinking about what art is.”

    Gallery 360 currently hosts "Celebrity Type," an exhibit featuring the typewriters of notable 20th-century figures from the collection of Los Angeles business and civic leader Steve Soboroff. Photo by Brooks Canaday.

Gallery 360 cur­rently hosts “Celebrity Type,” an exhibit fea­turing the type­writers of notable 20th-​​century fig­ures from the col­lec­tion of Los Angeles busi­ness and civic leader Steve Sobo­roff. Photo by Brooks Canaday.

Stu­dents also play a major role in the gallery’s day-​​to-​​day oper­a­tion. Abby Daggett, a 2013 grad­uate, worked on co-​​op in the gallery last fall. Daggett, who earned a bach­elor of sci­ence in psy­chology major with minor in art his­tory, said the co-​​op was one of a few she found in the art industry that offered prac­tical expe­ri­ence. She now works at a gallery in Jamaica Plain part-​​time and said the expe­ri­ence she gained at Gallery 360 equipped with her the tools nec­es­sary to work in the art industry.

This was one of the only co-​​ops I could find where you had a role in the curating process and com­mu­ni­cated with artists,” Daggett said. “It is such a hands-​​on expe­ri­ence, which is rare to find as an undergraduate.”