Past Exhibits


24 hours in the Life of a Cuckoo Clock

May 28 through July 12th, 2015
Opening Reception and Lecture May 28th, 5–8 pm.

The clockwork and décor of the Swiss cuckoo clock has always been emblematic of Swiss know-how and meticulous attention to quality and detail. Originally, these small clocks evoked the delightful simplicity of an idealized agrarian life, set in the fresh mountain air. Does the iconic Swiss cuckoo clock serve only as folklore and tourist-bait? No! It is so much more. Students and faculty at HEAD Geneva have re-imagined the cuckoo clock in 24 iterations.


Department of Art + Design Annual Student Exhibit
Class of 2015
BFA Seniors
MFA Candidates in Information Design and Visualization

Art makes life meaningful. Design makes life possible. Together they make life wonderful.

Artists and designers experiment with form to realize original, provocative, evocative and innovative ideas. They bring novel ideas to life that replenish cultures, have social benefits and contribute to the global marketplace of ideas.

The life of an artist or designer is full of wonder, enriched with interesting work. We encourage, prepare, challenge and enable our students to create and enjoy their lives as artists and designers.

Our annual exhibition, curated by A + D faculty, presents work from our art, animation, graphic and information design, photography, and video arts programs and our studio art program at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts.

This year we are including work of graduate students in our new MFA Information Design and Visualization program.


Emerald Networks: Reviving the Legacy of City Parks
March 18th through April 27th 2015

Gallery talk and reception with Gina Ford March 24 at 5 pm.
Cities whose park systems were designed by historic visionaries are endowed with a legacy of generous, well-connected open spaces. However, the financial pressures facing today's cities and new thinking about park use can challenge these historic frameworks. Emerald Networks explores how cities are innovating within historic park visions to meet contemporary needs.

This exhibition is sponsored by Sasaki Associates in collaboration with the Northeastern Humanities Center, the Northeastern Center for the Arts, the College of Social Sciences and Humanities, the College of Arts, Media and Design, and Gallery 360.


Petrochemical America: Project Room
January 15th through March 15th, 2015

Photographs by Richard Misrach
Throughlines by Kate Orff/SCAPE

Petrochemical America represents a unique collaboration between photographer Richard Misrach and landscape architect Kate Orff. It brings into focus the industrialized landscape of the Mississippi River Corridor that stretches from Baton Rouge to New Orleans—a place that first garnered attention as “Cancer Alley” because of unusually high reports of cancer and other diseases in the area. The Project Room exhibition reveals traces of their collaborative process and features Misrach’s haunting photographs of the region and Orff’s Ecological Atlas, a series of visual narratives, or “throughlines.” The dialogue between photograph and drawing begins to unpack complex economic and ecological forces that have shaped this landscape, mapping cycles of extraction and transformation from the scale of the neighborhood, to the region, to the globe. Ultimately, this joint enterprise offers an expansion of both disciplines and a richly researched and concretely visualized study of the petrochemical industry and of American culture, which has become intricately intertwined with
its output.


Since its inception in the fall of 1978, the Children’s Center has strived to provide the Northeastern University community with high quality childcare.  With a professional staff of educated and experienced teachers and help from college student assistants, the children gain valuable social skills and develop their intellectual and physical abilities through engaging, hands-on projects and activities.  The center fosters children’s natural love of learning.
Exhibiting the children’s work in an annual art show is a long standing Children’s Center tradition.  The art show gives the NU community the opportunity to glimpse how children view themselves and their world.  Art is not only a topic that children truly enjoy; it is a valuable medium through which children express themselves.  Most importantly, the art show validates that the children’s hard work is to be respected and can be appreciated by an audience.


An exhibition of Visual Timelines, Texts & Canons by Heather Corcoran
August 16th through January 15th, 2015.

Data visualization for the public can be a tool for social change; it quantifies and displays information related to politics, health, education, etc. so that its audience is better informed and able to take some kind of action. Drawing on literary and cultural sources, this exhibition of printed work juxtaposes multiple aspects of data visualization for a reflective and visually dynamic result. Pieces fall into three, interrelated categories:
Timelines: the documentation of passing time, based on observation.
Canons: the visualization of documented literary canons, bibliographies, and indexes, alsoexpressing the passage of time.
Texts: the juxtapositon of literary texts


Forecasted: Eight artists explore the nature of climate change.
Curated by Resa Blatman.

showcases a variety of inspiring artwork by eight artists. Some of their work speaks directly to themes of climate change and global warming, while for others, it does not. However, all of the artists were invited to present their interpretation of the current global question: what does the future hold for our contemporary shifting landscape? —Resa Blatman


Figure & IllusionAugust 13th through September 28th. Gallery talk with Katherine French, Director
of the Danforth Museum and the collector Arthur S. Goldberg, September 17th from 6-8pm.Arthur Goldberg, CPS’65, has collected art for more than 30 years. At times, he wondered, “Does collecting act as a substitute for my own lack of artistic ability, or is it a license to enter the universal, infinite, and mysterious world of the artist?”

He has come to realize that, for him, collecting has been about being able to engage with the artist directly, to better understand the work and source of inspiration. This exhibition showcases three-dimensional work from Arthur’s collection—some figurative and some extending into illusion. The works are whimsical and provocative, yet universal in their appeal.


The Watt d’Or award from Switzerland recognizes the best energy projects and innovations that provide a true benefit for society. Since 2007, the Swiss Federal Office of Energy has been honoring outstanding accomplishments and projects by bestowing them with the Watt d’Or ( During the last 8 years, nearly 50 Swiss projects have been recognized with the award, and 25 of these pioneering works will be showcased, for the first time, in a traveling exhibition premiering in Boston and continuing through the US, Switzerland and additional countries.

The purpose of the exhibition is to showcase the individual Watt D’Or award-winning projects, as a means by which to create a dialogue and establish collaborations with key players in academia, and the public and private sector. The hope is that the projects will spark future interactions and forge new bonds.


Patrick Hughes, Reverspective

Patrick Hughes made his first three dimensional relief painting in 1964—his intention to do the opposite of what was done. Thirty-five years later, he is still doing so.

Hughes's painted reliefs constantly baffle his audience, demonstrating how deceptive appearance can be. As we walk towards the seemingly flat paintings they loom out at us wcreating a disorientating, ‘moving’ experience. The preconceived assumptions of eye and brain are challenged, inevitably raising important questions about our perception and the subconscious.

His witty illusions are not meant to confuse us (although they do), but aim to clarify our relation to reality, instead of describing paradox, we now can experience it interactively; for his work is more to do with us, the way we think and the way we perceive.

Senior Show

2014 Senior Exhibition

The work of artists and designers informs and forms cultures, benefits society and empowers the global marketplace of ideas. Students of art and design are encouraged and enabled to prepare for a rich and rewarding life making a significant difference in the lives of others. As digital technologies transform and expand artistic practice, production, and dissemination, the ability to understand and use visual language becomes central to human expression and communication. Curated by a cross section of A + D faculty, this annual exhibition features art, animation, graphic design, photography, studio art, and video art work by our students


Bill Graham Presents
Bill Graham was at the forefront of innovative rock and roll marketing. After escaping Holocaust Germany as a child and growing up in a foster home in the Bronx, he moved to San Francisco and began organizing and promoting concerts. A fan of small, intimate concert venues, Graham helped make the Fillmore, a room with a personal vibe, famous. This feeling is reflected in the posters he commissioned and used to line the narrow walls of the club. His dislike for large concert venues and festivals, which he blamed Woodstock for popularizing, shaped his vision on how a concert should be presented. The Fillmore and his legacy reflect that to this day.


Learning by Design
Architect and collector Norman Brosterman first became interested in the history of kindergarten while assembling the world’s finest collection of antique building block and construction toys, later acquired by the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal.

Discovering that the famed Froebel Blocks—well-known to all students of Frank Lloyd Wright—were merely part of a much larger system of elegant, nature-based, pedagogical toys, Brosterman embarked on years of research into the history of this lost world, culminating in the publication in 1997 of his award-winning book, Inventing Kindergarten.


Botond Reszegh

Since the beginning of time we've been living with our eyes pointed at the horizon. The purpose inside the horizon, the 'earthly' ideal has not been enough for us for a long time now. Our aspirations and goals lie beyond the horizon. If it weren't for this direction in the distance, there wasn't any support for our aspirations and our human existence would loose its meaning, its motives. One of the most vital elements of our self-identity is the longing for otherness and one of its emblems is the horizon. Expanding this horizon and constant cognition is our goal. This eternal fact , being as old as humanity itself, is nowhere as obvious as here in Europe. Our main drive has always been  the wish for adventure, the temptation of the strange making us leave even our emotional  bondings and homelands to the promise of learning something new. Nomen est omen – the name-giver of our continent, Europa means 'big-eyed'. Her faith was referred to by the Greek as apodemic (longing for traveling), for this is the drive of every traveler who leave their homes. Therefore apodemy has always been part of Europe. Here, in Eastern Europe where the right of free movement of the individuals was forbidden for decades, apodemy has become an obsession.

Our faith in the unknown inclined us, Eastern-Europeans to search for our dreams at the hallucination-generating line of our horizon. I lived under the spell of 'away' for a long time as well, for the question of freedom has been in my interest since my awakening. My own freedom and thus the freedom of the individual has been interesting me the most. My main source was Daedalus – father of Icarus – and Greek mythology in general. When I started to paint my Nightfall cycle in 2011, Daedalus was my starting point, I wanted to paint his story in particular. I found a story however in the meantime, a contemporary Eastern-European (Russian) story, the official version of which I already knew. After learning the unofficial version of the story through some writers, I got slightly distracted from my original concept. My attention was directed to the now and I also realized that freedom isn't only to be found in the unattainable distance. We can find it here as well but we tend not to notice it because of the enchantment of its constant search in the distance. I try to depict an existing story of today. A story of a man, a political prison, the background of which there are thousands of similar but unknown other stories, tragedies. I try to depict man loosing his freedom then finding it again inside the walls of his prison.



50 Years Forward:
Portraits of Civil Rights
Nearly fifty years ago, the world watched as the United States passed the historic Civil Rights Act. Martin Luther King, Jr. led the movement, but it was fueled by the passion of Americans who stood together in protest. Many members of the Northeastern family and our surrounding neighborhoods played key roles during this turbulent time.

As we mark this milestone, we also celebrate the 45th anniversary of the John D. O’Bryant African-American Institute and the 40th anniversary of the Department of African American Studies.
To honor these milestones, we present 50 Years Forward, an exhibit featuring photography from Northeastern’s own archives and from Freedom House, an organization with a historic legacy of success in the Civil Rights movement.


Since its inception in the fall of 1978, the Children’s Center has strived to provide the Northeastern University community with high quality child care.  With a professional staff of educated and experienced teachers and help from college student assistants, the children gain valuable social skills and develop their intellectual and physical abilities through engaging, hands-on projects and activities.  The center fosters children’s natural love of learning. 

Exhibiting the children’s work in an annual art show is a long standing Children’s Center tradition.  The art show gives the NU community the opportunity to glimpse how children view themselves and their world.  Art is not only a topic that children truly enjoy; it is a valuable medium through which children express themselves.  Most importantly, the art show validates that the children’s hard work is to be respected and can be appreciated by an audience.


Sister cities: Tokyo, New York, Kyoto, Boston
Observations by Mitch Weiss
November 2 through December 4, Opening reception November 14, 4-6pm.

Sister Cities is Mitch Weiss’ photographic comparative study of Boston + Kyoto and New York City + Tokyo. Intentional composition, capturing often fleeting moments, has served to create candid images of these four cities that, standing alone, provide authentic perspectives of the humorous and occasionally ironic. Viewed alongside one another in their respective pairings, these photographs show that cities separated by eleven time zones share surprising similarities. From the universality
of human bonding to the ways that people get around town, we have more in common than meets the eye at first glance.


Derek Boshier: A Survey of Work
September 28 through October 30,
Opening reception September 30, 4-6pm.
Presented by: Gallery 360 and Art+Design



Celebrity Type
August 22–September 25
Reception: September 5, 4–6:30 p.m.

In an era of iPads and iPhones, the typewriter has become an object of rarified desire. Collector Steve Soboroff leads the charge in embracing this bygone technology.

“I love people who are the best at what they do,” Soboroff says. “The idea that geniuses sat there and accomplished what they accomplished on these typewriters… it gives me the chills.”

Now, for the first time in a formal exhibit—and in a much-anticipated East Coast debut—14 of Soboroff’s prized typewriters make their mark at Northeastern.

Whether an admirer of Joe DiMaggio, John Lennon, or Ernest Hemingway, you can now see and touch the very machines that helped script communications—from the everyday to the unforgettable—for these and other legends prior to the digital revolution.

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Graphic Intervention:

25 Years of International Aids Awareness Posters 1985–2010

The rampant spread of the HIV/AIDS virus over the past 29 years has created the most significant global public health crisis in modern history. Because of the complexity and despite the scale of the epidemic, there are still a lack of worldwide strategies to lead AIDS education. Education initiatives
in many countries are still shouldered to a great extent by government agencies and grassroots organizations led by community activists who are often motivated local citizens.

The poster has played a special role in promoting AIDS awareness and safe sex education across cultures. Different aims, messages, visual metaphors, and strategies have strongly influenced the content and design of AIDS posters. In many countries, the poster as a communicative tool was uncommon before the emergence and identification of the HIV virus. With a disease involving sexuality and sexual behavior, and therefore social and moral issues deeply rooted in culture and tradition, messages to raise awareness and encourage preventative behavior have varied significantly to best serve the intended audience. This information can successfully reach specific targeted groups in part because the poster is inexpensive and easy to produce locally.

Regardless of cultural differences, AIDS posters can be meaningful to viewers because they frequently draw on images from popular culture and express the living habits of people. This selection of posters, from the collections of Jim Lapides and MassArt, presents an insightful
overview of diverse visual strategies employed by many different countries in response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Curated by:
Elizabeth Resnick, Professor and Chair of Graphic Design at MassArt and Javier Cortés, Partner and Creative Director at Korn Design




Swiss Style Reboot
June 1 through July 17

Opening reception June 4, 6-9 p.m.

In the era of big data and social networks, the issue of clarity and functionality is even more important, now that infographics and data visualization are undergoing a meteoric expansion.
Swiss Style Reboot emphasizes the lasting importance behind a comprehensive presentation with
a juxtaposition of works from different eras and genres. Relying on principles that have made
Swiss style respected around the world, this collection features designers who seek to create visuals that are intelligent and pleasing to the eye. From each individual piece to the exhibit as a whole,
the impression of beauty reaches its peak at the moment of comprehension. Swiss Style Reboot: New Perspectives for Information Design is curated by SwissInfographics and sponsored by swissnex Boston and Presence Switzerland.


student 2013

College of Art, Media, and Design Senior Show 2013
April 20- May 28
Reception April 22, 4-6pm

Greatest Hits

As the culmination of their experience here at Northeastern, this annual show is made up of work by students from the College of Art Media and Design. Regardless of medium, the work is evolved and representative of the various disciplines.

The college provides an arena for innovation, scholarship, real-world exploration and interdisciplinary collaboration in communications and the arts. As a juried show, the works selected are the best of the best, and Gallery 360 is pleased to provide a venue for this year’s senior show, appropriately named “Greatest Hits.”




As we continue to enhance the creative experience at Northeastern, we look to our faculty to help shape that vision, and influence our students and community through the arts.

The three artists represented in Faculty Focus guide us through landscapes that reveal the relationship between nature and technology. Mountains, canyons, and the human body are simultaneously ravaged and made beautiful by the effects of both forces.

In Sophia Ainslie’s pieces, the body’s inner workings are captured through X-Ray, paired with images of the natural landscape, and then re-worked using the computer as a cutting and collage tool. Using 3D computer modeling, Ed Andrews captures the power and complexity of natural forms found in Bryce Canyon in Utah through sculptures made of fabricated steel. Through technical variations with paint, Mira Cantor produces metaphors that address both natures majesty and its demise.




“I begin my pictures under the effect of a shock which I feel and which makes me escape from reality... I need a point of departure, even if it's only a speck of dust or a flash of light.” (Joan Miro)

The development of my visual language of shapes and marks is inspired from, and the result of, combining a single X-ray with territorial mapping and sketches of places I’ve experienced in my immediate environment. In a mode of recycling through my content, I utilize the computer as a cutting tool to dissect, edit and collage fragments that are reconstituted and mapped through light projection. Brushed India ink marks are juxtaposed with white space and flat, painted color, creating a certain disturbance. Each entity learns to coexist while maintaining its own identity. My intent is to create confusion as to whether the work is hand made or printed—that things are not quite what
they seem.

I’m interested in forming a collage-like space that reflects the relationship between the body and landscape as interconnected and parallel experiences. Drawing becomes a tool where observation and imagination intersect, resulting in a relationship of connections and disconnections between inside and outside; mark making against flat color, absence and presence.

This work is a creation and disruption of formal elements that investigates and celebrates painting and drawing.




This body of work is partly inspired by a recent journey to the majestic natural amphitheaters of Bryce Canyon in Utah. I hiked down between the orange and pink rows of tall totemic geologic structures called Hoodoos and saw ancient Bristlecone Pines wedged into the crevices that circle the rim of the canyon. These gnarled trees with their seductive twisting and spiraling trunks are among the oldest living organisms on the planet. Witnessing the surreal power and vivid beauty of the canyon was dreamlike. I intend to synthesize these memories into totemic forms of fabricated steel that I call the Hoodoo Series.

I am also inspired by establishing a new work methodology for myself. Proficiency in 3D computer modeling has allowed me to plan and visualize past designs for more than a decade. New computer controlled tools now allow me to go beyond visualization of the form to creating patterns and precisely cutting the materials myself. A far more advanced level of complexity of form is now possible. The Hoodoo series is the first work utilizing these new tools and includes a formal evolution beginning with the three stacked and twisted constructions to an investigation into gridded egg-crate construction.

The Hoodoo series is about contrasts. It’s about the play of inside and outside/stillness and movement/solidity and transparency/attraction and repulsion. In the past, I have not created objects and I have not worked in series. But this is a new series of four steel objects. In perpetually striving to learn and grow, I reinvent myself again—like most artists. My intentions are multileveled and the work eventually intersects and has connections with past work, while continuing to explore new ideas, tools and processes.




My interest in nature goes back to my show Rhyme and Reason in 1999 when I was focused on the relationship between the sand and the sea, and the line inbetween, which shifted and changed with every wave. Then I began looking at nature more closely as a section, slicing through it vertically like an architectural elevation min my show Silver Lake in 2005, when again nature challenged my senses as a topology of marks that man made on its surface. The white paintings series in 2008 looked at the interference of man’s marks in snow. And in 2010 after a residency in Banff, my perspective of mountain landscapes left me with a sense of claustrophobia and disorientation.

White Out freezes a moment of an encounter of the viewer with the landscape into a fusion of perceiver and perceived in an attempt at stopping time. We want to hold onto the power of the sunset on the mountainside but we also must let go of it, as it is fleeting. In this way, we can face death. My work continues to deal with the boundaries of the landscape and how these juxtapositions of mountain forms, the light, and air are shifting. The mountains are both monuments to life and references to tombstones. This dichotomy shapes my work and clarifies my relationship with nature and origin.

In the light of the recent hurricane and many global catastrophic weather occurrences, I am particularly aware of global warming and the melting of our glaciers. White Out is an attempt to dwell in the beauty of our natural resources and at the same time, become palpably aware of their demise.



Black by Popular Demand
Generational Prespectives from Six Boston Artists
February 5- March 6

The exhibit features representational and figurative, geometric and lyrical abstract work of local artists working in photography, mixed media, and painting. Our diverse artistic styles and images defy cultural assumptions about black art being only representational and figurative. In fact, artists who happen to be black, produce work that is widely varied in its content and style. The Black by Popular Demand exhibit blends the work of three generations, both genders, and multiple styles of art. The artists are considered emerging and emerged. They are formally trained and self-taught.

Artists include:
Percy Davis, muralist, painter
Laura Palmer Edwards, mixed media
Rufus Faulk, painter

Ekua Holmes, mixed media, collage
Derek Lumpkins, photographer
Destiny Palmer, painter

We, the artists, are affiliated with Discover Roxbury, a community organization that enhances social, cultural and economic development in Roxbury through special events.

The Russell J. Call Children's Center Northeastern University Art Show 2012 "Shapes!"

Since its inception in the fall of 1978, the Children’s Center has strived to provide the Northeastern University community with high quality child care. With a professional staff of educated and experienced teachers and help from college student assistants, the children gain valuable social skills and develop their intellectual and physical abilities through engaging, hands-on projects and activities. The center fosters children’s natural love of learning.

Student show

Exhibiting the children’s work in an annual art show is a long standing Children’s Center tradition. The art show gives the NU community the opportunity to glimpse how children view themselves and their world. Art is not only a topic that children truly enjoy; it is a valuable medium through which children express themselves. Most importantly, the art show validates that the children’s hard work is to be respected and can be appreciated by an audience.


Landscape Remade

October 30 - December 5

The work of Resa Blatman and Kim Salerno share striking similarities. Both artists have worked extensively in design and computer aided image production. Both studied painting and are interested in the material and fluid quality of painterly images.They also share a concern for the environment.There is a sense of nature’s fragile equilibrium and vulnerability in these two bodies of work. Landscape imagery is isolated from its natural setting, re-imagined and reconfigured. Plants and animals are removed from their context. Salerno’s graphic, colorful, layered environments compliment Blatman's surrealistic settings. For both, nature verges on extreme artifice. These landscapes are oddly mechanical. Flora and fauna seem to suffer from too much growth hormone.The viability of the seed is put into question.


Student showA  Collector’s FollyWorks from the Arthur Goldberg Collection
August 23 - Sept 25

For many years Arthur Goldberg, MEd ’65, questioned his passion for the collection of art asking, “Does collecting act as a substitute for my own lack of artistic ability or is it a license to enter the universal, infinite, and mysterious world of the artist?”

His collection ranges from somewhat random forays, to art deco and three-dimensional art, to photorealism and the realist school. Goldberg has sharpened his focus to concentrate on paintings created by artists from specific art schools—the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Rhode Island School of Design, and the Art Institute of Chicago, among others—and acquiring the works of both teachers and their students.

Ultimately, he has been motivated by the conviction that art is best served if it can teach. “I decided that if I give to schools, the work I’ve collected will have educational value, with more opportunities to be seen” by those who will learn from it.


Student showC.A. Stigliano
Twenty Seven Figures and a Warthog
August 23 - Sept 25
Rather than a narrative, these pieces represent states of mind; moments of realization or understanding that have shaped my conception of the world. I think of them as static, a gesture or relationship frozen at a defining moment.

There are several pieces that either include warthogs or refer to them. I’d like to think that everyone has an inner warthog; some part of their nature that might be primitive, animalistic or difficult to accept.

Taken together, (including those not yet completed) these works comprise a kind of self portrait, or at least some reflection of what goes on in my brain; the various ways in which the accumulated debris reshapes and realigns itself in response to new stimuli and occasional moments of comprehension.


Student showSeaships Airships Spaceships
Martin Ullman
July 14-August 20
My art evokes images of my life and time.
These sculptures are created using artifacts accumulated over many years, which were found in discarded piles of junk – the refuse of 19th and 20th century technology.  These items are incorporated into my allowing viewers another perspective, and the objects another life.
The art is always figurative in image, sometimes whimsical, depicting humor where there was none, sometimes social commentary, or brutal in portraying horrific events that occurred in the world.
The art becomes a vehicle to encapsulate a slice of history and give it a second form.


"Student showMysticism: Mundanity" by Brian Bresnahan
June 4-August 16
The subject matter of Bresnahan's work resides not within the details of the photographic print -details oft ignored, taken for granted, or perhaps never seen - but within one's own vision and interpretation of what those details represent. Every subject, no matter how seemingly ordinary, embodies a unique and unexpected potential. But, in order for us to realize that potential, we are responsible for taking an intimate look and for engaging our imagination.


"Student showNo Boundaries" by Scott Bakal
June 7-July 12
This exhibition of Scott Bakal's work contains a selection his most awarded commercial pieces and his current personal ongoing gallery/narrative projects. Whether making art for an editorial, work of fiction or personal narrative, Scott's imagery is always pulled from a very intimate point of view, often to comment on things socially and politically charged. It is this unique visual viewpoint that allows Scott¹s work to break beyond the confines of any single idea and blur the boundaries between illustration and fine art.

Scott's most recent personal work utilizes alien characters as a voice through which he makes visual statements about contemporary culture. He first created his alien character during the 2008 Presidential elections in his sketchbooks and used him to make visual sly jokes about events during the year. Since then, the character has grown into a familiar visual tool to confront complex subject matter. The current theme in the show revolves around environmental issues.


Student showMFA thesis exhibition by Jamal Thorne
April 19-June 3

Since the Fall of 2010 my work has addressed Judith Butler’s theories regarding performed identity and how they relate to popular culture, new media, and cultural symbolism. The consistent appearance of collage and image layering within the work is meant to be a reflection of how individuals consume and process material from our environment. Some of these things make a permanent impression on our identities, while others lose relevance and are torn away leaving marks as relics of the past.
With Frontin(g), I have visualized the things we internalize from society, the media, cultural tradition, and authentic experience as a mask, or a front, that is in constant flux.  I have personally experienced the mask’s instability as my behavioral patterns are constantly shifting between those of an inner city African-American and a middle-class suburban African-American, depending on whom I am interacting with. For nearly a decade I performed this oscillation between behaviors before comprehending the implications of my actions.
Constant movement between performed identities prompts the inevitable question of “Which identity is authentic?” In my opinion, we are all of the identities we perform and we are things that we internalize. Even if it is only temporary, we become the masks that we wear. Once we have consumed material from our environment visually and intellectually, our identities are influenced and a new mask is generated. Whether the elements consumed and the performed identities are permanent or temporary is only relevant in that they further embody the fluctuating nature of the masks we wear. For me, Frontin(g) acts as an outlet for pending questions about why these masks exist. Who do we change them for and what happens when we are stripped of them completely?



Art and Student Design ShowStudent show
March 30 - April 16,  2012

This annual exhibition showcases student work from the past academic year, in the fields of design (graphic and web-based), art, animation, videography and photography. It represents the many ways our students engage with their future professions and the world at large.




Gallery 360
Faculty ShowFaculty Show
January 9 - March 26, 2012



This exhibition features recent work by full and part time faculty in the Department of Art + Design. As the interests and areas of focus vary among our faculty, so too does the work in the exhibition. It represents a cross section of the types of media and the various ways of working pursued by our faculty and taught to our students.



Art Show 2011 - "Color!"wood
The Russell J. Children's Center
Main Gallery
December 7-18



Since its inception in the fall of 1978, the Children’s Center has strived to provide the Northeastern University community with high quality child care. With a professional staff of educated and experienced teachers and help from college student assistants, the children gain valuable social skills and develop their intellectual and physical abilities through engaging, hands-on projects and activities. The Center fosters children’s natural love of learning.

Exhibiting the children’s work in an annual art show is a long standing Children’s Center tradition. The art show gives the NU community the opportunity to glimpse how children view themselves and their world. Art is crucial element in children’s development. It allows children to express their emotions and demonstrate their knowledge. Most importantly, the art show validates that the children’s hard work is to be respected and can be appreciated by an audience.






Neal Rantoul: 30 yearswood
Oct 20 - Dec. 5

Gallery talk on November 3rd at 12pm in Gallery 360



This exhibition shows some of the work made by Northeastern photography professor Neal Rantoul over the past thirty years while teaching at Northeastern. He is retiring this coming January, but will continue to photograph.

“As a career artist and teacher for over 40 years it gives me great pleasure to be able to show this work at my vocational home, Northeastern. Making pictures and teaching have been my prevailing concerns my whole adult life. I am proud of both and honored that I am able to give you at least a glimpse of what I have made.”



Twoodhe Witness Project
by Robin Masi and Ken Field
Aug. 22-Sept. 12



The Witness Project is a site-specific installation that portrays the spiritual aftermath of Ground Zero, NYC through the physicality of the site's perimeter. The large-scale charcoal drawings represent the remaining architecture of the buildings that surrounded the site where the twin towers fell.  Original music and interviews with neighbors, rescue workers and a priest bring the auditory experience of New Yorkers who lived through the events. The recycled garments represent, in a small way, those who were lost or performed respite for the rescue workers. The final component, Transfiguration, is an interactive piece where one can offer a prayer or remembrance for those who were lost. All of the elements are in place to help the viewers process and reflect upon some of the larger questions that are central to the events of 9/11/2001 and today.




woodColor In Freedom: Journey Along the Underground Railroad
By Joseph Holston
June 16th to August 18th


Holston captures the spiritual and emotional essence of a journey which is an essential part of his own history. During this very personal undertaking, he could almost feel the slaves’ dread of capture, degradation of enslavement, terror of escape and exhilaration of freedom. His strong sense of connection to this subject deepened his commitment to honor their lives and stories.

In every canvas, light or the contrast between light and dark represents hope. As Holston worked his way through the movements toward freedom, his color palette and mood evolved from drab to bright. Eventually, Holston was able to express freedom with more generous splashes of vibrant joyous colors.

To Holston, Color in Freedom is like a great jazz or symphonic score. Music is integral to his art, and the two mediums intertwine so completely that he sees, hears and feels them simultaneously. Each influences the other, helping to define what unfolds on the canvas.




woodAmerican Patterns
By Andrew Woodward
May 14th to June 12th
Reception May 17th from 6-8pm


Andrew Woodward’s exhibition, “American Patterns”, features America though local fauna and through the eyes of the artist.  Centered on his landmark series, “Fifty State Animals,” the exhibition also includes works of regional nature and architectural intrigue.

In, “Fifty State Animals,” official state animal symbols unite upon fifty vibrant patterned backgrounds. Together, they create a harmony of icons celebrating American history and culture.   Woodward’s nature works and architectural investigations are inspired from his daily surroundings. The subjects are painted upon vibrant patterns and his lens for inspiration is unlimited.

Originally from Denver, CO, the artist graduated from Kenyon College in 1998. He has lived and worked in Boston, MA since 1999. His works have been displayed in solo and group exhibitions across the country and are in numerous private and public collections nationally and internationally.


student exhibit2011 Art + Design Student Exhibition
April 16th to May 9th

The visual arts are central to human expression and communication.  As digital technologies transform and expand artistic practice, production, and dissemination, the ability to understand and use visual language becomes an ever more essential part of our daily life.

The art on display in this annual exhibit, curated by the members of the faculty, features the best student work in the Department of Art + Design and represents work of students in the Art, Graphic Design, and Digital Art majors.




subWhat is contained:
The Book as Subject and Object

Deborah Davidson    Laura Davidson   Jesseca Ferguson
Peter Madden   Amanda Nelsen   Rosamond Purcell

There is something profound about the object of a book, which has remained unchanged for centuries.  The book as a container of ideas, narrative, images, and text is ever compelling for artists, designers, writers, and for those who critique and understand culture.  The significance of the book is emphasized in light of our rapidly changing media technology.

As subject, object or both, the book is what unifies the six artists in this exhibit.  It is still an essential part of what they value as a society, contributing to the ongoing conversation and concern about the fate of the book and of reading, itself.

This exhibition is presented by the Northeastern University Humanities Center’s Artists and Practitioners in Residence Program and Gallery 360. Deborah Davidson is an Artist in Residence with the Humanities Center’s APRP Program from March 15th – 17th, 2011.  

berryRick Berry — Seeing in the Dark

Massachusetts based artist, Rick Berry, is internationally recognized for his unique and powerful “expressionist figurative” works.  Executed without models, photography or preliminary drawing, his process is one of discovery in the medium. Berry’s paintings blend mythic and visionary themes with a strong social vision. The human body is the lyrical evocation of anything from emotional narratives to evolutionary conjectures.
Self taught, Berry began his career in comics as a teen. He has produced hundreds of covers for books, comics and worked in film before transitioning to creating gallery art. His work is exhibited nationally and in Europe, and can also be found in private collections throughout the world.


sub"The Russell J. Call Children's Center at Northeastern University Art Show 2010 - "Art and Music"

Since its inception in the fall of 1978, the Children’s Center has strived to provide Northeastern University and its community with high quality child care. With a professional staff of educated and experienced teachers and help from college student assistants, the children gain valuable social skills and develop their intellectual and physical abilities through engaging, hands-on projects and activities. The Center fosters children’s natural love of learning. Art and music aren’t only activities that children enjoy; they are also valuable mediums through which children express themselves. Exhibiting the children’s work in an annual art show is a long standing Children’s Center tradition. Most importantly, this art show demonstrates that a child’s hard work is to be respected and can be appreciated by an audience. The art show gives the NU community the opportunity to glimpse at how children view themselves and their world.


Marino"Roger Marino"

A self-taught artist, Roger Marino has painted as an avocation for the past few years. Rarely employing canvas, he creates his richly colored art on household objects, such as stools, ottomans, and cigar boxes. Marino renders his bright abstracts and strong geometric patterns in acrylic paints finished with an epoxy coat, and describes his process as intuitive.Careful viewers will note a reference to his alma mater in his favorite piece, The Ascent of the Husky, which in-cludes paw prints similar to those of Northeastern’s mascot. Marino founded information-storage giant EMC. It’s fitting that someone so successful in high technology would be drawn to abstract art, which origi-nated in part as a response to rapid advances in technology and science.


Joy of Joyblins"Joy of Joyblins"
October 12 –November 8, 2010

The themes and style of Liang’s creative work started to take shape during his high school years. Liang’s friends found them to be quite fantastic, even bizarre. Little did they know that his creatures were drawn from his dreams where they moved freely in space, full of joy, their forms changing at will. Since then, Liang has continued to believe in this magical world and has drawn much of his artistic inspiration from it. More recently, some people have found evil monsters in his drawings and concluded that his artwork should be read as a satiric commentary on the dark side of contemporary Chinese society. Liang makes no such claims, preferring to see his artistic creatures as “Joyblins” who live in a harmonious magical world of eternal joy that he has named “The Abode of Ultimate Happiness.”


motherDouble Vision: David Tonnesen and Josh Wisdumb – A Collaboration
August 27 –October 6, 2010

Although elements of each artist’s styles is mirrored in the pieces, their process for creating the works is not “previsioned,” said Tonnesen. The two discuss what they generally want to do and let the process take over; occasionally Wisdumb starts with a painting and hands it off to Tonnesen or Tonnesen folds a sheet of copper for Wisdumb to react to and transform.




ShadesShades of greatness
May 17 – July 23, 2010

Major League Baseball Hall of Famers like Joe Morgan, Willie Mays and Reggie Jackson might not have plaques in Cooperstown were it not for their baseball ancestors who played in the Negro Leagues between 1920 and 1960.
Now, members of the Northeastern and greater Boston communities have a chance to discover Negro League stars such as Satchel Paige, Buck O’Neil and James “Cool Papa” Bell, and celebrate Negro League baseball’s place in American history.

The exhibition — Shades of Greatness: The Art of Negro League Baseball — includes 35 paintings, photographs, etchings, three-dimensional installations and signs created by local and national artists.

dorothyMarking Time
April 20 –May 11, 2010

Painter, photographer, and printmaker Dorothy Braudy explores both the freezing of a moment via photography and the deep meditation on that moment allowed by painting. "Marking Time" features boldly colored paintings, based on black-and-white family snapshots, that present a vibrant visual memoir both historical and reimagined.




Cartooning for Peace / Dessins pour la Paix
April 12 - April 20

The 86 editorial cartoons that make up this exhibit were drawn by members of the international organization, Cartooning for Peace. The organization grew out of a United Nation symposium, "Unlearning Intolerance," held in October 2006 in reaction to the violent outcry over cartoon depictions of the prophet Muhammad published in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten.

The symposium’s goal to promote mutual understanding and respect among people of different faiths and cultures, using the editorial cartoon as a universal language, became the goal of Cartooning for Peace. The Cartooning for Peace Foundation was officially established in Paris in May 2008.



student2010 Art + Design Student Exhibition
March 25-April 8, 2010
The visual arts are central to human expression and communication. As digital technologies transform and expand artistic practice, production, and dissemination, the ability to understand and use visual language becomes an ever more essential part of our daily life.

This annual exhibit features some of the best student work from all levels within the Department of Art + Design. The pieces here range from foundation work in Studio Arts to projects from the Graphic Design and Digital Art programs.




issiWelcome to Our World: International Art, Artifacts, and Photo Exhibit
February 22 - March 20, 2010
This annual ISSI Carnevale exhibit features art, artifacts, calligraphy, and photographs that reflect the home countries of our international student community. Student leaders join others to provide a glimpse into the multifaceted dimensions of their own personal collection of treasures.

January 25 - February 15, 2010
The Annual Faculty Exhibition recognizes the artistic and academic excellence of Northeastern University’s celebrated Art + Design faculty. Exhibited work will include painting, photography, print, graphic design, installation, sculpture, and video.

Artworks by two artists from African American Master Artists in Residence Program (AAMARP), Kofi Kayiga and Khalid Kodi
January 7 - January 18, 2010
The African American Master Artists in Residence Program (AAMARP) is a center of excellence in multicultural visual and performing arts dedicated to creating an enriching cultural environment for a diverse community through exhibitions, concerts, performances, lectures and workshops. Founded in 1977 by Dana Chandler, AAMARP today provides studio spaces for artists whose works has made an invaluable contribution to Northeastern University and to the vitality of the African American art scene in Boston and throughout the nation.  It remains a prominent center for discussion of the African Diaspora’s cultural growth and development.  AAMARP is an adjunct of the Department of African American Studies at Northeastern University.

children's artALL ABOUT US
The Russell J. Call Children's Center
Northeastern University 

December 11, 2009 - January 4, 2010
Since its inception in the fall of 1978, the Children’s Center has strived to provide the Northeastern University community with high quality child care. This year’s exhibit continues a long standing tradition of exhibiting the children’s artwork that allows the rest of the Northeastern community to glimpse into the children’s world. Realizing that preschool age children’s thinking is egocentric, the focus of this year’s art show is “All about Us”. To explore this concept, the classes talked about their bodies, feelings, families and homes. The art projects seen here were used as a way to teach children to work together, develop imagination, and increase their literacy skills. Pieces exhibited in this show use many mediums through which children can express themselves. Most importantly, the exhibit validates that children’s art is to be respected and can be appreciated by an audience.

arthur_goldbergIs Everything Black and White?
Selected works from the Arthur Goldberg Collection

October 14 - December 4, 2009
Superrealism, with a Twist

Many of the works in “Is Everything Black and White?” are from the school of Superrealism, in which the artist seeks to create a work with the appearance and impact of a photograph.

Arthur Goldberg found himself drawn to the Superrealists because their aesthetic reflected an element of artistic skill that he valued highly from his earliest years as a collector:  the ability of the artist to make an object come to life by drawing. Some of the works here are drawn so finely and with such mastery, says Goldberg, that the viewer needs a magnifying glass to truly appreciate the artist’s precision.

But Goldberg also appreciates the unexpected element, so he frequently chooses Superrealist works with a touch of surrealism. “All that you see,” he says, “is not all that you get.”

Tim MurdochInstallations by Tim Murdoch
August 21–October 8, 2009
Touch, Tim Murdoch’s first interactive installation, includes many motorized wooden fingers that tap on glass. The motion and sound capture the audience’s attention and draw them into the artwork. Who’s That is a piece that engages the audience directly. It is composed of a series of mirrors mounted to springs and attached to the wall. At the back of each is a vibrating motor connected to a proximity sensor. When a person walks near the mirrors shake, blurring the images reflected. Tubes unlike the other two installations, is still and directs the viewer through its placement in the space. It consists of modular wooden tubes that are cut and twisted to fit the particularities of the location where it is displayed. The history of the previous site is carried forward to the next site keeping the sculpture in a continuous state of change. Tubes was altered to fit the unique qualities of Gallery 360's space.

Runners at the CornersIan_Kennelly
July 14–August 12, 2009
In this exhibit, Boston resident and artist Ian Kennelly shows a love of baseball through drawings and gouache paintings. Although Kennelly has been a Red Sox fan since he moved here more than 19 years ago, expressing his affection for the sport on canvas proved difficult when he initially started working on the series.
Many people, especially in Boston, have a special fondness toward baseball that Kennelly wanted to express in this series. Although Kennelly has completed this series, he said he continues to look for the essence of the baseball experience and there is no finality to it.
Right: Armchair Bat & Ball, Ian Kennelly. Photograph by Brian Bresnahan

Jessica Scranton’s SudanJessica Scranton Photo
June 4–July 9, 2009
International photographer Jessica Scranton shoots for magazines,  designers,  public health and non-governmental organizations. This exhibit features photographs she took in Sudan focused on the children at Akon School of Girls, a school established with the help of My Sister’s Keeper, a non-profit organization in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Scranton's photographs invite us into the real lives of Sudanese girls. Sudanese children face severe obstacles just to attend school, however, they are also like any other  children who know how to laugh and have fun. Through her photographs, Scranton shares  “ positive and human light on people living in Sudan.”

Andrew NeumannAndrew Neumann
In conjunction with the  Boston Cyberarts Festival
April 10-May 29, 2009
Andrew Neumann is a Boston-based artist who works in a variety of media, including sculpture, electronic/interactive music, and film and video installation. In 2004 he received a Guggenheim Fellowship. He has had solo shows at bitforms Gallery in New York City, the DeCordova Museum, Howard Yezerski Gallery, and the Boston Cyberarts Festivals in 2003 and 2005.

Student artArt + Design Student Exhibit
April 1-5, 2009
The Northeastern University Department of Art + Design displays a collection of artwork by students enrolled in the department's program. This exhibit features students works in different artistic genres and media. The exhibit opens with a gallery reception on April 1 and is followed by the Faux Arts Ball.

ArtifactsWelcome to Our World: International Art, Artifacts, and Photographs
March 16-March 28, 2009
Northeastern University’s International Student & Scholar Institute celebrates ISSI Carnevale with an eclectic, artistic showcase of masks, wood carvings, ceramics, gems, textiles, and a special photograph exhibit from Beijing. Collected from the countries of Northeastern's international student community, the personal treasures reflect history, heritage, and home.

Kala India! Indian Art Past and PresentIndian art
February 18-28, 2009
Northeastern's International Student & Scholar Institute and the Indian graduate student group Sanskriti jointly present an exhibit of India art: textiles, crafts, silk prints, sculture, and more-a colorful interweaving of cultural, historical, spiritual, and philosophical elements.

Against the Wall

 Faculty ExhibitJanuary 23-February 17, 2009
Northeastern University faculty from the Art + Design Department display their artistic creations in Gallery 360, as part of the Against the Wall exhibit. Their works include a diverse collection of paintings, photography, sculpture, and mixed media.

LegacyLegacy Mixed Media Exhibit
January 12-19, 2009
The African-American Master Artists in Residence at Northeastern are 13 visual artists who work in different media, have widely differing styles, and come to their art from different backgrounds. But all are storytellers who seek to relate  part of the ever-evolving narrative, that of the African diaspora. From Ralph Beach’s watercolors of the Lost Boys of Sudan and Gloretta Baynes’s digital collage depicting a 19th century writing system in Cameroon, to the oils by Keith Washington of American landscapes that contain a tragic, sinister history, and L’Merchie Frazier’s documentationin mixed mediaof 19th century African-American businesswomen, these works convey and celebrate the cultural and historical richness of the African experience.


Ireland potteryArt in Ireland
December 15, 2008 -January 9, 2009
A group of Northeastern students, led by art professor Mira Cantor, traveled abroad last summer to create art for Art in Ireland. The students who travelled to Ireland are: Katherine Coleman, Jaclyn Cunningham, Jaime Klein, Sean McDermott, Meredith McKelvey, Meg Lynch, Marc Pellegrino, Loraine Peone, Clara Rice, Nicholle Richard, Alex Turnwall, Michael Viera, Christina Voll, Zohar Weinstein, and Maggie Wilson.

Art NUArt NU: Fifth Annual Staff & Faculty Art Exhibit
November 17-December 12, 2008
Art NU, winner of the 2005 President's Aspiration Award, presented the Fifth Annual Staff & Faculty Art Exhibit. The exhibit featured paintings, photography, and other creative works by Northeastern faculty, staff and administrators. The annual event is sponsored by the Office of the Provost.


Diary of healingA Diary of Healing
October 30-November 14, 2008
When Mary Ann Nilan was diagnosed with breast cancer, she chose to have her story documented. A Diary of Healing is the candid chronicle of her personal journey. The series of 48 sequential photographs by artist Christopher Capozziello communicates the stark reality of a life-threatening illness. The exhibit was sponsored by Colleges Against Cancer, the Pre-Med Association, the Student Nursing Association, the Society of Women Engineers, Lambda Kappa Sigma, Sigma Phi Epsilon, and the Health Science Society.

Ulman exhibitWild Ones
October 9-24, 2008
Wild Ones, the inaugural exhibition at Gallery 360, brought to roaring life an array of imaginative and mechanistic art pieces by Michael Ulman, AS '00. His tactile metal work may appear to be an unconventional homage to the race car or motorcycle—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.