Public Art

Northeastern’s Public Art Initiative is a platform for artists in traditional and non-traditional disciplines—from our community and around the world—to showcase the university’s creative energy.

Projects

"A World Of Innocent Discovery"

Cedric Douglas is a public artist, designer, and street artist who has created work in the Boston area for more than 20 years. Douglas was an artist in residence with Northeastern’s Center for the Arts in the College of Arts, Media and Design during the Fall of 2015. In the spring of 2016, Northeastern commissioned…Read More

"Crosswalks and Bus Stops"

The long rank of oversize glass windows in West Village H that face onto Parker Street and Huntington Avenue provide an organic framing device for public art, while the atrium inside this academic/residential building is a natural gallery space. Northeastern uses both to exhibit art by faculty, students, and alumni. Ekua Holmes’ collages celebrate the…Read More

Art Lift

Art Lift features reproductions of paintings, graphics, photography, sculpture, and illustrations made by Northeastern faculty, students, and alumni. The exhibits rotate four times a year, and new work is added regularly. The photos at right are just a sample of the current work that’s featured. If you’re interested in having your work shown, please complete…Read More

"The Art of Abstraction"

Like jazz musicians who improvise notes and rhythms into captivating music, abstract artists transform colors and textures into singular images. This exhibit features African American painters and printmakers whose abstract artworks recall the improvisation of jazz. Scattered throughout these paintings and prints are figurative elements—letters and shapes that are easy to identify. But each of these artists takes the work a step…Read More

"Reality Check II"

John Park was commissioned to create a mural for the lobby in East Village. The theme of the piece is “exploring the world beyond your comfort zone,” a concept that is well understood among the students and faculty at Northeastern. John is an artist living in Los Angeles. He was born in Korea and moved…Read More

French Intervention

French urban stencil artist Jean-François Perroy, better known under the pseudonym Jef Aérosol, is a first-generation street artist who began bringing his art to the streets in the early 1980s. He is considered a pioneer of what is now called “urban art” and he remains a reference and an influence among street artists of the…Read More

Immersive Street Arcade

Northeastern partnered with OhHeckYeah, Denver’s immersive street arcade, to transform Krentzman Quad into a larger-than-life street arcade, featuring custom video games, music, and some good old-fashioned arcade-style fun. OhHeckYeah @ Northeastern featured three simple games played on oversized LED screens: “Graduation Day,” the brand new game developed just for this event by students in Northeastern’s game…Read More

"Ars et Scientia"

As part of the Northeastern Public Art Initiative, artist Miles “Mac” MacGregor, aka El Mac, was commissioned to create a new mural for Meserve Hall overlooking Centennial Common. El Mac was born in Los Angeles to an engineer father and artist mother, who met in Boston while his father was a Northeastern student. The mural…Read More

"Drawing as Process"

The long rank of oversize glass windows in West Village H that face onto Parker Street and Huntington Avenue provide an organic framing device for public art, while the atrium inside this academic/residential building is a natural gallery space. Northeastern uses both to exhibit art by faculty, students, and alumni. Professor Jeff Hull created the…Read More

"In Person"

In fall 2014, Northeastern commissioned a mural by faculty member Sophia Ainslie, a lecturer in the Department of Art + Design at Northeastern. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Ainslie’s work combines X-rays, territorial mappings, and sketches of places she has experienced in her immediate environment.

“100 Years of Solitude”

Artist Daniel Anguilu started painting graffiti at an early age. His art, which appears mostly on freight trains and large-scale walls, has become increasingly more visible around his hometown of Houston. Anguilu’s style is deeply inspired by his Mexican heritage, and he paints with abstract shapes, animal imagery, and vibrant color. Daniel has traveled to many cities…Read More

“Commanda”

Shepard Fairey is an American contemporary street artist, graphic designer, activist, and illustrator who emerged from the skateboarding scene. He first became known for his “Andre the Giant Has a Posse” sticker campaign while attending the Rhode Island School of Design, which appropriated images from the comedic supermarket tabloid Weekly World News. He became widely…Read More