Art Program

Art Program

In keeping with the spirit of the NCRC, we aim to generate an environment of innovation and inspiration through the display of art and through arts programming.  Scientists and artists share a common ability – abstract thinking.  Developing a dialog between the two is our main objective.

The intention of the art program is to introduce visual and performing arts in the form of educational experiences that are dynamic and thought provoking for the members of the NCRC community, as well as the larger U-M community and general public.  Students and visitors will be invited to participate in programs that reach beyond the realm of art, with topics that include science, social commentary and technology.  Fresh ideas, or living arts, will be highlighted through interactive programs offered by visiting artists who share their process creating works on-site, as well as through talks and exhibition.

The ideas and works of art by U-M students and faculty, as well as Michigan-based and internationally known artists will be featured.

More Information

If you would like to stay informed of future exhibitions and events, please send an email to Grace Serra, NCRC Art Coordinator - with the subject line "NCRC Art e-mail list."

NCRC Exhibitions

Joyce Brienza
NCRC, Building 18 Lobby, Rotunda Gallery
January 15, 2018 to April 16, 2018

Joyce Brienza is a Detroit artist who has shown work nationally and internationally. The Paintings and Drawings in this exhibition express her decades long interest in the “places between” the conscious and unconscious, representation and abstraction, male and female, high art and low. The pictures are combinations of disparate elements evoking the surprise that accompanies a dream state and that create a poetical wave that will float the viewer if only they submit. Works consist of multiple - fragmented parts that are connected but ultimately separate. As with the Japanese aesthetic of...

Dalia Reyes
NCRC, Building 18, Connections Gallery (near tunnel)
January 15, 2018 to April 16, 2018

Dalia Reyes is an interdisciplinary artist from Southwest Detroit, who earned her undergraduate degree from College for Creative Studies. She has exhibited her work through the Detroit Metropolitan area. Her current work focuses on cosmic fantasy and visual meditation.

Michelle Plucinsky, Chris Nordin
NCRC, Building 18, Connections Courtyard Gallery
This exhibit is on permanent display.

Furnace Design Studio, hailed as one of the trendiest and hippest studios in the Midwest, mixes talent, creativity and business savvy, to create a unique upscale studio

and event facility. Artists and founding partners Michelle Plucinsky and Chris Nordin

fabricate and design site-specific bodies of work, mainly in glass, for private and public

spaces. Using hand sculpted glass, blown glass, metal, wood, and quite often hand

forged steel, Furnace Design Studio creates one-of-a-kind sculptures and fixtures that

help clients stand out from their...

Tattered Moon Sculpture by Jim Pallas
Jim Pallas
The sculpture is located within the Buildings 100-400 courtyard
This exhibit is on permanent display.

NCRC is the recent recipient of a generous donation of art. Jim Pallas, a Detroit-based artist known for inventive, kinetic, thought-provoking and oftentimes humorous work, created the sculpture Tattered Moon . This piece is thematically reminiscent of the David Barr granite and marble sculpture series on the grounds west of Huron Parkway, which illustrate the birth of an idea. As described by Jim Pallas, “ Tattered Moon is a metaphor for the process of bringing a dream to life. Sometimes a dream can become tattered. As it is, it is brought to reality. Even when tattered...