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

Adnan Charara
NCRC, Building 18 Lobby, Rotunda Gallery
September 08, 2017 to December 12, 2017

Adnan Charara is a Lebanese-American artist who has lived and worked in the U.S. since 1982. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States, Europe and the Middle East. With an unquenchable thirst to create since he was a child, Charara drew, painted, sculpted and assembled his way from Seattle to Boston to Detroit, where he currently makes his artistic home. Adnan works in multiple mediums with several ideas at a time, treating his studio practice like a detail-oriented factory. His hard-working dedication is masked by his whimsical and humorous treatment of serious subjects....

Silver Club Memory Program, Michigan Medicine, UM Geriatrics Silver Club Programs Art Collaboration Exhibition
NCRC, Building 10 Gallery
September 05, 2017 to December 12, 2017

These original pieces of artwork were created by men and women living well with memory loss who participate in the Michigan Medicine,

UM Geriatrics Silver Club programs. The mission of the Silver Club programs is to build a community where people with memory loss make friends, share joys and fears, be creative and have fun through meaningful adult-focused engaging activities. The exhibition consists of over 30 original art pieces that are watercolor, acrylic painting, collage and mixed media.

For more information on Silver Club Programs contact: 734-998-9352, or


Susan Aaron-Taylor
NCRC, Building 18, Connections Gallery
September 05, 2017 to December 12, 2017

Susan Aaron-Taylor has exhibited her work for over three decades. The sculptures in this exhibition blend her love of Jungian psychology, alchemy, dreams, rituals, mythology, and shamanism with the detritus of matter. Unlike geological strata, these layers are accessible for work two to three decades removed from their original expression.

She states “My intense exploration of mediums and techniques over the year’s gives me the freedom to incorporate a wide range of materials. Found wood, fleece, minerals, cactus, porcupine quills, beads, shells, bones, and kozo fiber have all been...

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...