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

“Candycopia”, 84”x58”, acrylic, latex, spray paint, paint marker, paint fragments, on canvas, 2018
Dennis Michael Jones
NCRC, Building 18 Lobby, Rotunda Gallery
September 20, 2018 to December 21, 2018

Dennis Jones, a visual artist, educator, and licensed practicing architect, has exhibited his work locally, nationally and internationally over the last twenty-six years. Selected exhibition venues include The OK Harris Gallery, New York; The Robert Kidd Gallery, Birmingham, MI; Oakland University Art Gallery, Rochester Hills, MI; Grand Rapids, ArtPrize; Elaine L. Jacob Gallery, Detroit, MI; The College for Creative Studies Center Galleries, Detroit, MI; Concordia College Gallery, Ann Arbor Art Center and The Gallery Project, Ann Arbor, MI. Jones recently curated an exhibition titled, SIX...

Michigan Medicine, UM Geriatrics Silver Club
NCRC, Building 10, Lobby Gallery
September 20, 2018 to December 21, 2018

Reinventing Matisse is an exhibition of original artworks 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 original art pieces in the art mediums of acrylic painting, collage and mixed media.

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“Three Muses”, Collage and Acrylic on Paper
K. A. Letts
NCRC, Building 18, Connections Gallery (near tunnel)
September 20, 2018 to December 21, 2018

K.A. Letts is a graduate of Barnard College (B.A.) and Yale Drama School (M.F.A.) and is an Inter/National Alumna Artist at A.I.R. Gallery ( ) in Brooklyn, N.Y. In 2015, Letts has shown work at Hatch Art in Hamtramck, at 555 Galleries in Detroit, Motor Row Gallery in Chicago and at Non-Fiction Gallery in Savannah GA. Work by K.A. Letts was on exhibit in 2014-2015 at the Toledo Art Museum in the 95th Annual Area Artists Exhibit where she was awarded the Toledo Federation of Art Society's Purchase Award....

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 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, a...