Past Art Exhibitions

NCRC has a great history of partnerships with local artists.  Below is the archive of previous exhibitions the NCRC has hosted.

Joyce Brienza
Exhibition Dates:
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
Exhibition Dates:
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.

Adnan Charara
Exhibition Dates:
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
Exhibition Dates:
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.

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Susan Aaron-Taylor
Exhibition Dates:
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...

Carole Harris
Exhibition Dates:
May 05, 2017 to August 23, 2017

Carole Harris is a fiber artist, working primarily in the art of quilt medium. Her work has extended the boundaries of traditional quilting. Her process is improvisational. She lets the fabric and color lead her on a rhythmic journey, using combinations of commercially printed cottons, silks, linen, hand dyed, hand painted, vintage fabrics and paper thrown in. These materials are cut up, overlaid, hand stitched, burned, painted, repositioned, until she knows that she has arrived at her destination of a densely layered composition. Her work is included in many private and institutional...

Jeremy Thacker-Mann
Exhibition Dates:
May 05, 2017 to August 23, 2017

Jeremy Thacker-Mann is an emerging artist and graduate of College for Creative Studies. His work has been featured at the Detroit Artist Market, 555 Gallery, 101 and up, Cass Café, Motor City Brewery, Detroit Medical Center, Bohemian National Home, Artist Among Us, Our Town and Gualan Biennial, Bao’an District in Shenzhen, China.

Jeremy’s paintings are two-dimensional works of art, that are felt. Both figuratively and literally. He uses dried paint scraps, excavated from old palettes, to "build" his paintings into non-objective displays of contrasting colors, textures and finishes...

If I can stop one heart from breaking, 2014   (Photo Credit Tim Thayer)
Anne Mondro
Exhibition Dates:
February 01, 2017 to April 24, 2017

Anne Mondro’s work explores the physical and emotional complexity of the human body. Integrating traditional craft, fine art, and digital technology, she creates images and sculptures that investigate humanity. Her work draws inspiration from anatomical imagery and religious artifacts to comment on physical and mental complexities of the body, especially during times of illness and disease.

Anne Mondro received her BFA at College for Creative Studies in Detroit, and completed her MFA at Kent State University. She is Associate Professor in the School of Art & Design at the...

“He Said She Said”, 2015  (photo credit Tim Thayer)
Marcia Freedman
Exhibition Dates:
February 01, 2017 to April 24, 2017

Marcia Freedman’s work pay homage to the great Abstract Expressionist painters that dominated the art scene of the late 20 th century, yet the work remains relevant in the contemporary context of abstract painting. The lush gestural brushstrokes reveal unconscious feelings resulting from personal experiences, and a visceral reaction to life.

Freedman allows the painting process to lead the way to opening up the work to wider political or social questions. The physicality of the paint joined with resultant symbols creates a narrative and dialog between self and materials, revealing...

Ding Fang
Exhibition Dates:
September 28, 2016 to December 15, 2016

China’s artistic “Renaissance” is not merely following the Western Renaissance of seven hundred years ago. Rather, Chinese artists are exploring traditional Chinese culture while drawing on contemporary ideas from the East and the West, gathering energy from diverse sources. The texture of Ding Fang’s works draws inspiration from the wind-eroded landforms commonly seen in Northwest China. His work incorporates painting techniques from Eastern and Western art history, displaying a unique repertoire of Chinese expressionism. The paintings evoke the sublime, the tragic, and the beautiful to...

Nancy Thayer
Exhibition Dates:
September 28, 2016 to December 15, 2016

The work of Nancy Thayer is included in numerous museums, private and corporate collections throughout the U.S and in Italy, Germany, Hungary, Poland, The Netherlands and Korea. She is a member of the executive board of InterFaith Leadership Council of Metropolitan Detroit and teaches at the Stamps School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan.

In describing her paintings she states, ”While the visual content refers to and suggests forms of nature, they are not meant to be representational or site specific. My intention is...

Kay Lister, Garden Path, 2013, quilt.
Exhibition Dates:
June 15, 2016 to August 19, 2016

Lawrence Street Gallery began in 1987 by a small group of artists to showcase and sell their work in a gallery setting. Soon after, they expanded to include other Michigan artists through juried thematic competitions, and by opening space for solo and group shows. Membership in the gallery increased and required more space, so the gallery moved from its Lawrence Street location in Pontiac to its present location at 22620 Woodward Avenue in Ferndale, Michigan. While the gallery has grown, it has maintained a key goal: to recognize and showcase the vast art talent in this local area.

Heidi A. Marshall, Off the Road, 2016, pastel
Heidi Amenda Marshall
Exhibition Dates:
June 15, 2016 to August 19, 2016

The land is the first part of the story. Simply by being, it invites possibility for expression. When I stand before a scene it stimulates a response. I strive to stay true to this initial spark or reaction as it is generally powerful. And that begins my process of painting.

It is important to trust in the creative mystery of it all, while still attending to changing light, various weather challenges and holding a deep understanding of medium and a facility for technique.

Cressman, Shift, 2015, daylily stalks
Larry Cressman
Exhibition Dates:
January 13, 2016 to April 29, 2016

Over his artistic career Larry Cressman’s work has evolved away from the two-dimensional as he has explored drawing as a three-dimensional form of expression, one that in many ways has focused on landscape. Site-specific work has been a particular interest and his installations have been on view at the Dennos Museum in Traverse City; the Detroit Institute of Arts; the Hewlett Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; the Nelson Gallery at the University of California, Davis; the River Gallery, Chelsea, Michigan; the Hill Gallery, Birmingham, Michigan and recently in...

Hamrick, Silence, 2011, oil on panel
Janet Hamrick
Exhibition Dates:
January 13, 2016 to April 29, 2016

Janet Hamrick paints in harmonious color fields of refined and subtle shifts of light and dark accented by patterns derived from calligraphy and flowers. A natural repetitive structure and pattern of decorative elements form a rhythmic composition. These works have a language or musical feel of their own, whether it is symphonic, jazz or even silence which can be nature. The pattern may dominate in some compositions where the negative space may be emphasized in others.

Hamrick works out of her studio in Ferndale, Michigan. She studied at the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit...

giverny by clara mcclenon
Clara McClenon
Exhibition Dates:
October 12, 2015 to December 11, 2015

Clara McClenon (MFA/MSI Candidate) is motivated by questions of how we ­find, use and, ultimately, create meaning out of information. Using imagery from ordinary landscapes, she brings attention to the wonder of sight. Inspired by a recent visit to Monet’s gardens in Giverny, France, McClenon sees clear evidence of the artist’s pursuit of “phenomena.” Between his fl­ower garden and his now iconic Japanese-inspired water garden, Giverny is replete with patterns, shapes, and textures. In the drawings presented here, the gardens’ role as a visual laboratory is celebrated and explored.

Silver Noise by Kathryn Brackett Luchs
Kathryn Brackett Luchs
Exhibition Dates:
October 12, 2015 to December 11, 2015

Kathryn Brackett Luchs (Lecturer II, U-M Penny Stamps School of Art and Design) creates work that resource many studios technically. She has worked with processes and materials creating monumental woodcuts merged with the parent block, opening like pages or moth wings, both fragile and heavily worked. She has given energy to works of disparate and resonating materials and studio processes - combining approaches that become aesthetic statements about the process, evolved in the materials and the evolving relationship to the ‘parent’ studio.

wellspring by jonathan verney
Jonathan Verney
Exhibition Dates:
October 12, 2015 to December 11, 2015

Jonathan Verney (U-M MFA Candidate) creates paintings and photographs that explore notions of ephemerality, transformation and human identity with nature. Through alchemical experimentation inside the studio/darkroom and outside in the landscape, Verney’s work incorporates natural processes to accentuate the material phenomena that make up our terrestrial existence.

These works are inspired by Yellowstone Park and the words of John Muir in 1901.

Wellspring by trevor king
Trevor King
Exhibition Dates:
October 12, 2015 to December 11, 2015

Trevor King (U-M MFA 2015) creates sculptures, pottery, sound works, and videos to document moments of stillness and passing time. Fusing traditional materials and processes with contemporary sites and situations, King’s work integrates old media with a moment of the present.

These works are inspired by Yellowstone Park and the words of John Muir in 1901.

Abstract view: detroit from the N'Namdi Collection
Organized by The N’Namdi Center
Exhibition Dates:
Ended September 16, 2015

This exhibition includes a selection of paintings by some of Detroit’s most noted abstract artists. These works come from the N’Namdi Collection, one of the finest private collections of African American art in the world. The owner of the collection, Dr. George N’Namdi, explains, “The combined works cover more than a century of art in every genre and is anchored by contemporary abstract paintings. The collection can be seen as a legacy investment, which assists in securing the heritage of African American artists. It is also a tool for educating audiences on the contributions of people of...

Glass Lily Garden by April Wagner
April Wagner
Exhibition Dates:
Ended September 16, 2015

This exhibition features a variety of glass lilies in vibrant colors displayed in both exhibition cases and on the wall.

April Wagner is an award-winning glass artist and the owner of epiphany studio in Pontiac, Michigan. She studied art and glass at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, New York Experimental Glass Workshop in Brooklyn, Alfred University in Alfred, New York and at Interlochen Arts Academy in northwestern Michigan. As an artist, she has been committed to this elegant material since college. In fact, April also has a long history at NCRC. She had been...

Endi Poskovic: Recent Print Works
Endi Poskovic
Exhibition Dates:
January 29, 2015 to May 01, 2015

The result of intersecting visual signifiers, both real and imaginative, the graphic work of Endi Poskovic explore different strategies of representation and invite the viewer to peer into a window of imaginative worlds that are at once recognizable and simultaneously abstract. Poskovic is a Professor of Art and Design at the University of Michigan Stamps School of Art and Design.

A recipient of Guggenheim, Rockefeller, Pollock-Krasner, Camargo, Art Matters, Flemish-Belgian Government Ministry, Norwegian Government Fellowships, and many others, Poskovic was educated in Yugoslavia,...

Phantom Prospects
Kae Masuda, Robert Platt
Exhibition Dates:
Ended December 04, 2014

This 2-person exhibition featuring the work of Kae Masuda from Kyoto,Japan and Robert Platt from the Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design.

BioArtography Image
Exhibition Dates:
October 03, 2014 to December 19, 2014

Each year the University of Michigan Center for Organogenesis invites a committee of art professionals and scientists to help select a group of new BioArtography images taken under the microscope to present as works of art and notecards. The sales of these items fund Center for Organogenesis trainee scholarships and educational outreach programs for the public.

Images are submitted from all over the University. Please visit their website for more information: https://bioartography.myshopify.com/

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Mark Newport: My Heroes
Mark Newport
Exhibition Dates:
October 03, 2014 to December 19, 2014

Big Batman, Big S Man 2 and the other costumes included in the show grow from The Sweatermen, series which are heroes of Newport’s invention. The Sweaterman costumes push the image of the hero by highlighting knitting materials, textures, and traditions (cables and the use of “ends” to make a sweater) in the form of the costume. Some of the color and texture choices are based on the sweaters his mother made - her love of cables and her color choices. In these he works to forge the link between childhood experience and an adult understanding of protection, masculinity, and heroism.

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