Past Art Exhibitions

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

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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Curiosity: Inside/Outside Yunjung Kang
Yunjung Kang
Exhibition Dates:
Ended August 08, 2014

Stop by the Connections Gallery now through August 8, 2014 at NCRC, Building 18 to see the exhibition Curiosity: Inside/Outside with work by fiber artist, Yunjung Kang, recent graduate from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Due to her exciting but unexpected move to New York, Yunjung will need to close her show early. She will offer a gallery talk on August 8th at 11:30AM in the gallery at the west end of the NCRC tunnel. Light refreshments will be served. The show will conclude that afternoon.

Yunjung Kang is a fiber, mixed media and visual artist creating two and three-...

 Oncoglyphs, a series of nine quilts
Exhibition Dates:
June 09, 2014 to September 12, 2014

NCRC Art presents Oncoglyphs, a series of nine quilts documenting the artist Susannah Elkin Zisk’s battle with breast cancer. On loan courtesy of Susannah’s mother, Judith Elkin, and husband, Stephen Zisk.

Maureen Devine, Art Coordinator for NCRC Art, encourages the public and university community to visit and experience the series of nine quilts firsthand. “The exhibition Oncoglyphs shares a very important story told by artist Susannah Elkin Zisk who documented her battle with breast cancer through the art of quilt making.” Judith Elkin, the artist’s mother, noted, “...

Two Faces by Jennifer Belair
Jennifer Belair
Exhibition Dates:
January 16, 2014 to May 02, 2014

Jennifer Belair is a mixed media artist living and working in Detroit. She recently graduated with an MFA from Wayne State University. Her concentration is in print media. Her work focuses on the interior spaces of the mind and challenges our visual vocabulary of that which we cannot depict.

In the exhibition Two Faces, the work examines the importance of communication in our personal relationships. This work challenges perceptions of ourselves and those around us. This body of work is introspective and examines the multiple faces that exist. The figures are different...

 Buttermilk Falls, 1991, oil on linen (Lucille Nawara)
Lucille Nawara
Exhibition Dates:
January 16, 2014 to May 02, 2014

Lucille Procter Nawara was born into a family of musicians but always knew she would be an artist. While growing up she spent much of her time surrounded by nature where she explored forest pools and brooks filled with rapids or climbed the granite boulders of the White Mountains in New Hampshire with her siblings. These memories of wild and remote landscapes, waterfalls and the ocean still influence her work today. When not exploring the outdoors, she enthusiastically studied drawing and music. As the daughter of two composers and music teachers, she followed their lead and trained on the...

Transplanted Wonder by Jessica London
Jessica London
Exhibition Dates:
October 09, 2013 to December 18, 2013

As part of the Emerging Art Series, NCRC Art proudly presents Jessica Joy London: Transplanted Wonder. The exhibition will be on view through December 13 in the Connections Gallery of Building 18, concourse level.

Jessica Joy London is a recent MFA graduate of the University of Michigan, Penny Stamps School of Art and Design. While she concentrated on painting, she also explored the sciences while working in a biomedical research lab. In reference to her time in the lab, London shared, “It gave me a new systematic approach to my artwork.” She also was inspired by the artistic...