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

Heaven Gate, 2018
Al Hebert
NCRC, Building 18 Lobby, Rotunda Gallery
September 13, 2019 to December 13, 2019

Al Hebert has been a prominent figure in the Detroit art scene since he received his MFA at Wayne State University in 1967. In the Exhibition “Advice to Polonius” Hebert references Shakespeare’s Hamlet , Polonius, a man of experience, who gives some life advice to his son Laertes. Polonius states “neither a borrower nor a lender be”, and advise him to borrow objects extensively from many sources, and then lend them to sculptural assemblage.

This is exactly what Hebert does in the creation of the works in this exhibit, incorporating Objet trouvé ...

Empire Bluff
Alli McPhail
NCRC, Building 18 (near tunnel), Connections Gallery
September 13, 2019 to December 13, 2019

Born and raised in northern Michigan, Alli grew up surrounded by the beauty of nature. From a young age, she picked up watercolor painting, emulating her mother while they would travel around Michigan and back to where her dad grew up in British Columbia, Canada. Self-taught from a young age, she would take her watercolors outside and attempt to paint what she saw -- weather it was mountains, lakes, rivers, or the woods.

Years later, Alli attended the University of Michigan and completed a degree in architecture. Although she appreciates the built environment, she is continually...

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...