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

Gilda Snowden
NCRC, Building 18 Lobby, Connections Gallery (near tunnel)
May 10, 2019 to August 24, 2019

Gilda Snowden (1954 – 2014) was a Detroit artist who received a bachelor of fine arts, master of art and master of fine arts in painting from Wayne State University. She was Interim Chair and Professor of Fine Arts at the College for Creative Studies, Detroit and also Gallery Director of the Detroit Repertory Theatre. Snowden’s works have been exhibited throughout the United States, as well as in Mexico, Canada and West Africa. Her works are featured in a number of publications, as well as private and corporate collections, including Post/Newsweek, the Neiman-Marcus Corporation, Ameritech...

Celebration,  2019, printed vinyl with textured laminate (photo credit Larry Melkus)
Lester Johnson
NCRC, Building 18 Lobby, Rotunda Gallery
May 10, 2019 to August 24, 2019

Lester Johnson, renowned Detroit artist, earned his bachelor of fine arts and master of fine arts degrees from the University of Michigan. He has exhibited his work in the Detroit Institute of Arts, Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, and galleries and museums around the world. A Garland of Praise Songs for Rosa Parks finds its permanent home at the Wayne State University Law School’s Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights in Detroit. In 2011, Johnson was invited to sign the famed historic Scarab Club beam, an honor extended to artists who have made significant and...

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...