Art Program

Opening Reception

June 15, 2023 • 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM UM Staff Hour
North Campus Research Complex | 2800 Plymouth Rd | Ann Arbor, MI | 48109

Please join us for a reception to celebrate and mingle with the artists | Enjoy complimentary refreshments & hors d'oeuvres


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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.

Art Program

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

Questions or Comments: Contact Grace Serra, Medical School Art Coordinator -

NCRC Exhibitions

Satchel Lee
NCRC, Building 18 Lobby, Connections Gallery (near tunnel)
October 06, 2023 to December 15, 2023

Born and raised in New York City, Satchel Lee is a multi-media artist whose work can best be described as portraiture. Through collaborations with her immediate community, and also using herself as a subject, Lee draws inspiration from the quotidian, creating offbeat images that aim to preserve this moment in time, (re) examine memories (especially those clouded by confusion) all the while asking questions around identity and existence.

Lee holds a BFA from the Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film and Television at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She is currently...

Nour Ballout
NCRC, Building 18 Lobby, Rotunda Gallery
October 06, 2023 to December 15, 2023

Nour Ballout (b. 1993, Beirut) is a Detroit & Chicago based interdisciplinary artist and curator. They received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Wayne State University and an MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). Nour Ballout’s practice grapples with the ways looking can manifest as both resistance and violence while negotiating the tensions among visibility, documentation and surveillance. Through photography, archive and space making, their work interrogates the ways the naturalization of structures of power manifest within bodies, built environments, and...

Digital Exhibition
This exhibit is on permanent display.

Smartphone Virtual Photo Exhibition Submission

April 15 th – May 14 th , 2021

“Looking for the Silver Lining: Art in the time of COVID” Smartphone Virtual Photo Exhibition is designed as a way for us to come together and to share the things that have uplifted us and carried us through these very challenging and unprecedented times.

Even through social distancing and “work from home” orders may mean we are farther apart physically, we can use our smartphone to bring us closer together, by sharing our happy memories during this pandemic...

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...