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

Cathy VanVoorhis
NCRC, Building 18 Lobby, Rotunda Gallery
January 08, 2020 to May 03, 2020

Artist Reception: NCRC, Building 18 on Friday, February 7, 5PM - 7PM

Cathy VanVoorhis was one of two artists in residence hosted by University of Michigan Biological Station (UMBS) during the summer 2019. The UMBS provides students and faculty the opportunity to study environmental science in the field, alongside some of the world’s most respected experts. Including cultural experts, through a residency program, in the mix provided a perfect bridge between the arts and sciences.

The work created during this residency will be featured in her exhibition titled “Forest and...

NCRC, Building 18, Connections Gallery (near tunnel)
January 08, 2020 to May 03, 2020

Artist Reception: NCRC, Building 18 on Friday, February 7, 5PM - 7PM

"Photography is a universal language and it is my hope that my images will move viewers to respond not only with empathy, but also with action. It is my intention to photograph people with compassion and dignity in the hope of communicating our interrelatedness." — Mark Tuschman

Mark Tuschman has worked as an international freelance photographer for more than 34 years. He dedicates himself to raising awareness on international issues regarding women and children, and is committed to issues of...

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...