Past Art Exhibitions

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

Karen Anne Klein
Exhibition Dates:
January 25, 2019 to May 03, 2019

Karen Anne Klein uses images of natures to tell stories. The birds, flowers and insects she chooses for her compositions have symbolic meanings and mythological associations. There is always more there than meets the eye. Drawing directly from life, from specimens found in natural history museums, Klein creates beautifully realistic works that incorporate a touch of whimsy and wonder.

This exhibition will feature Cabinets of Curiosities/Wunder-Kammer: During the Renaissance, private collections were assembled in rooms with the idea that a person could know...

Barrett Klein
Exhibition Dates:
January 25, 2019 to May 03, 2019

We are a wondrous, accomplished, creative species of primate… that also happens to be shortsighted, dangerously self-absorbed, and destructive on a global scale. The only planet we know to harbor life is changing rapidly, largely by our industrious actions. Never before has the need to explore, embrace, and conserve life’s diversity been as important as it is now.

This show represents hints of what we cannot see, or often choose not to see, and is a plea to celebrate the tiny majority that drives our ecosystems and has influenced human culture since our cultures’ incipient stages....

Office of Patient Experience
Exhibition Dates:
January 25, 2019 to May 03, 2019

Michigan Medicine advisors, peer mentors, and staff have created artwork and stories reflecting the patient experience.

Art Reception: 5-6:30 p.m.

Storytelling Event: 6:30-8 p.m.

“Candycopia”, 84”x58”, acrylic, latex, spray paint, paint marker, paint fragments, on canvas, 2018
Dennis Michael Jones
Exhibition Dates:
September 20, 2018 to December 21, 2018

Dennis Jones, a visual artist, educator, and licensed practicing architect, has exhibited his work locally, nationally and internationally over the last twenty-six years. Selected exhibition venues include The OK Harris Gallery, New York; The Robert Kidd Gallery, Birmingham, MI; Oakland University Art Gallery, Rochester Hills, MI; Grand Rapids, ArtPrize; Elaine L. Jacob Gallery, Detroit, MI; The College for Creative Studies Center Galleries, Detroit, MI; Concordia College Gallery, Ann Arbor Art Center and The Gallery Project, Ann Arbor, MI. Jones recently curated an exhibition titled, SIX...

Michigan Medicine, UM Geriatrics Silver Club
Exhibition Dates:
September 20, 2018 to December 21, 2018

Reinventing Matisse is an exhibition of original artworks created by men and women living well with memory loss who participate in the Michigan Medicine,

UM Geriatrics Silver Club Programs. The mission of the Silver Club Programs is to build a community where people with memory loss make friends, share joys and fears, be creative and have fun through meaningful adult-focused engaging activities.

The exhibition consists of original art pieces in the art mediums of acrylic painting, collage and mixed media.

Please contact the...

“Three Muses”, Collage and Acrylic on Paper
K. A. Letts
Exhibition Dates:
September 20, 2018 to December 21, 2018

K.A. Letts is a graduate of Barnard College (B.A.) and Yale Drama School (M.F.A.) and is an Inter/National Alumna Artist at A.I.R. Gallery ( www.airgallery.org ) in Brooklyn, N.Y. In 2015, Letts has shown work at Hatch Art in Hamtramck, at 555 Galleries in Detroit, Motor Row Gallery in Chicago and at Non-Fiction Gallery in Savannah GA. Work by K.A. Letts was on exhibit in 2014-2015 at the Toledo Art Museum in the 95th Annual Area Artists Exhibit where she was awarded the Toledo Federation of Art Society's Purchase Award....

Allie McGhee
Exhibition Dates:
May 16, 2018 to August 31, 2018

Allie McGhee is Detroit’s famed “Old Master” of abstract expressionism. After attending Cass Technical High School, Detroit, McGhee studied at Ferris State University and Eastern Michigan University, where he graduated in 1965. A Detroiter for over five decades, he is committed to art in public places, such as his commissions for Michigan Avenue Station on the Detroit People Mover and Detroit Receiving Hospital. His paintings are included in the collections of the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Studio Museum in Harlem, NYC; and has been featured at the G.R. N'namdi Gallery (Detroit, MI...

Donita Simpson
Exhibition Dates:
May 16, 2018 to August 31, 2018

Donita Simpson is a Detroit based photographer who creates images of Detroit area artists, many who have exhibited at NCRC, in their personal creative environments. She earned her BFA, MFA and MEd from Wayne State University.

Simpson's portraits have hung in the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery, traveled the nation and won several Statewide competitions. Her portrait of Detroit's beloved Gilda Snowden was chosen as a finalist in The Outwin 2016 American Portraiture Today Competition, selected from over 2500 entries. She has been photographing Detroit artists since...

Joyce Brienza
Exhibition Dates:
January 15, 2018 to April 16, 2018

Joyce Brienza is a Detroit artist who has shown work nationally and internationally. The Paintings and Drawings in this exhibition express her decades long interest in the “places between” the conscious and unconscious, representation and abstraction, male and female, high art and low. The pictures are combinations of disparate elements evoking the surprise that accompanies a dream state and that create a poetical wave that will float the viewer if only they submit. Works consist of multiple - fragmented parts that are connected but ultimately separate. As with the Japanese aesthetic of...

Dalia Reyes
Exhibition Dates:
January 15, 2018 to April 16, 2018

Dalia Reyes is an interdisciplinary artist from Southwest Detroit, who earned her undergraduate degree from College for Creative Studies. She has exhibited her work through the Detroit Metropolitan area. Her current work focuses on cosmic fantasy and visual meditation.

Adnan Charara
Exhibition Dates:
September 08, 2017 to December 12, 2017

Adnan Charara is a Lebanese-American artist who has lived and worked in the U.S. since 1982. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States, Europe and the Middle East. With an unquenchable thirst to create since he was a child, Charara drew, painted, sculpted and assembled his way from Seattle to Boston to Detroit, where he currently makes his artistic home. Adnan works in multiple mediums with several ideas at a time, treating his studio practice like a detail-oriented factory. His hard-working dedication is masked by his whimsical and humorous treatment of serious subjects....

Silver Club Memory Program, Michigan Medicine, UM Geriatrics Silver Club Programs Art Collaboration Exhibition
Exhibition Dates:
September 05, 2017 to December 12, 2017

These original pieces of artwork were created by men and women living well with memory loss who participate in the Michigan Medicine,

UM Geriatrics Silver Club programs. The mission of the Silver Club programs is to build a community where people with memory loss make friends, share joys and fears, be creative and have fun through meaningful adult-focused engaging activities. The exhibition consists of over 30 original art pieces that are watercolor, acrylic painting, collage and mixed media.

For more information on Silver Club Programs contact: 734-998-9352, or

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Susan Aaron-Taylor
Exhibition Dates:
September 05, 2017 to December 12, 2017

Susan Aaron-Taylor has exhibited her work for over three decades. The sculptures in this exhibition blend her love of Jungian psychology, alchemy, dreams, rituals, mythology, and shamanism with the detritus of matter. Unlike geological strata, these layers are accessible for work two to three decades removed from their original expression.

She states “My intense exploration of mediums and techniques over the year’s gives me the freedom to incorporate a wide range of materials. Found wood, fleece, minerals, cactus, porcupine quills, beads, shells, bones, and kozo fiber have all been...

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.