Event Date

March 18 - May 5, 2016


Art at BRIT

Program Information

Free to the public.

Point of Contact

Erin Starr White

Community Education Manager

BRIT is pleased to present paintings and works on paper by Carol Ivey and Deborah Mersky in the Madeline R. Samples Exhibit Hall. For more than 20 years, these two friends have hiked and rambled together, in the Pacific Northwest and now in North and Central Texas. Despite their diverse approaches to creating art, they each have a vital interest in nature as artifact standing in for human feeling. The exhibition’s title, Call and Response, refers to emotional impulse driven by direct contact with the natural world.

In addition to the artists’ individual work, Mersky and Ivey present an experiment in collaborative work, drawing from a wide array of images, including specimens from BRIT’s Herbarium. These circular works embody the idea of Call and Response. Each of these pieces was sent back and forth between the artists with additions and deletions made in each studio using collage, printing, drawing, and painting.

About Art at BRIT

Art at BRIT offers two distinctive art viewing spaces: the elegant Madeline R. Samples Exhibit Hall and the smaller, more intimate Upper Atrium Collections Gallery. The Samples Exhibit Hall showcases botanical art and artwork dealing with topics such as ecology, plants, sustainability, conservation, and the natural world – we highlight work by local and national artists, both well-known and emerging. The Upper Atrium Collections Gallery features a rotation of botanical and nature-based prints from our Library collection, including The Arader Natural History Collection of Art. We honor and celebrate the traditional roots of botanical art, while also expanding and redefining the field for the 21st century.

During this time, we have online exhibitions for you to learn from and enjoy. Please click on the links below.