Event Date

June 3 - July 20, 2016


Art at BRIT

Program Information

Free to the public.

Point of Contact

Erin Starr White

Community Education Manager

BRIT's annual exhibit, The Hidden Gardens, curated by the research department, traces the roots of botanical collections in this region, displaying collections made by 19th century botanists such as Lindheimer, (Father of Texas Botany), Julius Reverchon, and Albert Ruth. The founder of the BRIT herbarium, Dr. Lloyd Shinners, is featured with his collections, along with Dr. Eula Whitehouse, known for her moss collections and for contributing to the BRIT botanical library while at SMU. The story of how Dr. Robert Kral, founder of the Vanderbilt herbarium collections, brought the collection of southeast plants to BRIT along with some of his collections, one of which has been identified as now extinct, is also featured. Visitors will see dried and pressed specimens from various subsections of the BRIT herbarium, examples of the various digital collections currently housed at BRIT, and specimens from our Mycology and Bryology collections. Research Associates Dr. Denis Benjamin and Dr. Harold Keller display exquisite watercolor art and a video along with their unique collections of fungi and slime molds. Adding even more interest are rare books and manuscripts from our collections along with many of the new publications from our current research staff. Join us this summer and enjoy a visit to our Hidden Gardens!

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.