Art at BRIT

The Madeline R. Samples Exhibit Hall & Upper Atrium Collections Gallery

ALL ART EXHIBITIONS AND ONSITE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS AND VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES ARE SUSPENDED THROUGH April 22nd OR UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

To ensure the safety of our volunteers and guests, all art exhibitions, educational programming, and volunteer opportunities, including Butterflies in the Garden, are suspended through April 22nd. If the situation allows, we will reschedule programs for a later date. If you have questions or concerns, please email tfriday@brit.org. 

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.

Program Information

Free to the public.

Point of Contact

Erin Starr White

Community Education Manager

ALL ART EXHIBITIONS AND ONSITE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS AND VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES ARE SUSPENDED THROUGH April 22nd OR UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

To ensure the safety of our volunteers and guests, all art exhibitions, educational programming, and volunteer opportunities, including Butterflies in the Garden, are suspended through April 22nd. If the situation allows, we will reschedule programs for a later date. If you have questions or concerns, please email tfriday@brit.org. 

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.

Current Events

Selections from the Arader Natural History Collection of Art

Upper Atrium Collections Gallery

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Visit our Upper Atrium Collections gallery and enjoy a selection of pieces drawn from the at Arader Natural History Collection of Art at BRIT. As one of the newest additions to the Library, this collection celebrates art, science, and the beauty of plants and nature. The Arader Natural History Collection is approaching 2,000 pieces and includes fine original hand-colored stipple engravings along with lithographs, and chromolithographs of flora and fauna by artists such as Mark Catesby, P.J. Redouté, John Gould, Joseph Carson, and Johnann Wilhelm Weinmann, as well as original watercolor drawings commissioned by William Roxburgh, a Scottish botanist and founding father of Indian botany.

Botany is a profoundly visual discipline, dependent on observation to identify and classify specimens. These works of art, most of which are from the Age of Exploration and Discovery (18th and early 19th centuries), help to bring this field of science in focus and alive. These artworks tell the story of the plants and animals they depict, transmitting important information about the natural world in which we live.

Art Outdoors

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In addition to the art on display in BRIT's two fine art exhibition spaces, there is also art located on the BRIT and Botanic Garden grounds. These sculptures engage visitors with the natural landscape, delighting and offering food for thought. Whether it is the giant stone pollen grains and minimal bench forms by Fort Worth sculptor Cam Schoepp, temporary sculptural installations by artists such as Carol Benson, or student sculpture peppered along the Pollinator Pathway, outdoor sculpture is a special part of the BRIT and Garden experience.

Viewing hours: 8 am - 5 pm

The Perilous Adventures of Mark Dion Photographs

Upper Atrium Collections Gallery

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The Perilous Adventures of Mark Dion Photographs

Photographs on view are from the most recent book of Mark Dion's published in conjunction with his upcoming exhibition at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art The Perilous Texas Adventures of Mark Dion on view February 8, 2020 - May 17, 2020. This Library exhibition is part of an institutional collaboration between BRIT and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art (ACMAA).

The ACMAA sponsored Barney Lipscomb and Tiana Rehman to serve as botanical guides to West Texas for artist Mark Dion. Commissioned by the ACMAA, Mark—a contemporary artist who is part explorer, part historian, part naturalist, and part collector—has made a series of exploratory journeys through Texas that are inspired by four early naturalists/artists in Texas: Sarah Ann Lillie Hardinge (1824–1913), John James Audubon (1785–1851), Frank Law Olmsted (1822–1903), and Charles Wright (1811–1885).

 

Upcoming Events

Botanical Art Collective Summer Show

The Madeline R. Samples Exhibit Hall

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Opening Reception: Thursday, June 18 (6 – 8 pm)

Join us for the newest summer show from the Botanical Art Collective of North Central Texas, juried by curator Erin Starr White. The artists represented are inspired by plants and the natural world; their work celebrates the range of the genre of botanical art. The Collective is comprised of a community of artists interested in sharing, exploring, and expanding both the traditional and contemporary practice of botanical art and illustration. 

Artists will be in attendance at the reception and available for questions and conversation. 

Past Events