Art at BRIT

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

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. 

Program Information

Free to the public.

Point of Contact

Erin Starr White

Community Education Manager

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. 

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.

View the Library's online exhibition of the Arader Natural History Collection of Art

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

Botanical Art Collective Summer Show

Virtual Exhibition

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Enjoy the newest summer (virtual) exhibition from the Botanical Art Collective of North Central Texas, juried by curator Erin Starr White. The artists represented in this virtual exhibition 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.

Selected artist interviews can be viewed here 

Many works are for sale; if you are interested in purchasing an artwork, send an email to ewhite@brit.org.

Maidenhair Fern, watercolor, 14 3/4X19 1/8 inches, $220
Roberta Smith, Maidenhair Fern, watercolor, 14 3/4 x 19 1/8 inches, $220

 

 

Roberta Smith, Ebony Spleenwort, watercolor, 14 3/4 x 18 3/4 " -- $220
Roberta Smith, Ebony Spleenwort, watercolor, 14 3/4 x 18 3/4", $220
Cathy Stein, Spider Orchids, photographic print on paper, 14 x 14", $85
Cathy Stein, Spider Orchids, photographic print on paper, 14 x 14", $85
Cathy Stein, American Beautyberry Squared, photographic print on paper, 14 x 14", $85
Cathy Stein, American Beautyberry Squared, photographic print on paper, 14 x 14", $85
Darla Bostick, Turquoise Tipped Agave, watercolor, ink, and wax on paper, 15 x 16", $975
Darla Bostick, Turquoise Tipped Agave, watercolor, ink, and wax on paper, 15 x 16", $975
Denis Benjamin, Iris 1, watercolor, 16 x 20", NFS
Denis Benjamin, Iris 1, watercolor, 16 x 20", $450
Denis Benjamin, Iris 2, watercolor, 11 x 14", NFS
Denis Benjamin, Iris 2, watercolor, 11 x 14", $450
Denis Benjamin, Musa velutina - pink bananas, watercolor, 20.5 x 28", NFS
Denis Benjamin, Musa velutina - pink bananas, watercolor, 20.5 x 28", $550
Lotus McElfish, The Ripening - Pecan (Carya illinoinensis), watercolor, 11 x 15", $495
Lotus McElfish, The Ripening - Pecan (Carya illinoinensis), watercolor, 11 x 15", $495
Lotus McElfish, Nature Walk, watercolor pencil and ink, 12 x 12", $145
Lotus McElfish, Nature Walk, watercolor pencil and ink, 12 x 12", $145
Lotus McElfish, Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii), graphite, 14 x 12", $375
Lotus McElfish, Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii), graphite, 14 x 12", $375
Judith Baker, Ghost Ranch Cottonwood, colored pencil, 12 x 16", NFS
Judith Baker, Ghost Ranch Cottonwood, colored pencil, 12 x 16", NFS
Margie Whittington, Thistle, watercolor, 16 x 20", $400
Margie Whittington, Thistle, watercolor, 16 x 20", $400
Margie Whittington, Magnolia, watercolor, 20 x 27", $500
Margie Whittington, Magnolia, watercolor, 20 x 27", $500
Glenna Janda, The Botanical Garden, oil on canvases (4), 40 x 32" overall, $1600
Glenna Janda, The Botanical Garden, oil on canvases (4), 40 x 32" overall, $1600
Kim Marvin, Bluebonnets Goh, oil on canvas, 14 x 18", $400
Kim Marvin, Bluebonnets Goh, oil on canvas, 14 x 18", $400
Kim Marvin, Wild Thistle, oil on canvas, 20 x 24", $400
Kim Marvin, Wild Thistle, oil on canvas, 20 x 24", $400
Ashley McGee, Lily, oil on canvas, 18 x 24", $1800
Ashley McGee, Lily, oil on canvas, 18 x 24", $1800
Ashley McGee, Cannas, oil on canvas, 30 x 24", $2200
Ashley McGee, Cannas, oil on canvas, 30 x 24", $2200
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Ashley McGee, Lotus, oil on canvas, 36 x 48", $3000
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Ashley McGee, Lotus, oil on canvas, 36 x 48", $3000
 
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Robyn Jorde, Live Oak Twig, watercolor, acrylic, and carbon pencil, 5 x 7", $78
Robyn Jorde, Live Oak Twig, watercolor, acrylic, and carbon pencil, 5 x 7", $78 (SOLD)
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Robyn Jorde, Jester, watercolor, acrylic, and graphite, 6 x 6", $82
Robyn Jorde, Jester, watercolor, acrylic, and graphite, 6 x 6", $82 (SOLD)
Jara Lang, After the Rains - The Mushrooms, oil on panel, 48 x 48 x 1.5", $1500
Jara Lang, After the Rains - The Mushrooms, oil on panel, 48 x 48 x 1.5", $1500
Jara Lang, To Bee or Not to Bee Unwanted, 48 x 48", oil on panel, $1500
Jara Lang, To Bee or Not to Bee Unwanted, 48 x 48", oil on panel, $1500
Jara Lang, Mom's Purple Iris, 11 x 14", colored pencil on paper, NFS
Jara Lang, Mom's Purple Iris, 11 x 14", colored pencil on paper, NFS
Marianna Alfaro, cactus flower pink, watercolor, 21 x 25", $400
Marianna Alfaro, cactus flower pink, watercolor, 21 x 25", $400
Marianna Alfaro, green cactus flower pink, watercolor, 25 x 26", $300
Marianna Alfaro, green cactus flower pink, watercolor, 25 x 26", $300

 

Upcoming Events

Drawing from Nature

New Work from Carol Benson

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Fall Gallery Night is scheduled for Saturday, September 12, contingent upon the abatement of the pandemic. 

Stay tuned for an online interview with the artist, as well as an online gallery tour. 

The Botanical Research Institute of Texas is proud to host an exhibition of paintings by Fort Worth-based artist Carol Benson. Titled Drawing from Nature, this exhibition is a meditation on the many ways one can draw from nature. From the fuzzy, brilliantly-colored, and highly sculptural folds of the Celosia plant (Cock's comb) to the varied leaves of the trees surrounding her home, Benson uses the geometry and beauty of plants to give viewers new ways of connecting with the natural world. While the subject matter of Benson's paintings is pulled from direct and keen observation of various plants and their flowers, her work also invites us to see the ways in which nature can sustain us. As we collectively and individually navigate this challenging moment in history, the paintings in this exhibition invite us to find new ways to incorporate the natural world into our lives, providing us with beauty, strength, and renewal. 

Carol Benson, Organic Shapes (Celosia), 2020, oil on wood, 56 x 44"

The Loom Botanical

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The Loom Botanical is a special showing of new handwoven pieces by members of the Fort Worth Weavers Guild. Guild members' handwoven pieces that are not only inspired by nature, but also include many botanic elements incorporated directly into the woven textiles. The works included in the exhibition utilize plant weaving materials and the use of plant-derived dyes.

The Fort Worth Weavers Guild was organized in 1955 and promotes the interest of weaving and encourages the highest standards of craftsmanship. All facets of weaving are explored, including different weave structures on the loom, dye processes, using varied equipment, and studying contemporary and historic weavers. Woven pieces created by members are widely varied and express many functions – from practical textiles to wall art.

A Best in Show award and two additional awards will be announced upon the opening of the exhibition. Given the realities of the pandemic, it is undetermined if an opening reception will be held.

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