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.

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.

Current Events

Botanical Art Worldwide: America’s Flora

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A reception with ASBA Director of Exhibitions, Carol Woodin, will be held Saturday, October 5 from 1-3 pm. Ms. Woodin will present her remarks and a gallery tour at 1 pm, with a dessert and coffee reception to follow. All are welcome to attend. 

BRIT is proud to host the landmark exhibition, Botanical Art Worldwide: America’s Flora, as part of a worldwide project organized by the American Society of Botanical Artists. America’s Flora features original works by contemporary American artists portraying plants native to the United States and is one of many national exhibitions launched simultaneously in 25 countries on six continents.

Working in collaboration with the US Botanic Garden, the exhibition includes plants from around the US, from cacti to woodland wildflowers to trees. The work shown in this exhibition represents only a small percentage of the estimated 20,000+ plant species in North America. Although a small percentage, subjects range from species new to science and threatened with extinction, to those that are quite widespread and familiar. Members of the American Society of Botanical Artists worked over four years on the project, creating 240 images of U.S. native plants. Forty-six 46 works were selected by jurors featuring plants from around the country, including the flowering dogwood of East Texas, saguaro cactus from the desert southwest, bigleaf maple from the west coast, and numerous species of the  eastern U.S. Familiar plants are shown, including sunflowers and violets, as well as rare species such as lady’s-slipper orchids.

The artists in this exhibition have created works of art devoted to the indigenous plants of the U.S.A., while hundreds of artists around the world have depicted plants indigenous to their home countries. Each country will provide up to 40 images of works in their exhibitions to be compiled into a digital slide show that will be shown at BRIT.

The global Botanical Art Worldwide collaboration aims to increase appreciation and understanding of the world’s plant diversity (estimated at 400,000) and to link people with plants through botanical art. Art at BRIT shares this mission, with exhibitions of botanical art and artwork dealing with topics such as ecology, plants, sustainability, conservation, and the natural world. We honor and celebrate the traditional roots of botanical art, while also expanding and redefining the field for the 21st century.

BRIT gratefully acknowledges the generous support of our sponsors for Botanical Art Worldwide: America’s Flora.

Logos for: Frost Bank, American Society of Botanical Artists, United States Botanic Garden, Botanical Research Institute of Texas, Fort Worth Magazine

Emerging Artists: Herbarium on Canvas

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This fall, the BRIT herbarium hosted Texas Christian University painting professor Adam Fung's Beginning Painting class. Students toured the herbarium and spent time sketching examples from our extensive collection of approximately 1,445,000 plant specimens from around the world. After creating watercolor sketches, each student translated her work into a small oil painting. It is these paintings that make up Emerging Artists: Herbarium on Canvas, on view in the Welcome Center Gallery this fall. 

Come engage with and enjoy these creative translations of the botanical specimens at the heart of BRIT's mission. We are proud to showcase the artwork of such promising young TCU painters!

Taylor Cuozzo, 8 x 8", oil on canvas over panel, 2019

Upcoming Events

Young Artists: All Saints' Episcopal School

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All Saints’ Episcopal School of Fort Worth is delighted to showcase the art of its Upper School, Middle School, and Lower School art students, alumni, and art educators at BRIT's Madeline R. Samples Exhibit Hall. The art on view focuses on botanical subjects in a variety of media and styles. 

The All Saints’ Episcopal School of Fort Worth’s Visual Arts Program aims to motivate students to explore essential questions, which results in developing and expanding visual perception, aesthetic awareness, historic perspective, artistic skills, and techniques and critical thinking practices. Through a sequential, developmental curriculum alignment, which emphasizes critical thinking, students have the opportunity to learn and analyze works of art while gaining the skills of fine artisanship. The overall objective is for students to emerge with refined technical skills, a well-informed appreciation of the expression of others, and confidence to cultivate art reflecting their artistic vision.

Isabel Logan, Tree, 2019

Subjective Terrain

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The Botanical Research Institute of Texas is proud to host an exhibition of paintings by Fort Worth-based artists, Dennis and Daniel Blagg. Subjective Terrain showcases the grandeur of the Texas landscape through two unique artistic visions. Both contemporary landscape painters, Dennis Blagg paints the Big Bend region of West Texas and Daniel Blagg captures predominantly urban landscapes. Both painters look to the rich tradition of landscape painting for inspiration, while adding their concern for the safeguarding of the land that inspires them. 

Dennis Blagg’s painted vistas of the remote mountain desert of Big Bend, void of human presence, pulse with the vibrancy of mountains, flora, clouds, and sunlight. Due to the harsh climate of his chosen muse, he paints from photographs; an undeniable sense of place emerges from his canvases, at once subjective and universal. Daniel Blagg’s compositions of large-scale, old-fashioned neon signs set against sweeping views of open land and sky elicit curiosity – what is this place and what happened here? These vast, and by turns foreboding and sublime, views of the Texas landscape call to mind the relationship between humans and their environment. The viewer is left to make sense of just what that relationship might be. What has humankind subjected its environment to, and what stories do we tell ourselves about it?

Daniel Blagg, Fatherland, 2017, oil on panel, 24" x 48"

Past Events