Botanical Art Blooms at BRIT

September 24, 2019

BRIT continues to celebrate its Year of Botanical Art with an exhibition organized by the American Society of Botanical Artists

The Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT®) invites the community to be part of a worldwide artistic appreciation of native plants with the exhibition “Botanical Art Worldwide: America’s Flora” Sept. 26 through Nov. 27.

BRIT is one of just four venues in the United States for the exhibition, which was organized by the United States Botanic Garden and the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA). BRIT will host a reception with ASBA Director of Exhibitions Carol Woodin on Saturday, Oct. 5 from 1 to 3 p.m. Ms. Woodin will introduce the exhibition and lead a gallery tour at 1 p.m., with a complimentary dessert and coffee reception to follow. The program is free and open to the public.

On display at BRIT will be 46 artworks depicting native plants from across the U.S., including flowering dogwoods from East Texas, saguaro cacti from the desert southwest and bigleaf maples from the west coast. The plants range from the everyday and familiar, such as sunflowers, to the rare and endangered, such as lady's-slipper orchids. Goals of the program include increasing appreciation and understanding of the world's plant diversity and raising awareness about botanical art worldwide.

“Botanical art draws attention to the value plants bring to life, while also raising awareness for the BRIT conservation, research and education mission,” said Ed Schneider, PhD, BRIT president and executive director. “It draws people in who might otherwise never look our way.”

The American Society of Botanical Artists has worked for four years on “America’s Flora,” helping its members create 240 images of native U.S. plants. A jury of botanical artists and botanists selected 46 works for the exhibition.

“We are fortunate to have access to a juried exhibition of this caliber, which features beautiful examples of botanical art,” said Erin Starr White, BRIT community education manager. “This is a unique opportunity for BRIT, and a fantastic way to wrap up our Year of Botanical Art.”

BRIT has focused on botanical art throughout 2019, with multiple exhibitions of plant-based art including displays by Houston-based artist Elizabeth Sage McLaurin and the 2019 International Award of Excellence in Conservation honoree Dr. Shirley Sherwood.


Leave A Response

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
  • Web page addresses and email addresses turn into links automatically.

Related Articles

BRIT Names 2016 Recipient of International Award of Excellence in Conservation

by Chris Chilton
Carter Smith, Executive Director of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to receive BRIT’s conservation award FORT WORTH, Texas – Carter Smith, executive director of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) and BRIT’s 2016 recipient of the International Award of Excellence in Conservation, is passionate about the great outdoors. He’s championed the Children & Nature Network movement in Texas, and he’s been extremely active in the realms of private lands stewardship, invasive species issues, coastal conservation, and acquisition of new park land for state parks and wildlife management areas. As executive director of TPWD, a position he’s held since 2008, Smith is responsible for overseeing an agency of 3,100 professionals in 11 different divisions, including Wildlife, State Parks,...
Read More >

Texas Artist’s Exhibition Offers Rare Glimpse of Historic Native Texas Prairie

FORT WORTH, TEXAS, May 1, 2016 — The Nature of Things: Daphne Prairie , an exhibition of new paintings and drawings by Texas artist Deborah Paris, will give the Fort Worth public a rare opportunity to see depictions of the untouched and historic Daphne Prairie. The exhibition will pop-up September 10–October 20 at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT). An opening reception with hors d’oeuvres and libations will be held on Fall Gallery Night, Saturday, September 10, from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. A gallery talk by the artist will take place September 10 at 6:00 p.m. The show will include twenty-five oil paintings that reveal the open yet intimate space found in North Texas’ Daphne Prairie—one of the state’s largest remaining tallgrass prairies. The pieces range from large-scale landscape...
Read More >

BRIT Teams with Tarleton State University to Build Habitat Maps of 57 Central Texas Rare Plant Species

by Chris Chilton
TxDOT will use maps to find, protect rare plants along Texas highways FORT WORTH, Texas – The Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT®), Tarleton State University, and the Texas Department of Transportation are teaming together to document rare plant species that may potentially exist within TxDOT rights-of-way in 23 counties in the Waco and Austin districts of Central Texas. Through a TxDOT grant, Tarleton and BRIT will research and build habitat maps for 57 of the 81 Edwards Plateau rare plant species. The work includes identifying, documenting, and mapping areas where these rare species most likely occur. TxDOT will use these maps to improve the department’s ability to protect the rare species, which grow along Texas highways. For several of these species, roadsides represent a sign...
Read More >

Yealands Family Wines of New Zealand Wins Top Honors in BRIT’s 2017 Sustainable Winegrowing Competition

by Chris Chilton
Seven Additional Wineries from France, Italy, Spain, Argentina and the U.S. Receive Medals for Their Outstanding Ground-to-Glass Sustainability Programs FORT WORTH, Texas – The Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT®) is pleased to announce the winners in its 2017 International Award of Excellence in Sustainable Winegrowing competition. The platinum medal goes to Yealands Family Wines (Yealands) of Marlborough, New Zealand, based on the winery’s on-going programs that address the three elements of sustainability: environmental, economic, social – and of course, how well the wine itself tastes. Yealands’ achievements in sustainability include being the world’s first winery certified carboNZeroCertTM as well as operating New Zealand’s largest solar array: generating over 411 kilowatts o...
Read More >