Art at BRIT

The Madeline R. Samples Exhibit Hall & Welcome Center Gallery

Art at BRIT offers two distinctive art viewing spaces: the elegant Madeline R. Samples Exhibit Hall and the smaller, more intimate Welcome Center 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 Welcome Center 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.

Interested in exhibiting at BRIT? Please send an email to ewhite@brit.org with the subject ART SUBMISSION. 

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 Welcome Center 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 Welcome Center 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.

Interested in exhibiting at BRIT? Please send an email to ewhite@brit.org with the subject ART SUBMISSION. 

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

Past Events