Event Date

July 7 - August 17, 2017


Art at BRIT

Program Information

Free to the public.

Point of Contact

Erin Starr White

Community Education Manager

When it rains in the desert things come to life. This is nowhere truer than in Death Valley National Park. Throughout the Winter of 2015 and early Spring of 2016 the park experienced steady downfalls. When rain conditions are just right - about every ten years - the park experiences what is known as a "hyper bloom" - flowers come out in abundance. In February 2016, BRIT Resident Research Associate, Dr. Grace Bascopé, educator and photographer, Dr. Becky Watson, and BRIT volunteer, Dan Gruen, struck pure gold. They were able to witness and document what park rangers called a "mega hyper bloom" - an abundance of flowers seen only about every 100 years.

About Art at BRIT

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.