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

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.

The Perilous Adventures of Mark Dion Photographs

Upper Atrium Collections Gallery

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The Perilous Adventures of Mark Dion Photographs

Photographs on view are from the most recent book of Mark Dion's published in conjunction with his upcoming exhibition at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art The Perilous Texas Adventures of Mark Dion on view February 8, 2020 - May 17, 2020. This Library exhibition is part of an institutional collaboration between BRIT and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art (ACMAA).

The ACMAA sponsored Barney Lipscomb and Tiana Rehman to serve as botanical guides to West Texas for artist Mark Dion. Commissioned by the ACMAA, Mark—a contemporary artist who is part explorer, part historian, part naturalist, and part collector—has made a series of exploratory journeys through Texas that are inspired by four early naturalists/artists in Texas: Sarah Ann Lillie Hardinge (1824–1913), John James Audubon (1785–1851), Frank Law Olmsted (1822–1903), and Charles Wright (1811–1885).

 

Upcoming Events

Gallery Night in the Garden

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This spring, BRIT and the Fort Worth Botanic Garden celebrate a new joint celebration: Gallery Night in the Garden, part of FWADA’s Spring Gallery Night on Saturday, March 28. This event is comprised of two discrete art exhibitions in two locations: BRIT's Samples Exhibit Hall and the Garden's Moncrief Garden Center. 

Samples Exhibit Hall

Join BRIT and Galerie Kornye West for The Collectors’ Show, a selection of quality, representational artworks. The Collectors’ Show features paintings by more than twenty-five award-winning artists who hail from across the United States and have consistently proven desirable among new and established collectors. The exhibition and sale run through April 24. This event is sponsored by Galerie Kornye West and hosted by BRIT. 

BRIT opens at 5 pm and the opening night reception begins at 6 pm. For more information, please contact Erin Starr White

Moncrief Garden Center

For this special exhibition of art at the Garden Center, curator Martha Cox brings together the work of two talented representational artists interested in the natural world: Barbara Mason, a nationally renowned pastel artist from Frisco,TX and Marla Sheft, a dry brush watercolorist from Weatherford, TX.  Additionally, several student artists from Imagination Fort Worth’s Summer Academy for Figural Art will have work on display. 

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BRIT is a friend of the Fort Worth Art Dealer’s Association and a proud participant in its bi-annual Gallery Night, a Fort Worth institution highlighting our rich fine art community. Visit BRIT's distinctive gallery space and enjoy nature-related art. We typically feature exhibitions by area artists whose work celebrates and draws attention to the botanical world, conservation, ecology, and the beauty of nature. Spring Gallery Night in is March and Fall Gallery Night is in September, with both events free and open to the public.

Botanical Art Collective Summer Show

The Madeline R. Samples Exhibit Hall

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Opening Reception: Thursday, June 18 (6 – 8 pm)

Join us for the newest summer show from the Botanical Art Collective of North Central Texas, juried by curator Erin Starr White. The artists represented 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. 

Artists will be in attendance at the reception and available for questions and conversation. 

Past Events