FWBG | BRIT Art Exhibitions

Madeline R. Samples Exhibit Hall, Upper Atrium Collections Gallery & Outdoor Sculpture

FWBG | BRIT presents a variety of venues across our campus in which to enjoy art related to, and in, nature. 

The BRIT building offers two distinctive art viewing spaces in the BRIT building: 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.

Art can also be enjoyed throughout The Garden, with permanent outdoor sculpture installed along our many groves, paths, and clearings. We occasionally welcome contemporary sculptors to install large-scale artworks in our gardens for visitors to enjoy and reflect upon. 

Program Information

Admission to the BRIT building is free for all. Admission to The Garden is always free for members; non-members may purchase tickets here

Point of Contact

Erin Starr White

Community Education Manager

FWBG | BRIT presents a variety of venues across our campus in which to enjoy art related to, and in, nature. 

The BRIT building offers two distinctive art viewing spaces in the BRIT building: 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.

Art can also be enjoyed throughout The Garden, with permanent outdoor sculpture installed along our many groves, paths, and clearings. We occasionally welcome contemporary sculptors to install large-scale artworks in our gardens for visitors to enjoy and reflect upon. 

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.

See past, current, and upcoming exhibitions in the Upper Atrium Collections Gallery here

View the online exhibition of the Arader Natural History Collection of Art

Mark Catesby, Convolvulus carolinensis, plate 35 from volume I of The natural history of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands by Mark Catesby (London, 1731).
Travelling under the auspices of the Royal Society, the English naturalist Mark Catesby (1683-1749) recorded the earliest scientific descriptions of the flora and fauna of the New World. He was the first naturalist to use folio-sized color plates in a natural history book, and etched the copper plates himself before hand-coloring each individual print with watercolors. Volume I of his monumental Natural History appeared in 1731, leading to Catesby’s election to the Fellowship of the Royal Society two years later. - courtesy The Royal Society

Art in the Garden

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Fort Worth Botanic Garden I BRIT is a 115-acre living museum, containing plants from around the world as well as an extensive sculpture collection installed amidst the beauty of our gardens. We hold over thirty pieces of outdoor sculpture, including artists such as Gene Owens, Glenna Goodacre, Cameron Schoepp, Chris Powell, Charles T. Williams, and Patrick Dougherty.

Monthly docent-guided tours of our outdoor sculpture collection are available the first Saturday of each month, with capacity at 15 participants. First-come, first-served. 

 
Charles T. Williams, Solar Disk, 1964, stainless steel, Collection Fort Worth Botanic Garden I Botanical Research Institute of Texas

Playin' Hooky by Patrick Dougherty

Fuller Garden

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We welcomed nationally acclaimed artist Patrick Dougherty during the month of February to form a unique piece for The Garden. Dougherty and his team of FWBG I BRIT volunteers used mostly American elm and roughleaf dogwood to weave, twist, and shape a one-of-a-kind sculpture in the Fuller Garden. Our sculpture, Playin' Hooky, has a windswept look and functions as a maze that people of all ages can wind their way through. This installation will stay in place until it deteriorates, usually a year or two. Visit The Garden to experience this unique stickwork nestled in the shaded paths and lush foliage of one of our most well-loved gardens. 

Admission to The Garden is always free for members. Non-members may purchase tickets here. This installation is as permanent as its materials will allow; the natural life of the piece is understood to last from 1 -2 years. In the spirit of conservation, we ask that you interact with the sculpture in a respectful manner, refraining from contact that would degrade its structure and materials. 

View a short documentary on the making of the piece.

About the Artist:

Patrick Dougherty earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of North Carolina and a master’s in hospital and health administration from the University of Iowa. Later, he returned to the University of North Carolina to study art history and sculpture. Dougherty has created more than 250 installations, with works exhibited at the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery, Washington, D.C.; the Mint Museum, North Carolina; the Castle of the Dukes of Brittany, France and the American Embassy in Belgrade, Serbia.

Dougherty's son, Sam Dougherty, has been his full-time construction assistant since June 2016. Sam earned his bachelor’s degree from Warren Wilson College with ceramics as his special interest.  He is an avid gardener and tree lover and has a homestead in Stokes County, NC. The younger Dougherty has developed into an expert stickworker, with his signature found on every sculpture, especially in the rolled top edges.

Playin' Hooky (2021). Photo: Rachel Delira

Of the Land: Two Artists Find Renewal in Nature

Madeleine R. Samples Exhibit Hall

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Twenty-twenty was a year of tumult, isolation, and upheaval. The instability which separated us  serendipitously guided many back into the arms of humanity’s great muse and long-time comfort: the natural world. Staring deep uncertainty in the face, what was once an abiding aesthetic appreciation of nature has become an existential reminder: we are of the land.

In this exhibition Brenda Ciardiello and Camille Warmington share their visual meditations on finding such renewal in nature. Both artists create immersive natural scenes exploring personal connections to nature using original photographs they take while traveling. These contemporary botanical scenes are striking and meditative; using perspective and abstraction, they ask questions about humanity’s place in nature, and how we can work to better coexist with ourselves and other species.

The opening of this exhibition will be celebrated during Spring Gallery Night, Saturday, March 27 (3 - 7 pm). Artists Brenda Ciardiello and Camille Warmington will be available to visit and talk with small groups about their respective work. Along with reduced gallery capacity, social distancing and masks are required.

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B. Ciardiello, Which Way Is Up, 2020
B. Ciardiello, Which Way is Up, November 2020
Brenda Ciardiello
B. Ciardiello, We Are Water, November 2020
Camille Warmington
C. Warmington, Naoshima Fernscape No. 1, 2020
Camille Warmington
C. Warmington, Gulf Coast Groundscape No. 4, 2020

About the Artists:

Brenda Ciardiello is a Mexican-American artist and poet who paints contemporary landscapes, botanicals, and abstract art that deal with themes of personal connection to nature, as inspired by her travels. Almost all of her work focuses on using the unpredictable nature of water to depict the unique interplay of color, light and texture in otherwise fleeting elements: water, clouds, and flora. Brenda is heavily influenced by her bicultural and international experience of the world. Born in Mexico City but raised in Texas, she has also lived / studied in Mexico, Italy, the U.K., New York City, New England, the Rocky Mountains and the Middle East and, as part of her process, travels whenever possible to capture original source imagery for her work. Brenda currently lives and works in Fort Worth, Texas. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Classical Civilizations from the University of Notre Dame, as well as a Master of Science in Education from The City College of New York. She is a 2021 Carter Community Artist with the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth. Her work can be found at her website

Camille Warmington is a painter whose work reflects on artifacts and their connection to memory and mortality, place and presence. She studied painting at the Glassell School of Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and earned a Bachelor of Interior Architecture from Kansas State University. Her paintings have appeared in national, regional, and local juried exhibitions, been featured in New American Paintings, and received a Hunting Prize nomination. A mother of three, Warmington was born in Massachusetts, grew-up in Dallas, and lives and works in Houston, Texas. Her work can be found at her website

 
Image courtesy Camille Warmington - Gulf Coast Groundscape No. 4, 2020, Acrylic on 9 Clayboard panels, 34 x 43 overall 

 

Upcoming Events

Texas Bee Oasis

Fuller Garden

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Dallas-based artist Jen Rose crafts tiny sculpture that is not only beautiful, it helps equally tiny pollinators as they go about their work of supporting plants and our ecosystems. These sculptures, called bee cups, are eco-friendly watering stations made from tiny hollow porcelain cones that resemble colorful flowers. Each one collects a few drops of water from the sprinkler or rain and provides a bee-friendly resting station for active pollinators. Placing the bee cups together in groupings, called an “Oasis,” the installations range from a colorful whimsical arrangement of a dozen or so, to a stunning ombre gradiant of over 500.

Rose began experimenting with the bee cup concept in 2019, curious about questions like “do bees have toes?” and “how long is a bee tongue?” “Pollinating insects are so vital to our ecosystem that I wanted to design something truly helpful, and not cause unintentional harm,” Rose said, explaining the motivation for her research and creative process. The final design holds a maximum of 1 cc of liquid, allowing for evaporation by the evening hours, eliminating the risk of mosquito breeding. The interior of each cup is embossed with ridges. “This gives the bees something to grip onto as they are drinking, much like a shower mat, to prevents falls,” Rose explains.

The Garden's original installation, Texas Bee Oasis, is made of over 2,000 bee cups. Its location in the Fuller Garden gives respite and water to our Garden pollinators, as well as beauty and joy to our visitors. 

Bee cups will be sold in the Trellis Shop and BRIT gift shops – they make beautiful additions to your own garden while supporting ecological health and diversity. 

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