The Madeline R. Samples Exhibit Hall

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: 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, as many pieces of sculpture live in the landscape. We occasionally welcome contemporary sculptors to install large-scale artworks in our gardens for visitors to enjoy and reflect upon. 

Adjacent image courtesy Carol Benson

Upcoming Events

February 2023

With works spanning back almost 500 years, “The Opulence of Orchids” features contemporary and historical depictions of orchids in conjunction with the Fort Worth Botanic Garden’s “World of Orchids” display. This selection of artworks includes watercolor paintings, pen and ink drawings, and lithographs from BRIT Library’s Arader Natural History Collection of Art as well as […]

Feb 13 2023 - Jun 09 2023
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With works spanning back almost 500 years, “The Opulence of Orchids” features contemporary and historical depictions of orchids in conjunction with the Fort Worth Botanic Garden’s “World of Orchids” display. This selection of artworks includes watercolor paintings, pen and ink drawings, and lithographs from BRIT Library’s Arader Natural History Collection of Art as well as […]

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Opening reception and panel discussion: Feb 17, 2023, at 7:00 p.m. Fort Worth Spring Gallery Night stop: March 25, 2023, time TBD Dornith Doherty: Illuminations: Past, Present, and Future of Fern Research is a tripartite environmental art exhibition emerging from a research-based creative collaboration with Dr. Alejandra Vasco, Research Botanist, Ana Niño, Librarian, and Tiana […]

Feb 17 2023 - Jun 30 2023
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Opening reception and panel discussion: Feb 17, 2023, at 7:00 p.m. Fort Worth Spring Gallery Night stop: March 25, 2023, time TBD Dornith Doherty: Illuminations: Past, Present, and Future of Fern Research is a tripartite environmental art exhibition emerging from a research-based creative collaboration with Dr. Alejandra Vasco, Research Botanist, Ana Niño, Librarian, and Tiana […]

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Come celebrate the opening of Dornith Doherty’s Illuminations: Past, Present, and Future of Fern Research in the Madeline R. Samples Exhibit Hall.  This event is open to all with no registration required. Dornith Doherty: Illuminations: Past, Present, and Future of Fern Research is a tripartite environmental art exhibition emerging from a research-based creative collaboration with […]

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Come celebrate the opening of Dornith Doherty’s Illuminations: Past, Present, and Future of Fern Research in the Madeline R. Samples Exhibit Hall.  This event is open to all with no registration required. Dornith Doherty: Illuminations: Past, Present, and Future of Fern Research is a tripartite environmental art exhibition emerging from a research-based creative collaboration with […]

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March 2023

Fort Worth Botanic Garden and Botanical Research Institute of Texas are thrilled to participate as a Fort Worth Spring Gallery Night stop!  Fort Worth Gallery Night is hosted by the Fort Worth Art Dealers Association. Join us at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) for Dornith Doherty: Illuminations: Past, Present, and Future of Fern […]

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Fort Worth Botanic Garden and Botanical Research Institute of Texas are thrilled to participate as a Fort Worth Spring Gallery Night stop!  Fort Worth Gallery Night is hosted by the Fort Worth Art Dealers Association. Join us at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) for Dornith Doherty: Illuminations: Past, Present, and Future of Fern […]

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Past Events

September 2022

With works spanning back 300 years, “Flora of Latin America” features contemporary and historical depictions of plants native to the Latin American world.  This selection of artworks includes watercolor paintings, pen and ink drawings, lithographs, and other types of prints, all hailing from BRIT Library’s Arader Natural History Collection of Art and from botanical artists’ […]

Sep 15 2022 - Nov 30 2022

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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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With works spanning back 300 years, “Flora of Latin America” features contemporary and historical depictions of plants native to the Latin American world.  This selection of artworks includes watercolor paintings, pen and ink drawings, lithographs, and other types of prints, all hailing from BRIT Library’s Arader Natural History Collection of Art and from botanical artists’ […]

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The Fort Worth Weavers Guild (FWWG)  invites you to attend an exhibition displaying beautiful woven art created by fiber artists from across the state of Texas. The exhibition is titled Texas Botanicals in Warp and Weft and presents a unique opportunity to see native Texas botanicals as the source of inspiration for handwoven pieces. What […]

Sep 09 2022 - Dec 20 2022

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5:30 pm - 4:00 pm
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The Fort Worth Weavers Guild (FWWG)  invites you to attend an exhibition displaying beautiful woven art created by fiber artists from across the state of Texas. The exhibition is titled Texas Botanicals in Warp and Weft and presents a unique opportunity to see native Texas botanicals as the source of inspiration for handwoven pieces. What […]

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April 2022

Do you appreciate Texas plants in bloom? BRIT Library’s latest art exhibition, Traveling through Texas’ Treasures, features watercolor paintings of Texas native plants by botanical artist Marie Wesby.  Many of these paintings would go on to be included in Wesby’s A Treasury of Texas Flora (2001), a comprehensive book detailing many native Texas plants’ growing seasons and […]

Apr 01 2022 - Jun 30 2022

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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Do you appreciate Texas plants in bloom? BRIT Library’s latest art exhibition, Traveling through Texas’ Treasures, features watercolor paintings of Texas native plants by botanical artist Marie Wesby.  Many of these paintings would go on to be included in Wesby’s A Treasury of Texas Flora (2001), a comprehensive book detailing many native Texas plants’ growing seasons and […]

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March 2022

Join us to celebrate our current exhibition, Erika Huddleston: Prairie. The artist will be in attendance and give an insightful talk about her time painting our pocket prairie and the powers of observation. Prairie walks are encouraged. This event is open to all, with no registration required. Image courtesy Artspace 111, Erika Huddleston, Landscape Recording […]

Mar 03 2022

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5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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Join us to celebrate our current exhibition, Erika Huddleston: Prairie. The artist will be in attendance and give an insightful talk about her time painting our pocket prairie and the powers of observation. Prairie walks are encouraged. This event is open to all, with no registration required. Image courtesy Artspace 111, Erika Huddleston, Landscape Recording […]

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January 2022

Artist talk and reception: March 3 (5:30-7:30 pm) Erika Huddleston’s paintings take site and place as their subjects, specifically nature in urban public settings. Her oil paintings of the natural world stem from her training in landscape architecture; she investigates how people use outdoor space to better understand how observing changing natural processes in urban park […]

Jan 27 2022 - May 13 2022

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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Artist talk and reception: March 3 (5:30-7:30 pm) Erika Huddleston’s paintings take site and place as their subjects, specifically nature in urban public settings. Her oil paintings of the natural world stem from her training in landscape architecture; she investigates how people use outdoor space to better understand how observing changing natural processes in urban park […]

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November 2021

Imagine the many plants that populated the Aztec empire – its cities, courtyards, and countryside. Flora and fauna had deep meaning in the lives of the Aztecs: flower gardens were ubiquitous; large sculptures of plants abounded; and plants were used to make fibers for a variety of items, both utilitarian and artistic. While much of […]

Nov 15 2021 - Jan 14 2022

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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Imagine the many plants that populated the Aztec empire – its cities, courtyards, and countryside. Flora and fauna had deep meaning in the lives of the Aztecs: flower gardens were ubiquitous; large sculptures of plants abounded; and plants were used to make fibers for a variety of items, both utilitarian and artistic. While much of […]

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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
Director of Community Education