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

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 […]
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Past Events

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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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August 2021
As a part of our campus-wide celebration of Texas Hispanic culture and creativity this October, Celebramos!, we are proud to feature selections of craft and folk art from the Museum of the Americas. This exhibition, which features plant-based pieces such as functional basketry, native Mexican amate bark painting, and Zapotec woven rugs made with natural […]
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March 2021
FWBG | BRIT is proud to showcase a wealth of plant-inspired art by regional and international artists. Visit the BRIT building to see the verdant paintings of Texas-based artists Brenda Ciardiello and Camille Warmington in the Samples Exhibit Hall, then venture upstairs to enjoy an exhibition of historical botanical art of the 16th – 19th centuries.
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Twenty-twenty was a year of tumult, isolation, and upheaval. The instability which pushed us away from each other also serendipitously pushed many of us back into the arms of humanity’s great muse and long-time comfort: the natural world. Artists, in particular, have always sought inspiration and solace...
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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