Art and flowers deserve to be together all the time. The Wildflower Center hosts many exhibits featuring the work of Central Texas artists and photographers, as well as the work of prominent nature artists from around the world.
Relics in The Field Sculpture ExhibitSeptember 12 through May
As you walk the gardens of the Wildflower Center, keep an eye out for the intriguing works of Sun McColgin. The Austinite started sculpting after he moved to the city in the late 1980s to pursue an archeology degree. With the abstract sculptures of "Relics in The Field," he seeks to celebrate time's passage and the promise and beauty of the unseen forces of the future on the shape of things. His metal sculptures also serve as a metaphor for how fragile seemingly indestructible things can be. Look for Clovis and his other sculptures on the grounds through May 31.
Sky House Art PrintsThrough May
See local artist Judy Paul's richly layered, colorful collage paintings and prints at the Wildflower Center this spring. These imaginative multi-media works include birds sitting happily on tree limbs, butterflies fluttering about, and flowers and human figures wandering through imaginary environments. Paul will include several large-scale and some smaller works that incorporate acrylic paint, graphite, screen printing, collage and other approaches in her show running in the Store through May.
Colors of SpringMarch 26 through May 31
The popular 3-D works of artist Shou Ping return to the McDermott Learning Center this March. Plan to be amazed by her beautiful images of butterflies, wildflowers and other natural subjects. Shou Ping creates watercolor images, and then cuts them into amazing 3-D sculptures of natural subjects like you’ve never seen before. She has given demonstrations to dozens of art groups, schools and organizations in the state. And she has taken part in more than 50 art shows and received numerous awards.
Wild Thing Photo ExhibitApril 30 through May 30
As a part of the Center’s celebration of National Wildflower Week May 2-8, we have teamed up with Texas Highways to showcase a curated exhibit of wildflower photography. See select images in the McDermott Learning Center from professional photographers Theresa DiMenno, Rob Greebon, and Joe Lowery taken of blooming natives throughout the state. They will also have wildflower images in April’s issue of Texas Highways. Meet staff from the magazine at the exhibit the Saturday it opens, April 30.
FlorescenceJune 4 through August 21
Come enjoy the floral paintings of Andrew Stalder, who is a finalist this year for Texas’ Hunting Art Prize. A contemporary realist oil painter, his primary inspiration is the richly diverse subject matter of flowers – both cultivated and wild. His art is characterized by vibrant colors and dramatic, photorealistic compositions. Stalder has exhibited his art work in many solo and group exhibitions including one recently at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center, and at Miller Art Gallery in Cincinnati. He studied painting at the University of Dallas and Ohio University, and lives in Bedford, Texas, where he teaches art at Tarrant College. See his exhibit in the McDermott Learning Center starting in early June.
NaturescapesJune 4 through August 28
Enjoy an art exhibit by Ana Lisa Leal in the Store into late August. The Texan has focused professionally on Southwest landscapes and subjects since 2011, and began working almost exclusively in soft pastels two years later. Of her current exhibit influenced by recent droughts, she says: “There is a stark yet rich beauty in xeric gardens and her inhabitants that draw me. The odd beauty of a cactus – prickly, spiny, difficult to touch … The line and undulation of the agave leaf. The poignant beauty of the agave flower - the last hurrah before her eventual demise. Those are the best paintings – the reflection of nature’s spirit in all of us.” Leal is the spring 2016 Wildflower Days™ artist at the Center, and her selected image will be available in the Store on T-shirts and art prints.