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.
MorphogenesisAugust 30 - December 7
In Barbara Attwell’s “Morphogenesis,” explore a biosphere of real and imagined creatures constructed of felted wool. Morphogenesis is the process that causes organisms to develop form - think roots, shoots, feelers, knobs, bumps, tentacles and tendrils. Attwell’s organic shapes are inspired by this process. Felting is the process of intentionally tangling wool into a solid form, either by needle or with soapy water.
Attwell began her art career with a scholarship to the Houston Museum of Fine Arts at age 9, followed with a BFA from the University of Texas. Her career includes numerous shows and awards, and her work unfolds in many formats, from CD covers to illustrations, exhibit fabrications, paintings, snow globes, and environmental sculptures.
Passionate about wildlife protection, Attwell’s current works are centered on the wisdom, beauty and plight of wild things. Outdoor sculptures invite all manner of creatures back into our world in a creative and integrated style. A 27-foot tall bat tower with a guano collection system for the garden was an award winner in the 2012 East Austin Studio Tours. Her oil paintings address our relationship to endangered species, and felted works celebrate the richness and depth of our biological heritage.
Attwell strives to reawaken the connectivity we have lost with the truly wild, believing that we are collectively lost on a path of overconsumption with an unbearable price tag – the loss of one species every 20 minutes.
Mix Media Constructions Glorifying NatureAugust 30 - January 31, 2015
Explore Cynthia Clerc’s art in the store. Using personal experiences along with found objects, Clerc’s mixed media constructions engage the viewer into a journey of nature's subtle beauty and its myriad of texture, patterns and colors. Her art is an expression of the strong affinity she has with the natural world and its endless path of discovery. With all the colors, shapes and energy conveyed in her paintings, she hopes to fascinate and excite the senses and help further an appreciation for the richness of our natural environment and its dynamic energy.
2014 Photo Contest ExhibitNovember 4 - 30, 2014
Fifteen winning photographs were selected during this year’s Wildflower Photo Contest in partnership with Texas Highways magazine and Precision Camera & Video. Come enjoy these images to be displayed in the McDermott Learning Center of wildflowers in Arizona, Michigan and Texas. The photographs represent exemplary compositions in color, black and white, with people and animals and more. They include a night-time photo and an image of a girl admiring bluebonnets that received more than 15,000 public votes. See more details.
Nature-inspired SculpturesThrough September
The Wildflower Center offers the amazing works of renowned sculptor John Christensen. His exhibit of 10 abstract nature-inspired works has been extended on the Center grounds through August 24. The Texan has completed large-scale public and private works on commission in Austin, Albuquerque, Miami and many other cities. His sculptures are made from resin, steel, bronze, limestone, concrete and other materials. The poetic works are inspired by natural science, metaphysics, literature and history.
Christensen earned a bachelor’s of fine arts from Virginia Commonwealth University and a master of fine arts from The University of Texas at Austin. Before 1990, he developed a body of site-sensitive work in rural landscapes of New York (where he was born), Georgia and Texas. Since 1990, he has focused that sensibility of projects for the theatre and the public space. He has created, in collaborations with choreographers, interactive props and theatrical environments for 21 productions presented in the Americas, Europe and Asia. Christensen has designed and built commercial spaces, and unique and production furniture.