The Discovery Gallery

We are proud to showcase some of the best art in Dallas at the Discovery Gallery. With exhibits rotating bi-monthly, there's always something new to see. Artworks are available for purchase in our gift shop. Visit us and explore the current artist's collection. There's so much to discover at Texas Discovery Gardens!

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The Discovery Gallery

Our art exhibitions highlight environmental topics like organics, recycling, and sustainability. Carefully selected artists and exhibits align with the Gardens' mission, offering new perspectives on our connection to nature.

The Discovery Gallery is open to the public and a popular stop for school field trips. Many students, even those less interested in science or the butterfly house, become enthusiastic and curious in the gallery, engaging deeply with the exhibits.

Most of our exhibits feature art available for purchase.

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CURRENT ART

Nature, Inside & Out

By Karen Jacobi

UPCOMING ART Garden Meditations - Drawings, Prints, and Paintings by Krystal Read

ARTIST BIO

Krystal Read uses various techniques like drawing, painting, and printmaking to create vibrant artworks full of color, shapes, and patterns. She begins her process with sketches made at different gardens, capturing the lively essence of these environments. These moments of reflection inspire her to create pieces that deconstruct and reconstruct nature.

Krystal holds an MFA in printmaking from the University of Dallas and a BA from Smith College. She has received grants and participated in artist residencies in places like Marfa, Taos, and Beverly, Massachusetts, which have fueled her creative inspiration. She has taught at local colleges, served on the Meadows Museum Teacher Advisory Council, and now teaches art full-time at her alma mater, Booker T. Washington High School.

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PERMANENT ART

Murals - EarthKeepers Multipurpose Room

Laney Green, former Greenhouse intern and entrant in our 2017 Mural Contest, installed a mural in our EarthKeepers Multipurpose Room in late August 2017. The mural covers 4 of the Texas eco-regions. Her design can be seen by all the school groups, scouts and summer campers that attend educational programs at Texas Discovery Gardens.

Outdoor Art

Areli Duran, an entrant in our 2017 Mural Contest, installed two murals in early August 2017. The murals cover the outdoor restrooms by the Greenhouse. The designs are visible from our new Hummingbird Garden.

Sculptures - Metal Butterflies by Byron Zarrabi

These unique welded butterfly sculptures can be found all around our front entrance.

Flap Your Wings by Pascale Pryor

This sculpture can be found between the Master Gardeners' Garden and the Shakespeare Garden. The perfect photo op!

The Gossip by Bjorn Wiinblad

Donated by Mr. and Mrs. Trammell S. Crow

Wiinblad (1918-2006) was a Danish painter, designer, and artist in ceramics, silver, bronze, textiles, and graphics. This sculpture can be found whispering to the trees in the Herkimer Overlook.

City of Dallas Public Art Program

Imago

“Imago,” a series of elegant hand-blown glass and steel hanging sculptures depicting the natural world, was installed September 2011 in our two-story lobby. Vancouver artists Michael Vandermeer and Cheryl Hamilton, with i.e. creative, had been fabricating pieces for the sculpture for a whole year.

Enter the vestibule of the Texas Discovery Gardens and look up to see the Flower Blossoms, the first of seven sculptures designed by ie creative depicting themes from the world of the insect biosphere that make up our newest public art installation, Imago.

Seven floating sculptures are made of hand blown glass flowers attached to polished stainless steel stems wrapped with wisps of mirror polished grass.

About ie creative:

The artist team, ie creative, works in a studio on Vancouver’s Granville Island, home to a large community of artists as well as the Emily Carr University of Art and Design. Cheryl Hamilton is a conceptual artist with training in the technique of glass blowing from Alberta’s Red Deer College and Seattle’s Pilchuck Glass School. Her skills in glass forming have created magnificent and elegant floral forms in this commission.

Michael Vandermeer is a sculptor whose current artistic practice is informed by his training in Nuclear Physics and he continues to combine his remarkable aptitude for engineering, metallurgy, electronics and chemistry with his art.

About City of Dallas Public Art Program

The City of Dallas Public Art Program was established by ordinance in 1988. The ordinance provides that all appropriations for the City capital improvement projects include an amount ranging from .75% to 1.5% of the total project appropriation to be used for the design services of artists and the commissioning of artwork. Since its inception, the Public Art Program has been administered by the City's Office of Cultural Affairs and more than 80 public art projects have been commissioned and installed in Dallas For more information about the City of Dallas Public Art Program, consult the Office of Cultural Affairs.

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