The Discovery Gallery
Our art exhibitions bring to light environmental topics including organics, recycling, and sustainability. Artists and exhibitions are hand-picked to further the Gardens’ mission and reflect on our connection to nature in a different light.
The Discovery Gallery is open to the public, and school groups make a special trip through the space during their field trips. Often, kids who show less interest in the science classes or butterfly house light up when they walk through the gallery and ask question after question. It’s another way to reach out to young and old alike.
Our Curator, Brenda McKinney
Brenda McKinney was born in Beloit, Wisconsin. Raised in Dallas, Texas and working in Carrollton, Texas since 1999. McKinney earned her BFA in Fashion Design from the University of North Texas. After many years in the Fashion Industry she returned to school and earned her MFA in Painting from Texas Woman’s University. Her works crosses media from painting to fiber and small sculptural artworks.
Her work has been exhibited in the US and aboard including exhibitions at the Richmond Art Gallery Richmond, BC, Canada, the Dozsa Gyorgy Cultural Centre, Mill Gallery Nyiracsad, Hungary and her work was included in a traveling group exhibition to Spain, Sweden, Lithuania, Romania, and in Sicily, Italy.
She has won awards for her artwork, which have been published in both academic and popular culture venues. Her artwork is included in permanent collections in Texas including Texas Woman’s University, Institute of Health Sciences in Houston, Texas, UT Southwestern in Dallas, Texas and Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, Oncology Center and several prestigious private collections.
McKinney is an active advocate for the arts in the Dallas Area serving as the President of the Dallas Area Fiber Artist and past president to Texas Visual Arts Association. Currently she is acting as the curator to the Discovery Gallery at Texas Discovery Garden. She has been actively teaching art in the local university/colleges for over 10 years.
Founding Curator, Janet Reynolds
When Texas Discovery Gardens’ then-director, Melissa Martin, decided to further our mission of environmental education through art expression, she turned to longtime volunteer and supporter Janet Reynolds. The two worked together to present our inaugural exhibition during our Grand Opening Celebration for our Rosine Smith Sammons Butterfly House and Insectarium.
Janet and Melissa formed our art exhibition program, and Janet curated each show with creativity and dedication until 2016, when she moved to Arizona to start the next chapter in life. Her final show at Texas Discovery Gardens featured women who had been painting in her studio for more than a decade together.