​​​​Naturally Inspired Paint Out presented by The Great Frame Up of Indianapolis

Paint Out Day: April 25, 2015

Art Show: June 1-Aug. 26, 2015

Silent Auction and Artists' Reception: Aug. 27, 2015 • 5:30-7:30pm

For Artists

Each spring, the Zoo invites a group of 15 juried artists to make art "en plein air" (outdoors) at Naturally Inspired Paint Out Day. During this signature Zoo event, guests have a special opportunity to observe the artists as they turn a blank canvas or a hunk of clay into a truly extraordinary work of art inspired by the natural world, right on the Indianapolis Zoo's campus. Want to be a featured artist for 2015? Fill out our application form​ and submit it by March 2, 2015!

For Enthusiasts

After the paintings have dried and been professionally framed by The Great Frame Up, they will be displayed for the summer in the Schaefer Rotunda at White River Gardens. Plus, you also get to enjoy the works of some of our more artistically inclined animals. Who knows — you may see a penguin Picasso, a walrus Warhol, an elephant Escher and many others! You are then invited to attend a silent auction and artists' reception in the Hulman Riverhouse at the Gardens. Bid on your favorite work of art or just enjoy the show! One of the 15 talented artists will be awarded the Members Choice award. You'll also get to mingle with artists and other Zoo patrons, get after-hours access to the Hilbert Conservatory, with its beautiful views of downtown Indianapolis, and savor light hors d'oeuvres and wine. Reservations are required for the reception and silent auction, so call our Membership office at 317-630-2046 to RSVP.