Look for 2017 event details soon.
Each spring, the Zoo invites a group of 15 juried artists to make art "en plein air" (outdoors) at Naturally Inspired Paint Out Day. This signature Zoo event is a great opportunity to showcase your talents in front of thousands of Zoo patrons while also supporting the Zoo's mission of animal conservation.
Each spring, guests can experience the Zoo through the eyes of artists — both human and animal — at Naturally Inspired Paint Out Day! During this annual event, artists transform a blank canvas or a hunk of clay into a truly extraordinary work of art inspired by the natural world, right here at the Indianapolis Zoo and White River Gardens.
After the paintings have dried and been professionally framed by The Great Frame Up Broad Ripple & Downtown, they are 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!
See a painting or sculpture that you'd like to have at home? Then join us for the annual silent auction and artists' reception, held in the Hulman Riverhouse at the Gardens. Bid on your favorite artwork or just enjoy the show! 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. Plus, one of the 15 talented artists will receive the Members Choice award. Reservations are required for the reception and silent auction. For more information contact our Membership office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317-630-2046.
For the first time in 2016, we hosted guided art activities for 8-12 year olds as part of our Junior Paint Out. Look for additional details coming soon on how your aspiring artist can participate in 2017.