​​​​Naturally Inspired Paint Out presented by The Great Frame Up Broad Ripple & Downtown

Art Show: June 1-Aug. 24 • Silent Auction: Aug. 25  ​5:30-7:30 pm​

For Enthusiasts

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.

New this year, guests can enjoy free, hands-on guided art activities at 11am and 1pm at the ring-tailed lemur exhibit, led by graduate students from the Herron School of Art + Design at IUPUI. 

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 membership@indyzoo.com or 317-630-2046.

For Juniors

New this year is the Junior Paint Out for 8-12 year olds from 9am-noon. Registration is required. Learn more and register.

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. 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.