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.
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 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, 5:30-7:30pm on Thursday, Aug. 22, 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 email@example.com or 317-630-2046.
The creative young people in your life ages 9-12 years can get inspired at our Junior Paint Out program! They’ll learn from an artist, explore nature and let their imagination soar as they create their own work of art! The program is part of our annual art and nature series Naturally Inspired Paint Out presented by The Great Frame Up Downtown.