Naturally Inspired Paint Out

Apr 06

Naturally Inspired Paint Out

8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Presented by The Great Frame Up Downtown
Artist Application

Experience the Zoo through the eyes of artists — both human and animal — during our Naturally Inspired Paint Out Day!

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. ​To apply, please return your completed application form​ by 5pm Feb. 22, 2019.

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 or 317-630-2046.​

Junior Paint Out

Youth ages 9-12 years can get inspired and explore their creative side with the new Junior Paint Out. Participants will create a group art piece as well as individual works. The group art piece will be on display to the public in our summer-long show in the Schaefer Rotunda at White River Gardens, and auctioned off to benefit the Zoo at our annual Naturally Inspired Silent Auction and Artists’ Reception presented by The Great Frame Up Downtown.​​