Each year, the Zoo invites a group of 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.
We're accepting applications now for our 2021 Naturally Inspired Paint Out. Showcase your wild talents while supporting our animals and conservation programs. For consideration, submit your completed application form by Feb. 26, 2021.
After the artworks are complete and been professionally framed by The Great Frame Up Downtown, see them alongside 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!
The colorful creations from the Naturally Inspired Paint Out will be displayed throughout the summer inside the Schaefer Rotunda in White River Gardens. There, the artworks are a perfect compliment to the warm earth tones of the stone on the walls and floor.
At anytime of year, you can view beautiful art inspired by the outdoors. Visit the Rotunda and look up to take in the spectacular circular mural depicting Indiana’s agricultural heritage throughout the changing seasons. Painted in 1999 by Miami-based muralist Andrew Reid, “Midwestern Panorama” is a two-part masterpiece that wraps the Rotunda with 160 feet of seamless artwork.
Special thanks to Bob and Cheryl Sparks for their generous gift that funded this piece of public art.
See a painting or sculpture that you’d like to have at home? Join us for our Naturally Inspired Silent Auction in the Hulman Riverhouse at White River Gardens. Take in the spectacular view of downtown Indianapolis, admire the beautiful pieces and bid art your heart desires. Plus, enjoy beverages and hors d’oeuvres while you mingle and meet the talented artists. All the proceeds from our Naturally Inspired Silent Auction benefit the Zoo’s animals and conservation programs.