Naturally Inspired Paint Out

Aug 01

Naturally Inspired Paint Out

9 AM - 3 PM

Presented by The Great Frame Up Downtown

Naturally Inspired Paint Out presented by The Great Frame Up Downtown

Experience the Zoo through the eyes of artists!

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.

You can also show off your creative side during hands-on art activities from 10-11:30am at the The Perch under the Bicentennial Pavilion, guided by Keller Illustrations.

Naturally Inspired Art Show

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!

In past years, the colorful creations from the Naturally Inspired Paint Out are displayed 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? Then join us for the Naturally Inspired Silent Auction and Artists’ Reception. Bid on artworks 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. Reservations are required. For more information contact our Membership office at or 317-630-2046.​

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