Each spring, the Zoo invites a group of juried artists to make art "en plein air" (outdoors) at Naturally Inspired Paint Out Day.
After the paintings have dried and been professionally framed by The Great Frame Up Downtown & Broad Ripple, 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 don't miss 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.
Tickets: $18-$20. Reservations are required and can be made by calling . Proceeds from the auction support the Zoo’s conservation mission.