Thursday, January 7, 2010

Indianapolis Zoo’s Eighth Annual Naturally Inspired Paint Out

Be inspired to create beautiful artwork while supporting the Indianapolis Zoo and White River Gardens! The Indianapolis Zoo, a not-for-profit organization, is seeking artists to participate in the Naturally Inspired Paint Out, our eighth annual “en plein air” event. The Naturally Inspired Paint Out is an opportunity for artists to gain professional exposure while helping support the important conservation and education goals of the Indianapolis Zoo. In addition to showcasing their work to tens of thousands of Zoo members and guests at the Naturally Inspired Art Show, selected artists will be given a $100 stipend.

A panel of distinguished judges will select from the applicant group fifteen artists to participate.
Selections will be juried based on creativity, integrity of work, sensitivity to and understanding of the subject.

For consideration in the Naturally Inspired event, please submit the following:
• Brief letter stating interest in the Naturally Inspired event;
• Biographical resume;
• The Naturally Inspired Paint Out Entry Form;
• Three (3) examples of recent work (slides, photos, color reproductions, or digital images).
Each image must contain the artist’s name, title, medium, size and date;
• Entry applications must be submitted by 5pm on Monday, March 15.

Event Details:
The artist may choose any area, plant or animal of the Zoo or White River Gardens that inspires them—from roses in the DeHaan Tiergarden to elephants in the Plains Biome. Finished pieces will be donated to the Zoo and can be turned in that day or by end of day Tuesday, May 4. Subsequently, the finished works of art will be framed (if needed) and go on display as the Naturally Inspired Paint Out Exhibit in the White River Gardens from June-August 2010 Each piece of art will be silent auctioned as a fundraiser for the Zoo.

Naturally Inspired Paint Out Day: May 1 (8:30am start)
• Artists will be responsible for bringing supplies on Zoo grounds.
• Artists must stay on main pathways.
• A box lunch will be provided to artists participating in the event.
• Artwork should be no smaller than 12” x 12” and no larger than 24” x 36”.
• Artwork may be turned in by 4:30pm or taken home and returned by Tuesday, May 4.

Naturally Inspired Art Show: June 1-August 25
Naturally Inspired Art Show exhibition, in partnership with The Great Frame Up of Indianapolis,
will hang in the Schaefer Rotunda of White River Gardens.
Silent Auction & Artist’s Reception: August 26; 5:30-7:30pm

Artists will receive two (2) complimentary tickets to the Naturally Inspired Silent Auction

Artist’s Reception presented by The Great Frame Up. Artists will be encouraged to mingle with
members, donors and guests and discuss their artwork.

Naturally Inspired Paint Out
Entry Form

Name: ______________________________________
Address: ____________________________________
City/State/Zip: ________________________________
Affiliations: __________________________________
Primary Phone: ______________________________
Secondary Phone: ___________________________
Email: ______________________________________

First Example
Title of Work: _________________________________
Medium: ____________________________________
Size: _______________________________________

Second Example
Title of Work: _________________________________
Medium: _____________________________________
Size: ________________________________________

Third Example
Title of Work: _________________________________
Medium: _____________________________________
Size: ________________________________________

Entry Checklist
__ Letter of interest
__ Biographical resume
__ Entry form
__ Three (3) examples of work

Send entry form by mail:
Indianapolis Zoo
c/o Membership Dept.
1200 W. Washington St.
Indianapolis, IN 46222

Or email:

317.630.2017 (ph)
317.630.5153 (fx)
Please Note:
Applications must be submitted by 5pm on Monday, March 15. Selected artists will be
notified by phone no later than Friday, April 10. If you would like your examples returned, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your application.


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