State of Nature: Picturing Indiana Biodiversity

Experience the astonishing beauty and discover the importance of Indiana’s biological diversity through pieces from the natural world and artworks created by artists with Indiana connections. Explore how forests and ecological diversity in Indiana defined the lives of Hoosiers over the years, then consider how urbanization and climate change have impacted Indiana’s biological system and our everyday lives.

Encounter wolf specimens from the museum’s collection and a reproduction sloth skeleton, as well as two paintings by Indiana Dunes plein air artist Frank Dudley and contemporary art from 15 artists with Hoosier connections including Lucinda Devlin, Casey Roberts, Bonnie Sklarski, David Morrison and Dornith Doherty.

This experience also will feature activities for children and families to build their own bird nest and sloth claw, and to get them thinking about how the environment and people are connected. There will even be a soundtrack featuring music from composers whose works are inspired by scientific data and nature.

State of Nature was conceived and curated at Indiana University-Bloomington by Betsy Stirratt, director of the Grunwald Gallery of Art, Indiana University, and Distinguished Professor Roger P. Hangarter.

  February 13, 2021–September 19, 2021
  Every Sunday, Wednesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
  Museum admission


Indiana State Museum

Located in White River State Park in Downtown Indianapolis, the Indiana State Museum is the place to explore Indiana’s past, present and future - from mastodons and dire wolves to contemporary art by some of Indiana’s best artists!

650 West Washington Street

(317) 232-1637

Mon. - Sat.: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sun.: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Facility Address / Phone Amenities
White River State Park Garage 650 West Washington Street Accepts CC Motorcycle Parking Overnight
White River State Park South Lot 801 West Washington Street Accepts CC Bus Parking Overnight
Government Center Washington St. Parking Facility 401 West Washington Street Accepts CC Motorcycle Parking Overnight
Washington & Senate Indoor 325 West Washington Street
Marriott Downtown Garage 350 West Maryland Street Accepts CC Overnight
Government Center Senate Ave. Parking Facility 220 North Senate Avenue Accepts CC Motorcycle Parking Overnight
IUPUI Law School Garage (Lot 90) 530 West New York Street
Capitol Commons Garage 10 South Capitol Avenue Accepts CC Motorcycle Parking Overnight
IUPUI Riverwalk Garage 245 University Boulevard
Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center Lot 450 West Ohio Street Accepts CC
Attraction Address Phone
Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites 650 West Washington Street (317) 232-1637
IMAX Theater Indiana State Museum (317) 233-4629
White River State Park 801 West Washington Street (317) 233-2434
Wheel Fun Rentals 801 West Washington Street (317) 730-2290
The TCU Amphitheater at White River State Park 801 West Washington Street (317) 231-0000
Segway of Indiana, LLC 801 West Washington Street (317) 253-1910
Medal of Honor Memorial Canal Walk
Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art 500 West Washington Street (317) 636-9378
Celebration Plaza & Amphitheater White River State Park (317) 233-2434
Indianapolis Indians 501 West Maryland Street (317) 269-3542

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