Phone: (812) 332-0025
Toll-Free: (866) PYGMALIONS
108 N. Grant Street
Bloomington, Indiana 47408
Pygmalions Art Supplies

Established in 1972 Pygmalion's carries high quality supplies for Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Printmaking, Graphic Design, Drafting & Bookmaking.

Pygmalion's is proud to carry the following Artist quality brands:

Williamsburg Handmade Oils (at 30% off everyday), Schmincke Soft Pastels, Sennelier Soft Pastels and Oil Pastels, Gamblin Artist's Oils (10% off everyday), Graham Oil Paints (40% off everyday), Old Holland, Golden Artist Acrylics (10% off everyday), Ampersand Boards (Gessobord, Claybord Smooth and Textured, Pastelbord), One Shot Lettering Enamels, Brushes by Escoda, Robert Simmons, and Winsor & Newton, a wide range of Jacquard products for fabric including I-Dye and Solarfast, Midwest Plastic Sheets in a variety of styles, Color Aid Packs and Sheets, Sherrill Mudtools for clay, assorted Bookbinding Materials, Fine Art Paper from Legion Paper including Rives, Arches, and Fabriano, Decorative Papers from Around the World, and many more great materials.

Pygmalion's Art Supplies is OPEN:

Monday thru Friday:  9 to 6; Saturday:  9 to 5;  Sunday: 1 to 5.



Pygmalion's Art Supplies is pleased to announce the completion and installation of a new work of public art in Bloomington.

Pyg's Mural


The eight by sixteen foot mural, titled ‘Red Studio’, is on the north side of the Pygmalion’s building at 108 North Grant Street, across the alley from Quaff On Bloomington. Bloomington artist Jim Sampson designed and painted the mural in a bold, graphic, but painterly style.

The painting depicts an artist’s studio, red, of course. In the studio a bare light bulb illuminates an easel, which holds a portrait of a woman with a vase of tulips. Next to the easel an array of art supplies, and a cup of coffee, sit on an old green table.

And to the left of the easel, on another table, sit the Pygmalion’s resident cats, Alice and Kiki. Alice is the gray and white cat, and Kiki the black and white tuxedo cat. Alice looks out to the viewer eager for attention, as she does in life, and Kiki has her cool, half asleep look. Pygmalion’s friendly store cats have been a Bloomington fixture for most of the store’s forty-two year history.

Along with Alice and Kiki, various objects in and around Pygmalion’s inspired Sampson in his composition of the mural. Patterns for the fabrics that each of the cats sit on was derived from decorative papers that the store sells. Observation of flowers in the garden in front of the store led to the creation of the painted tulips. And of course the depictions of the art supplies, tubes of paint, stylized brushes, palette knife, roll of tape, came from products that Pygmalion’s sells.

Pygmalion’s Art Supplies was established in 1972 and carries a wide range of good quality supplies for drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, graphic design, and illustration. John Wilson, the current owner of Pygmalion’s, and Jane and Werner Otten, the previous owners, commissioned Sampson to create the mural.

This project is only the most recent in the store’s long history of valuable contributions to the local arts community. Both Wilson and Jane Otten are participating members of IU’s Friends of Art organization. For the past five years Pygmalion’s has commissioned a custom oil paint color, donating 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the color to a local non-profit.  This past year’s color, Eggplant, helped establish a youth scholarship fund at Ivy Tech. The Monroe County State Fair, Rhino’s Youth Center art programs, and IU Summer Study Abroad Programs in Italy have also received annual support from Pygmalion’s Art Supplies.

‘Red Studio’ is a wonderful, strong addition to the downtown Bloomington public art landscape!



Our custom color for 2014 is still available! Only $8.95 per tube!

All proceeds from sales of Eggplant benefit the Ivy Tech Art For Kids Youth Scholarship Fund.

Manufactured for us by Gamblin Artist Oil Colors, Eggplant is a unique warm violet artist grade oil color. Eggplant mixes well with other oil colors, as well as oil-based printmaking inks, to create a wide range of beautiful, subtle colors.

To celebrate our custom color, and to express our appreciation for our customers, we had our one-night Eggplant art show and party this year on Friday, April 11.  Over seventy five works of art, all made with at least some Eggplant paint, were exhibited all around the store. Delicious gourmet food prepared by Pygmalion's owner John Wilson, and all the wonderful works of art, made it a very nice event.