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CAA and UMA Announce Artists Selected for 2020 Underwater Museum of Art

WALTON COUNTY, Fla.—Jan. 30, 2020—The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) and South Walton Artificial Reef Association (SWARA) have announced the seven sculpture designs selected by jury for permanent exhibition in the third installation of the Underwater Museum of Art (UMA)

The 2020 installation will include the following pieces of sculpture:

  • Bee Grayt by Katie Witherspoon (Santa Rosa Beach, FL)
  • Building Blocks by Zachary Long (Oklahoma City, OK)
  • Dawn Dancers by Shohini Ghosh (Highlands Ranch, CO)
  • Eco-Bug by Priscila D’Brito (Boca Raton, FL)
  • From The Depths by Kirk Seese (Lutherville, MD)
  • Hope by Jonathan Burger (New Bern, NC)
  • Three Wishes by Marisol Rendón and Ingram Ober (San Diego, CA)

For artist info and a full description of each sculpture, visit: https://umafl.org/artists-revealed-for-third-uma-installation/ 

Artist renderings can be viewed and downloaded here: https://platform.crowdriff.com/m/s-s8cJN2eB56HEszha 

Named in 2018 by TIME Magazine as one of 100 “World’s Greatest Places,” the UMA is presented as part of CAA’s Art In Public Spaces Program and augments SWARA’s mission of creating marine habitat and expanding fishery populations while providing enhanced creative, cultural, economic and educational opportunities for the benefit, education and enjoyment of residents, students and visitors in South Walton. 

With support from the Alys Foundation, Visit South Walton, Visit Florida, and the State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, UMA sculptures are deployed with SWARA’s existing USACOA and FDEP permitted artificial reef projects that includes nine nearshore reefs located within one nautical mile of the shore in approximately 57 feet of water. The 2020 installation will join the 17 sculptures previously deployed on a one-acre permit patch of seabed off Grayton Beach State Park, further expanding the nation’s first permanent underwater museum. 

Deployment of the 2020 UMA installation is slated for Summer.