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UMA Announces Artists and Renderings



December 6, 2017


WALTON COUNTY, Fla.—December 5, 2017-- The Cultural Arts Alliance (CAA) of Walton County, in partnership with the South Walton Artificial Reef Association has announced the artists whose proposed sculptures have been selected for the Underwater Museum of Art (UMA) project:

  • Kevin Reilly’s sculpture is titled “JYC’s Dream”
  • Justin Gaffrey’s sculpture is titled “Self Portrait”
  • Vince Tatum’s sculpture is titled “SWARA Skull”
  • Evelyn Tickle’s sculpture is titled “Concrete Rope Reef Spheres”
  • Rachel Herring’s sculpture is titled “They Grayt Pineapple”
  • Marek Anthony’s sculpture is titled “Propeller in Motion”
  • Allison Wickey’s sculpture is titled “Anamorphous Octopus”

Five of the seven artists whose proposals were selected for this first installation are local to the Emerald Coast. For artist info and a full description of each sculpture, visit: https://www.culturalartsalliance.com/local-arts/underwater-museum-of-art 

Artist renderings of the winning proposals can also be viewed and downloaded here: https://walton.montala.com/?c=1552&k=de419d4c19

The artists selected will each receive a $2,000 stipend to create their sculpture, and $500 to use to ship the finished sculpture.

The UMA is the first of its kind in the USA. The museum is part of the CAA’s “In Public Spaces” program and will reflect the mission of the South Walton Artificial Reef Association to enhance the ecological, creative, cultural, economic and educational opportunities for guests and locals alike.

The UMA project will begin with the deployment of 7 sculptures acting as artificial reefs to provide anchor points for marine life to inhabit. The pieces are scheduled to be shipped at the beginning of February when they will each be fitted with a custom concrete and limestone base. The sculptures are expected to be in place for the Summer 2018 season. The sculptures will rest in about 50 to 60-feet of water on a one-acre patch of seabed 0.71 miles off of Grayton Beach State Park that has been dedicated to the CAA for the purpose of the underwater sculpture exhibit.

Contact CAA Executive Director, Jennifer Steele, jennifer@culturalartsalliance.com for sponsorship details.