Underwater Museum of Art

The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) in partnership with the South Walton Artificial Reef Association (SWARA) and support from the National Endowment for the Arts will join two of South Walton, Florida’s most beloved attractions – the arts and the Gulf of Mexico – with the introduction of The Underwater Museum of Art (UMA), North America’s first underwater permanent sculpture exhibit.

The UMA is the first presentation of the CAA’s Art In Public Spaces Program and will augment 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.

Currently, Gulf coastal waters off Walton County are 95% barren sand flats. Deployment of sculpture as artificial reefs will provide a source of biological replenishment and protective marine habitat where none exists. The UMA will be deployed with SWARA’s existing USACOA and FDEP permitted artificial reef project that includes nine nearshore reefs located within one nautical mile of the shore in approximately 50-60 feet of water. A one-acre permit patch of seabed off Grayton Beach State Park has been dedicated to the CAA for the purpose of a permanent underwater sculpture exhibit.

The first phase of the UMA will include up to six pieces of sculpture. Click here for further details. Contact CAA Executive Director, Jennifer Steele, if you’re interested in Sponsorship opportunities. You can also donate now to help ensure this project’s success.

Underwater Museum of Art Submission/Application


    Complete a separate application for each submission.



  • Artist Information

  • Sketch of concept OR at least three (3) images of constructed piece:

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  • Artist’s resume and statement:

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  • Three (3) images of past projects:

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  • As an Underwater Museum of Art (UMA) application, I accept the decision of the UMA committee and will exhibit per regulations if selected. I will allow images and display of my work to be used for publicity and fundraising purposes by the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County, Inc. (CAA) and hereby release the CAA, South Walton Artificial Reef Association, and all CAA and UMA partners from any and all responsibility, personal liability (injury), loss, damage or legal action that may arise or occur to artist, artwork, property or the public from any condition whatsoever during the preparation, transport and deployment of artwork. I confirm the submission and artwork is original and created solely by me, the artist.