Underwater Museum of Art, Florida - 30A

Underwater Museum of Art, Florida

The Cultural Arts Alliance (CAA) and the South Walton Artificial Reef Association (SWARA) partnered to introduce the first ever underwater permanent sculpture museum in North America.
The Underwater Museum of Art is a part of the Cultural Arts Alliance’s Art in Public Spaces Program and enhance South Walton Artificial Reef Association (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. Read more…


ARTISTS AND SCULPTURES

2022 Underwater Museum of Arts & Artists Announced

The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) and South Walton Artificial Reef Association (SWARA) are proud to reveal the ten sculpture designs, including two international selections, chosen by the jury for permanent exhibition in the fourth installation of the Underwater Museum of Art (UMA). The 2022 installation will include the following

UMA’s “El Plastico” Brings New Awareness to Ocean Pollution

Eight million tons of plastic end up in our oceans each year. Artist George Sabra took this problem as inspiration to create El Plastico, a sculpture of a plastic bottle for the Under Museum of Art 2019 installation. El Plastico replicates a 2-liter cola bottle and is constructed of environmentally

2020 Underwater Museum of Art Installations Announced

The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) and South Walton Artificial Reef Association (SWARA) recently revealed the sculpture designs selected by jury for permanent exhibition in the third installation of the Underwater Museum of Art (UMA). Named in 2018 by TIME Magazine as one of 100 “World’s Greatest Places,” the

30A Snorkel and Diving Reefs: Everything You Need to Know

The Emerald Coast is best known for its sugar white sand, enchanting sunsets, and sparkling tranquility as far as the sunglasses can see. But you’ll have to ditch the sunglasses and look deeper to get a truly local experience for our most charming locals reside just beneath the waves. With

UMA Artist Urges: Let’s Not Blow This

Our earth is as delicate as a flower, and Alabama artist Kevin Reilly replicated its fragility in his piece Let’s Not Blow This for the 2019 installation for the Underwater Museum of Art. The hand holding a dandelion serves as a reminder to our role to restore and protect our

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UMA Named to TIME’s List of World’s Greatest Places

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