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

Depth of Decision: Opening Doors Under the Sea

We are flooded with decisions every day. Doors represent a multitude of decisions, whether we choose to enter or wait for another opportunity. That is what Gianna Stewart wanted to communicate with her piece Depth of Decision, one of the 2019 installations for the Underwater Museum of Art (UMA). Depth

2019 Underwater Museum of Art Installations

The nation’s first underwater museum expanded with 12 new sculptures. The Underwater Museum of Art (UMA) is located less than a mile off the shores of Grayton Beach and is 60 feet below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico. The 2019 installation joined the seven sculptures installed in 2018 off

The Grayt Pineapple Welcomes Divers to the Underwater Museum

The pineapple is a traditional expression of Welcome and Friendship, and the sun represents Life. So when the Underwater Museum of Art (UMA) in South Walton announced a competition and invited artists to participate, Rachel Herring felt inspired to get her feet wet and create something that would celebrate fish

Going Deep with Local Diver & Reef Artist Vince Tatum

Some locals are lucky enough to be born here in South Walton, but the rest of us have our own story to tell. Local water enthusiast and sculpture artist Vince Tatum’s tale is a refreshing one to dive into. Since the late nineties, Tatum and his extended family have had

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

TIME revealed its first annual list of the World’s Greatest Places, which highlights 100 destinations that are breaking new ground, leading industry trends and offering visitors an extraordinary experience. The Underwater Museum of Art (UMA), located in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Grayton Beach, Florida, was included in the

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

TIME revealed its first annual list of the World’s Greatest Places, which highlights 100 destinations that are breaking new ground, leading industry trends and offering visitors an extraordinary experience. The Underwater Museum of Art (UMA), located in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Grayton Beach, Florida, was included in the

Cultural Arts Alliance

The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) is a Local Arts Agency that supports the arts through leadership, advocacy, funding, programs and education. The very first “Grayton Beach Fine Arts Festival” was held in 1989, and because of the event’s ever-increasing popularity, the Cultural Arts Alliance (CAA) was founded

From Texas via Spain to 30A: Artist Marek Anthony Makes Underwater Magic

Unlike his fellow contributing artists to the Underwater Museum of Art (UMA) project, Marek Anthony never spent summers or vacation time in South Walton and does not reside here. His roots stretch internationally across the pond. An anything-but-happenstance conversation among colleagues led him to investigate the Cultural Arts Alliance’s call for

Evelyn Tickle is Making a Difference in our Ocean, One Oyster Reef at a Time

Underwater Museum of Art (UMA) contributor Evelyn Tickle is here to show us that “the world is your oyster” is a fine sentiment but that the oyster is actually “an engineer and an architect.” When Evelyn Tickle’s former professor from Auburn University’s College of Architecture, Design and Construction contacted her

15 New Reef Sites Coming to South Walton

By: Mitch Jaugstetter The South Walton Artificial Reef Association (SWARA) will deploy a total of 15 new reef sites this summer. Ships in the Gulf of Mexico are already deploying new reefs between three-quarters of a mile and eight miles from the shore: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_oY1_4O1_o SWARA will sink nine near-shore reefs