Seven sculpture designs selected by jury revealed for permanent exhibition.

SANTA ROSA BEACH — The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) and South Walton Artificial Reef Association (SWARA) have revealed the seven sculpture designs selected by jury for permanent exhibition in the first installation of the Underwater Museum of Art (UMA).

The 2018 Spring/Summer installation will include the following sculptures: “Propeller in Motion” by Marek Anthony, “Self Portrait” by Justin Gaffrey, “The Grayt Pineapple” by Rachel Herring, “JYC’s Dream” by Kevin Reilly in collaboration with students from South Walton Montessori School, “SWARA Skull” by Vince Tatum, “Concrete Rope Reef Spheres” by Evelyn Tickle, and “Anamorphous Octopus” by Allison Wickey.

UMA is presented as part of 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.

With support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Visit Florida and the Alys Foundation, 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 for UMA, the nation’s first permanent underwater museum, which will be installed in the late spring or early summer of 2018.