The Art of Marine Life
- Exhibit Opening Date
- November 11, 2023
- CMA Visitor Center – Level 4
- ArtSea access included with aquarium admission.
Art Inspired by Marine Life Conservation
The ArtSEA Experience
Clearwater Marine Aquarium presents ArtSEA Conservation, an art exhibit featuring international, national and community artists to show the connection between art and marine conservation.
At Clearwater Marine Aquarium we are dedicated to conservation in everything we do. We see it as an art. Our staff – comprised of dedicated men and women who are researchers and scientists – have decades of experience. They are committed to marine life and the conservation of animals in the water that surrounds us.
CMA has partnered with artists and organizations that are aligned with the CMA mission and deeply committed to conservation.
The aquarium’s fourth floor is transformed into an art gallery where illuminated marine animal paintings, sculptures and aquariums with art are on display along with videos featuring Clearwater Marine Aquarium Research Institute’s fieldwork. Guests can see the beauty and value of protecting these incredible creatures.
Experience ArtSEA Conservation at Clearwater Marine Aquarium now!
Project Holocene is an illuminated art exhibit focused on wild animal conservation by international artist Russel Ronat, which features eight-foot illuminated paintings with marine mammals including manatees, right whales, dolphins, sea turtles and sea otters.
The Washed Ashore exhibit at CMA features marine life such as jellyfish, whales, a sea turtle, river otter and a sea lion – all created from pollution and trash items found in the ocean such as bottles, shoes, lighters, and thousands of pieces of discarded waste. The sculptures bring to life the concept of truly making art from trash.
The exhibit also features several Art Aquariums with pieces of art that complement the marine life that swims inside, with blown glass balls, geodes, metallic domes and colorful noodlelike forms. Morean Arts Center is part of the collaboration and is featured through glass and clay. This art was provided through a grant-funded project awarded to its summer camp program to address underserved students in experiencing the art process.
ArtSEA can be experienced throughout Clearwater Marine Aquarium now through 2024.
ArtSEA is located on the 4th level of the Visitor Center. Additional art exhibits are located throughout the Aquarium.
You do not need a reservation. The entire exhibit experience is included with admission! Additional programs may require reservations or separate purchase.
Washed Ashore Sea Lion Sculpture at CMA Named Scrappy
Clearwater Marine Aquarium had the opportunity to name the sea lion sculpture in the Washed Ashore exhibit. Our visitors and followers online submitted over 400 names and then voted on the final name. With over 600 votes, Scrappy was selected as the sea lion’s new name!
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