DISCOVERY Art is the creative component of SeaKeepers programming. The works created allow the general public to personally experience and value the oceans, regardless of their proximity to the coast. DISCOVERY Art encourages public awareness of ocean research through the eyes of the artists who are inspired by the ocean. The DISCOVERY Art Program includes the SeaKeepers Featured Artist of the Year and Drifter Art.


SeaKeepers selects a Featured Artist of the Year whose work is influenced by marine life, science or ocean conservation. The Featured Artist of the Year creates custom-made awards for SeaKeepers recognition events, such as Bal de la Mer and Founders’ Dinner. A drifter designed by the artist is also displayed at an event to raise awareness of SeaKeepers Drifters. The artist is invited to attend SeaKeepers signature events to build relationships with SeaKeepers and promote their work.

2017 Artist of the Year – Xavier Cortada

Xavier Cortada’s art-science practice is oriented toward social engagement and the environment. He has created art installations at the earth’s poles to generate awareness of global climate change: In 2007, while a fellow of the National Science Foundation Antarctic Artist and Writer’s Program, he created a site-specific installation at the South Pole that uses its moving ice sheet an instrument to mark time; the art piece will be completed in 150,000 years. In 2008, he planted a green flag at the North Pole to reclaim it for nature and launch an urban reforestation initiative.

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Drifter Art is a strand of the DISCOVERY Art program. SeaKeepers Drifter shells are painted and embellished by local artists and the SeaKeepers Featured Artist of the Year.  Drifter Art encourages public awareness of ocean research. SeaKeepers 2014 Moon Over Miami featured artistic designs on multiple drifter pieces to raise awareness about the SeaKeepers Drifter instrument. Drifter Art is never deployed. Pieces can purchased by private individuals. Drifter Art is displayed at various SeaKeepers events, boat shows, marinas, yacht management and charter offices.


SeaKeepers Drifters that are created by artists are displayed throughout local boat shows. Look out for our next scavenge hunt at the Miami International Boat Show!

Visit SeaKeepers Drifter Art on permanent display at our partner locations.