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.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 the 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 members and promote their work.

2020 Artist of the Year – Kelly Quinn

Kelly Quinn is a wildlife educator & artist, co-founder of Paint for the Wild, and the Artist in Residence at The Florida Aquarium. From a young age Kelly spent her time kayaking, hiking and exploring everything wild, and began to draw it all in order to understand it. Over time she began to see the problems our home faces, and wanted to do her part to create a beautiful future between man and nature. Because of this, every artwork sold is a donation to local conservation causes.

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Gustavo Oviedo: SYMBIOSIS

2018 SeaKeeper Artist of the Year

Symbiosis includes large paintings of loose sea-like forms, mixed media collages, and visual representations of otherworldliness devoid of human language or graffiti letters. Gustavo Oviedo's palette is as colorful as the brightest coral reefs dipped in fluorescent pigments. His ocean discoveries of shipwrecks, corals, and found pieces of pollution give power to his creative output and to a body of work that is rooted in marine life and the impact of the streets of Miami he once spray painted. Oviedo’s work conveys the beauty of our waters but screams out that he is not naïve to the recurring problem of mankind’s disrespect for this natural resource. A main focus of the show is a piece entitled "Low Tide Shopping," a massive suspended sculpture comprised of Styrofoam buoys found tangled in the mangroves along South Florida's coastline.

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SYMBIOSIS Exhibition:

Drifter Art

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 be purchased by private individuals. Drifter Art is displayed at various SeaKeepers events, boat shows, marinas, yacht management, and charter offices.

Drifter Designs

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


The following are partners who may have SeaKeepers Drifter Art on display at their locations in the boat shows and also in their offices throughout the year.