A new art installation at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher’s Spadefish Gallery showcases the Coastal America Learning Center Network’s 2014 North America Ocean Art Contest winners.
The exhibit is intended to provide a visual expression of the link between humanity’s impact on the ocean and the ocean’s critical importance to humanity. The combination of art and science provides a powerful tool for making emotional connections with the ocean.
The winning art was selected by a panel of judges from entries submitted to members of the Coastal America Learning Center Network. Finalists were selected and judges chose the most expressive pieces to comprise the traveling exhibit. The network is a collaboration of 25 aquariums, museums and science facilities in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. These centers work to educate and involve the public in protecting coastal and marine eco-systems.
The installation will remain at the Aquarium at Fort Fisher through February 2015. The Spadefish Gallery showcases North Carolina artists throughout the year. Artwork that coincides with the Aquarium’s mission of inspiring appreciation and conservation of North Carolina’s aquatic environments is located on the second floor of the Marine Building.