ArtSeaLab Festival

September 27-28, 2019

The ArtSeaLab Festival is a weekend event created to enhance the public's understanding of the ecological challenges facing the northern Gulf of Mexico and its coastline through the dialogs of art and science.

The weekend kicks off with the Forks and Corks Gala on Friday evening featuring high school students taking part in a seafood culinary challenge. 

Saturday, throughout the day, an indoor and juried outdoor arts festival with works related to the marine and estuarine life of coastal Alabama will be featured on The Sea Lab campus. The day includes live music, hands-on art and science learning experiences, a 3D marine debris competition, community booths, and more.

Forks and Corks Gala

Friday, September 27, 2019
Estuarium at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab

Student teams will take part in a seafood challenge during the Forks and Corks Gala. 

Learn how to become a sponsor by contacting DISL Special Events Coordinator Lori Angelo at 251-861-2141 ext. 7510 or email 

Love Our Gulf Youth Art Competition

The 2019 ArtSeaLab Festival once again calls out to young artists, thinkers, and activists in grades 6 through 12 to participate in the Love Our Gulf Youth Art Competition. 

Our students play an important role in shaping the future world. One way they can get involved is using the power of creative advocacy to raise awareness of the Gulf of Mexico's beauty, resources, and the ecological challenges it faces. 

ArtSeaLab is seeking artworks from young painters, sculptors, illustrators, photographers, animators, and videomakers to promote the need to preserve, protect, and restore our coastal resources. 

Submitted pieces can be traditional or interpretive and innovative, but should draw inspiration from the coastal landscapes, wildlife, products, people, and way of life in the northern Gulf of Mexico region. 

Online 'Love Our Gulf' Contest Entry
Deadline to submit: TBA

Junior Division: Grades 6-8
Senior Division: Grades 9-12

Please contact Regina Kollegger
Phone: 251-214-6485

Art Media Award Categories Defined:
Animation: 2D or 3D drawings, paintings, computer graphics, or photographs of static objects (Motion Photography); includes all techniques other than the continuous filming of live-action images.

Ceramic: All original clay work (wheel-thrown, slab, coil, etc.)

Drawing: All art works created using dry media including chalk, charcoal, pastels, pencil, wax crayon, etc. or from the fluid medium of inks and washes applied by pen or brush.

Digital Art: This category includes any original work for which the original image, or the manipulation of other source material, was executed by the artist using a computer. The art must not include copyright protected images taken from the internet. Traditional photographs taken through digital media should select the photography category even if they have been manipulated in post-processing using a computer.

Fiber/Textile:  This category focus is on unique, high quality, and original designs of both wearable and decorative artwork. This category is intended for handcrafted fiber, straw, leather, or other similar materials.

Glass: The expression of art through transparent or translucent objects made from blowing or fashioning glass. No forms or mass production are permitted.

Jewelry: Original jewelry made from precious and non-precious metals, gemstones, enamel, glass, clay or fiber. There are no limitations regarding the range of materials and processes that are used. Work should be wearable or designed to wear on clothing.

Mixed Media: 2 and 3-dimensional work incorporating more than one type of material that is not sculptural. Utilizing a different medium as an underpainting or in a minor secondary role does not meet the intent of this category. Materials that are used must be evident in the finished work.

Painting: This category includes two-dimensional images other than drawing, printmaking, or photography. It includes all forms of application of paint, dyes (such as batik), and similarly applied materials. It is acceptable to use computer software to “paint” an image.

Photography: The film camera or digital camera is the principal means by which an image is made. One-of-a-kind prints, as well as multiple prints, are included. An image created on photographic paper by direct exposure, without a camera, is also acceptable. Prints made from negatives or digital files and manipulated with computer programs and printed on large scale inkjet printers are included here as well. Photographs used in a collage or composite must be made by the artists, and are included in this category.

Printmaking: Includes any method used to pull an image from a surface (stone, block, plate, screen, etc.) that is prepared by the artist. The image may be deposited on any type of surface (paper, foils, films, cloth, etc.).

Sculpture: Work that is made of any material or combination of materials and is three-dimensional is included in this category. Sculpture made from Clay, Glass, or Wood are encouraged to apply in their own medium category.

Wood: Original works that are hand-tooled, machine worked, turned or carved are accepted. Works may be functional or non-functional.

Videography: The continuous filming of live-action images, may or may not include sound.

Juried Outdoor Art Show

The ArtSeaLab Outdoor Art Show on Saturday, September 28, 2019 is juried. Each applicant is required to submit images of their work with their online application. Qualified jurors are shown each artist’s images anonymously, and collectively choose artists who will be invited to exhibit their work at the Outdoor Festival. 

The artists compete in categories including ceramics, drawing, digital art, fiber/textile, glass, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and wood. The festival theme is Love Our Gulf.  Artists are encouraged to present works reflecting or expressing an element, environment, or emotion of the Gulf Coast - its life, traditions, and/or future. Artworks can be traditional or interpretative.

For more information, please contact Regina Kollegger at 251-214-6485 or by email at

2018 Event Sponsors

Thank you to our event sponsors for their support. Not a sponsor already? Find out how to become a sponsor by clicking here.

Mobile County Public Schools
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama
Alabama Coasting
Imperial Dade
Wood Fruitticher
Mobile Oyster Co.
Fairhope Brewing Company
Port City Rentals
Camellia Trophy and Specialties
South Alabama Custom Meats
Sprinkle Net Shop
Nature Indoors
Southern Aire Seafood
Lesso Seafood  
Dinner's Ready Dauphin Island
Grace Tyson Real Estate, Inc.