ArtSeaLab Festival

The ArtSeaLab Festival is a collaboration between Art Does It (ADI), a nonprofit arts organization, and the Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL). ArtSeaLab’s mission is to enhance the public's understanding of the ecological challenges facing the northern Gulf of Mexico and its coastline through the dialogs of art, science, and folk life.

The weekend kicks off with the Forks and Corks Gala on Friday, October 26. Eight student teams from the Mobile County Public School's Culinary Arts and Hospitality programs will take part in a seafood challenge that evening.

On October 27 and 28, the Dauphin Island Sea Lab campus will host a two-day indoor and juried outdoor arts festival with works related to the marine and estuarine life of coastal Alabama. There will be live music, hands-on art and science learning experiences, a 3D marine debris competition, community booths, and more.

Forks and Corks Gala

Friday, October 26, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Estuarium at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab
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Student teams of the Mobile County Public School's Culinary Arts and Hospitality programs will take part in a seafood challenge during the Forks and Corks Gala. The challenge will showcase the culinary skills of Mobile County Public School students from Davidson, Vigor, Baker, Alma Bryant, Murphy, Williamson, Theodore, and Blount High Schools. 

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


3D Marine Debris Workshop/Competition

The 3D Marine Debris Art Contest aims to raise public awareness about the worldwide issue of garbage in our ocean. Around 18 billion pounds of plastic waste flows into the oceans every year from coastal regions. 

The 3D Marine Debris Art Contest is open to everyone, but presenting space is limited during the ArtSeaLab Festival. Art pieces should be no larger than three feet by 5 feet. To be included, art pieces must be delivered to NMFS Shelby Hall at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Friday, October 26. Entries will be displayed on Saturday, October 27. Guests of the festival will be given tickets and coting will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets will be tallied and winners will be announced that evening at 5 p.m.

Get a hand with your designs and help clean up the beach during the 3D Marine Debris Workshop on Saturday, October 20. The workshop begins at 9 a.m. in the Schooling Room of the Dauphin Island Sea Lab Estuarium. 

The workshop will cover the effects of marine debris, offer suggestions on how to reduce marine debris, review the guidelines for the 3D Marine Debris Art Contest, and help you discover an artistic design for your piece. Around 10:30 a.m., a clean-up walk will be led along Dauphin Island's East End beach to collect items for the artwork. Participants may collect marine debris on their own time at a coastal location.

The afternoon workshop space will be available from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. after the clean-up walk for you to work on your piece. There will be limited materials such as hot glue, wire, and tools during this time. Please bring your own if possible. 

For more information, contact Jennifer Latour by email at or call at 251-861-2141. 

Love Our Gulf Youth Art Competition

Calling all young artists, thinkers, and activists in grades 6 through 12 to participate in the 2018 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: October 1, 2018

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 a 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 under painting or in a minor secondary role does not meet the intention 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 ink jet 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 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 on Saturday, October 27 and Sunday, October 28. Best of Show and Awards of Distinction will be selected by onsite judges and awards will be presented in ceremony.

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. Art works can be traditional or interpretative and innovative.

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

Art Festival

On October 27 and 28, the Dauphin Island Sea Lab campus will host a two-day indoor and juried outdoor arts festival with works related to the marine and estuarine life of coastal Alabama. There will be live music, hands-on art and science learning experiences, a 3D marine debris competition, community booths, and more.

Middle and high school students are encouraged to participate in the online arts competition, Love Our Gulf. Details to enter can be found here.

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.