Congress established the National Sea Grant program in 1966 to encourage the development, use, and conservation of marine and Great Lakes resources by tapping the expertise residing in university centers of coastal states. Georgia entered the program in 1971. In 1980, the University of Georgia was awarded Sea Grant College status.
That same year, the Georgia Sea Grant program began a project designed to incorporate the use of visual art into an educational venture. The idea was to invite selected artists to participate in a visual and aesthetic query that would result in a collection of artworks on coastal subject matter. The collection now contains works by 11 artists: June Ball, Alan Campbell, Jackson A. Cheatham, Claire Clements, Barbara Daniel, Paula Eubanks, Tom Hammond, June Frazier Johnston, Judith McWillie, Caroline Montague and Art S. Rosenbaum. This outstanding collection was transferred to the Georgia Museum of Art in 1996.
For more information on the Georgia Sea Grant Program, contact Sarah Kate Gillespie, curator of American art.