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City of Panama City Beach Announces Expansion of Public Arts Project

City of Panama City Beach Announces Expansion of Public Arts Project

During Thursday’s PCB City Council meeting, SeeLife 2 for the 2022-23 year was approved along with a SeeLife program manual. Phase 2 of the project, which began in 2021, is being funded through a generous donation from the Panama City Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB).

We are now soliciting artists and locations for this next round of sculptures. We are inviting schools, community groups, churches, businesses and others to participate by painting a marine life sculpture. All you need to do is submit a proposal with a draft design of a seahorse or dolphin, along with an application. The Selection Committee, made up of representatives from the City and the Tourist Development Council, will review the drawings in September and forward recommendations to the City’s Public Art Committee for final review.

SeeLife 2 is comprised of five seahorses and five dolphins to be painted. Sculptures will arrive in October and we ask that “adopters” have their final works completed within 90 days. All sculptures will be located within the City limits of Panama City Beach and will be unveiled in February 2023.

All entrants will be selected based on this criteria:

Aesthetic value
Appropriateness to location
Diversity of style, scale, media and artistic expression
Authentic/celebration/whimsical expression theme
Excites the imagination
Recognizes community diversity
We ask that no text be used.

Rules for our artists:

Must submit attached application form with proposal/drawing.
Must furnish own supplies. City will furnish sculpture.
Must follow submitted proposal.
Group leader must be at least 18 years old. Participants may be younger.
Must agree to maintain and touch up paint on sculpture.
May submit more than one design. Recommend submitting one dolphin and one seahorse.
If you would like to participate by having a sculpture at your business or entity, please let us know. All inquiries should be addressed to Communications Director Debbie Ingram. Entries can be mailed to Debbie Ingram, City Hall, 17007 Panama City Beach Parkway, Panama City Beach, Florida 32413. There is no fee to participate.

Click here for dolphin and seahorse drawings for submission.
Click here for artist’s application.
Click here for the 22-23 SeeLife Public Art Program Manual.