Artists, Writers and Scholars Program

Georgia Sea Grant strives to strengthen artistic voices, and enhance Georgia’s profile as a place where artists, writers and scholars can live and thrive while offering fresh perspectives on our coastal resources. 

Important Dates

Application Deadline 
May 31, 2022 

Georgia Sea Grant’s Artists, Writers and Scholars (AWS) program will support artists, writers, and scholars in the humanities to produce professional-quality art and literature that increases awareness of Georgia’s coastal, ocean and marine environments, improves understanding of Georgia’s coastal communities, or helps document history, culture, or heritage of Georgia’s coast. Creative projects that could be supported by this program include paintings, graphic art, sculpture, musical compositions, photography, poetry, science fiction, film, and digital media. 

Georgia Sea Grant will award 3-5 grants that range from $1,000 to $5,000. These grants will be awarded directly to artists and writers.


Artists, writers or scholars who live in Georgia and whose work is related to Georgia’s coastal, ocean and marine environments will be eligible for funding consideration. 

Georgia Sea Grant encourages applications from individuals from historically marginalized groups, including Black or African-American, American Indian, Hispanic or Latino, female, first-generation college students, veterans, LGBTQ+ and individuals with disabilities. 

Guidelines for Submitting Applications

Applications can be submitted directly to Mona Behl at mbehl@uga.edu. Please contact Mona for any questions as well.


2021-2022 AWS Projects

A Metal Artist’s View of the Marine Carbon Cycle
Barbara Mann

  • Mann is creating five objects out of different types of metal that depict marine processes, like the carbon cycle, and the role of marine life within these processes. The objects include an oyster vessel, a jewelry pendant representing different types of phytoplankton, a large plankton wall installation , a marine carbon cycle necklace, and a vase representing the marine carbon cycle.

Vertical Horizons: Coastal Contracts
Alan Harvey

  • Harvey is highlighting the contrast between natural habitats and human encroachment through panoramic photographs, offering a new perspective on the Georgia coast that inspires viewers to think more critically about coastal issues.

The African American Maritime Landscape of Coastal Georgia
Julie de Chantal and Kurt Knoerl

  • The project team is working with students at Georgia Southern University to document sites related to Black maritime history on the Georgia Coast. They are building a database available to scholars for further research on African Americans in the region and creating an ArcGIS StoryMap to be used by tour guides or teachers as a study guide for customers or students.
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