Art at the Aquarium

Wyland Wall

In 1993 world renowned underwater artist Wyland donated this giant mural to Mote to help raise awareness of the ocean and its inhabitants. The mural was retouched in 2005 by the artist who also added a manatee in honor of Mote resident manatee, Buffett.  Seeing this public treasure does not require admission - it is visible on the side of the Ann and Alfred Goldstein Marine Mammal Center from Ken Thompson Parkway.

Sea Whimsy

Divitto Kelly’s fascination sharks and other ocean creatures began at age 12 when his family moved to Longboat Key from Cincinnati, OH.  Today, Kelly continues to express his love for the sea through his colorfully painted papier-mâché sculptures.  On display throughout the Aquarium.


Got your own marine-related art?

Submit your work to the Mote's 55th Anniversary Juried Art Exhibition and Silent Auction. Click here for more information.


About Us

Mote Marine Laboratory has been a leader in marine research since it was founded in 1955. Today, we incorporate public outreach as a key part of our mission. Mote is an independent nonprofit organization and has seven centers for marine research, the public Mote Aquarium and an Education Division specializing in public programs for all ages.