World Oceans Day Art Gallery 2021

World Oceans Day 2021 Art Gallery ~ spearheaded by high-school student, Sophie Goldstein.

Theme: Life & Livelihoods

The ocean, which makes up 97% of Earth’s water and covers more than 70% of its surface, is full of life, biodiversity and resources we rely on including most of the oxygen we breathe. We interact with the ocean daily for food, recreation, work and so much more. One way or another we are all connected to the ocean. As such, this year’s United Nations World Oceans Day is focused on the theme “The Ocean: Life & Livelihoods” to celebrate that interconnection.

To honor that theme, for this art gallery we are calling on YOU to show us in your preferred artistic medium how you’re connected to the ocean.

Maybe you are a passionate marine biologist, maybe you are a lifeguard or maybe you love going to the beach. Whatever your story is, show us what the ocean means to you. Hopefully by showing what the ocean means to us through art we can start a bigger conversation around how to protect it.

Please submit your artwork to us using this form, you will need to create a different submission if you wish to submit multiple pieces. We ask for details about the physical piece as well as a title and artist’s description that can be used to display the work in the virtual gallery.


*The deadline for submissions is May 1st.

*Selected submissions will be featured on the Oceanic Global website in a gallery as well as have the opportunity to present at the gallery exhibition event on Thursday, May 13th at 5pm EST.

*We reserve the right to not include artwork if it is offensive, unprofessional or plagiarism.


Check out last year’s World Oceans Day 2020 Youth Art Gallery.

Any VISUAL art medium can be used – here are some different mediums that could be fun to explore:

  • Paint (oil, acrylic, watercolor)
  • Pencil, charcoal, colored pencil
  • Oil pastel
  • Pen and Ink
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
  • Clay
  • Digital Art! (Adobe Illustrator, Procreate)

Here are some questions to consider while making your piece:

  • What does the ocean mean to you?
  • How do you interact with the ocean?
  • What are your favorite memories of the ocean?
  • Why is it important to preserve the ocean?
  • Maybe the ocean provides you with different sports such as surfing, swimming, paddle boarding etc.

What to create if you’re stuck?

  • Recreate an image of you at the beach
  • You working at the beach
  • A study of marine wildlife
  • A painting of the waves (show the mood that the waves evoke)
  • An image of you or someone else surfing, swimming, kayaking, fishing etc.
  • An abstract interpretation of the ocean!


I acknowledge and agree that to the best of my knowledge, I am duly authorized to submit this artwork to the World Oceans Day Gallery 2021 and to grant permissions related to its use and distribution. I grant permission to Oceanic Global to use images and/or titles and information from the artwork for promotional use on Oceanic Global website and social media platforms.

Oceanic Global does not take any copyright or ownership of my artwork.

Submitting a film to the World Oceans Day Gallery 2021 constitutes an agreement by and between the artist/representative, and/or applicable Parent/Guardian of a minor aged artist, and Oceanic Global. By submitting, I agree to all of these rules, terms and conditions. I also acknowledge that I will not receive any compensation for the use of my artwork by Oceanic Global in accordance with the rules, terms and conditions.

I understand and acknowledge that, if I am under 18 years of age, my parent or guardian must agree to the terms of this Artist/Guardian/Representative Release on my behalf. As a Parent or Guardian of a minor artist if applicable, I understand and acknowledge that I am agreeing to the terms of this Artist/Guardian/Representative Release on behalf of my child or a child for whom I am a legally designated Guardian.