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Call us a company on a mission. Wyland Worldwide was founded on the efforts of Wyland and a dedicated team of induviduals committed to one purpose: reaching out to people everywhere with a message of art, nature, and community.

Whether it's wall art or sculpture for your home or an art activity for the entire family, Wyland Worldwide delivers the images, resources, and experiences to bring you closer to the beauty of our ocean, lakes, rivers, streams, and wetlands.

Wyland offers high-quality, green-themed sustainable retail products, and engaging, creative art and science events at zoos, aquariums, and museums around the world. You may see us on PBS, Discovery Channel, or in your local news. Around the world or around the corner, it's a daily celebration of the wonder of our blue planet - and it's here for you.

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Wyland Accomplishments 1976-2016

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  • Speaker, Blue Vision Summit in Washington, DC, for national ocean policy
  • Painted the largest painting of Earth on top of the Long Beach Sports Arena in celebration of Earth Day 2009
  • Restored the Guinness Book of World Record’s Largest Mural, Whaling Wall 33, Ocean Planet, in Long Beach, California
  • Created a 4,000-square foot painting entitled, Earth: The Blue Planet, for the world premier of Disneynature’s first feature film, EARTH
  • Official judge for the United Nation Environment Programme’s Art Contest
  • Launched FOCUS (Forests, Ocean, Climate – and Us) in partnership with the US Forest Service and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to educate children about the interconnectedness of our natural resources and habitats
  • Engage Today presenter with the Dalai Lama, Sir Richard Branson, and other inspiration leaders of today
  • Co-creator, South Florida Mayor’s Challenge, an initiative to challenge mayors in 80 cities in South Florida to reduce water waste and consumption. Resulted in a savings of 31,557,845 gallons of water and a reduction of 1,452,522 pounds of landfill waste. Held in conjunction with the South Florida Living Green Fair, Dania Beach, FL
  • Wyland: Earth Day named Best Film at the 2009 San Diego Film Festival


  • Inducted into the International SCUBA Diving Hall of Fame
  • Restored Whaling Wall 56 in Vancouver, Canada in conjunction with wildlife artist Robert Bateman and the 2010 Winter Olympic Games
  • Named a USOC official artist for 2010 Olympic games in Vancouver, Canada
  • Explorer, Elysium Expedition to the Antarctica Peninsula and South Georgia
  • Inducted into the Explorer’s Club as a Fellow National
  • 30,000 students across the country participate in the Wyland Foundation’s Oceans mural contest
  • United Nations issues a series of commemorative stamps of Wyland artwork to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission
  • Wyland Living Green Fairs bring together 10,000 people in Long Beach, CA, and Boca Raton, FL, for environmental sustainability
  • Boca Raton Museum of Art hosts an exhibit of Wyland's work entitled “Wyland: Art and Conservation”
  • Wyland paints with thousands of scouts at the 2010 Centennial Boy Scout Jamboree celebrating 100 years of scouting
  • Wyland named official artist for the 28th Annual Hampton Bay Days in Hampton, Virginia
  • Welcomed to the Cousteau Divers' Board of of Advisors


  • “Wyland’s Art Studio,” an instructional art show for PBS, reaches 62% of U.S. markets
  • The Wyland Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation drives Southern California residents in 140 cities to pledge a 900 million gallon reduction in water usage over the next year
  • “This Is Your Ocean: Sharks” by Wyland, Guy Harvey, Jim Abernethy, George Schellinger and Shawn Heinrichs is recognized by MacGillivray Freeman Films with the Special Achievement Award in Environmental Filmmaking at the Newport Beach Film Festival
  • Wyland Records records “Blues Planet” in New Orleans, a blues album written and produced by Wyland who was inspired by the Gulf Oil Spill. The Wyland Blues Planet Band featuring Taj Mahal, Rod Piazza, Willie K and other renowned blues musicians premieres at the Doheny Blues Festival in Dana Point, CA
  • Honored by Reef Check Foundation with the Reef Stewardship Award for promoting the urgency of protecting and preserving the world's oceans, waterways and marine life through his artwork and the work of the Wyland Foundation
  • 20th Anniversary restoration of Whaling Wall 31 in Redondo Beach for Earth Month 2011
  • Recognized 30 Southern California teachers for their environmental efforts, awarding $20,000 in partnership with Toyota
  • Wyland presents a super-session at the National Art Educators Association Conference in Seattle
  • Featured in the “ART OF THE DIVE / PORTRAITS OF THE DEEP,” a special exhibition of aquatic life
  • Featured in the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Our Changing Seas Exhibition
  • Invited to join Artists for Conservation, the world's leading artist group supporting the environment


  • Wyland joins with National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence and Time Magazine's first Hero for the Planet, Dr. Sylvia Earle, for a diving expedition and upcoming documentary featuring the Northwest Hawaiian Islands and Midway
  • The Wyland Foundation launches the First Annual Wyland National Mayor’s Challenge for Clean Water Conservation, reaching residents in all 50 states who pledged to save over 4.5 billion gallons of water over the next year.
  • Wyland Records releases “Blues Planet II,” the second album in the Blues Planet series.
  • “Blues Planet: Sounds,” a documentary film by Wyland, premiered at the Newport Beach Film Festival and was named a winner at the Blue Ocean Film Festival.
  • Hosted super session presentation at National Art Educators Assoc. Convention about the importance of protecting art education in schools.
  • Completed restorations of Florida Keys Whaling Wall murals.
  • Expanded Wyland Worldwide, LLC and the Wyland Foundation with the purchase of new headquarters located in Irvine, CA.


  • The Wyland Foundation celebrates the 2nd Annual National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation. Together we pledged to save 742,175,738 gallons of water at www.mywaterpledge.com
  • Began Comics for Conservation, a National Environmental Awareness Project in partnership with the Wyland Foundation, Improv Comedy Clubs, and spokesman Pete Dominick of Sirius XM radio.
  • Throughout Earth Month, the Wyland Foundation and its environmental education partner Toyota, along with CBS/KCAL, recognizes great environmental leaders as Earth Month Heroes.
  • Completes a new mural installation for Princess Cruises.
  • Created the 50th Anniversary Celebration Mural for Hollywood Improv, in Hollywood, CA.
  • Installed a new mural at the Georgia Aquarium.
  • Over 9,000 students in over 45 states took part in the Wyland National Water is Life Mural & Art Contest, incorporating an amazing array of art influences from Cezanne to Peter Max to Wyland to Van Gogh, and combining their specific interests in the environment.


  • Wyland National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation celebrates its third year with 120 participating U.S. mayors pledging to promote greater water conservation in their communities. Over 1.4 billion gallons of water was saved.
  • Wyland was the guest of honor at ASIA Dive Expo 2014.
  • Wyland was awarded Bolsa Chica Conservator of the Year.
  • First Art Work painted underwater - Commemorating Aquarius Mission 3. Wyland painted a portrait of his icon, Captain Jacques Yves Cousteau from the sea floor of the Aquarius Habitat off the Florida Keys. This artistic tour de force was done using special eco-friendly water-based oils on canvas to capture the celebration of Fabien Cousteau’s Mission 31 expedition.
  • The Wyland National Art Challenge drew participation from more than 3,500 students across 40 states. The Wyland Foundation and its partners provided 100 schools with paint supplies, educational materials, and 50 sq. ft. canvas murals to look at the economic, cultural and aesthetic value of the world's ocean resources.
  • Joined Mick Fleetwood, Henry Kapono, and other stars to raise funding for the Hawaii Chapter of the American Red Cross to benefit Philippine victims of Typhoon Haiyan.


  • Wyland was honored as Grand Marshall at the Festival of the Whale in Dana Point, CA.
  • Wyland was honored as Grand Marshall at the Festival of the Whale in Dana Point, CA.
  • Wyland National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation increased U.S. participation by 15%. Residents pledged to reduce water waste by 1.6 billion gallons. Over 42,000 residents across the U.S. made over 390,000 pledges to change the way they use water in their home, yard, and the community.
  • Joined Elysium Artists for an expedition to document the changing climate in the Arctic. Wyland traveled with a team of photographers, artists, and scientists to the Arctic. The three-week long project which chronicled the sights, sounds, and science behind the rapidly changing environment at the top of the world.
  • Wyland was a Hokulea honorary crew member. Wyland boarded the double hulled voyaging canoe with master navigator Nainoa Thompson, as well as other members of the Polynesian Voyaging Society to journey to Samoa for part of the Worldwide Voyage.
  • Launched the Wyland World Water Pledge – a ten-year global campaign for water conservation (2015-2025), to carry on the efforts of the United Nations International Decade for Water.
  • The 2015 Wyland National Art Challenge saw an increase in participation, with over 4,900 students submitting artwork and encouraged to work together while studying our coasts and climate's issues.
  • Traveled to the Phoenix Islands with Dr. Greg Stone of Conservation International to assess effects of rising sea levels on island nations.


  • Rode aboard the Hokulea as an honorary crewmember from Havana Cuba to the US.
  • Over 45,000 residents in more than 4,100 cities across the United States took part in the 2016 Wyland National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation by making 404,000 conservation pledges to save over 1.9 billion gallons of water.
  • Wyland celebrated his 60th birthday in July, 2016.
  • Wyland was awarded the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest flag when he painted an American Flag on the roof of the Marina building in Destin, FL. The jural reaches across four acres.
  • Published “Don't Be a Starving Artist” – a personal guide for success in the art industry.
  • Wyland awarded two college scholarships to the winners of his 2016 Wyland National Art Challenge.

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