Here's where you can see art done by Coasties

Julia LeDoux
July 02, 2020 - 7:07 am

United States Coast Guard

The Coast Guard Art Program is taking its 2020 collection on the road.

Thirty-one works by 22 of the program’s artists are on view at the Salmagundi Club in New York City through Aug. 7. The event is free and open to the public.  

These works bring to life the missions performed by the sea service, according to a release. Subjects include search and rescues as well as patrols and illegal drug interdictions.

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Four additional works by COGAP artist Robert Selmer will also be on display. Selmer is a four-time recipient of the George Gray Award — the program’s best in show award. He passed away earlier this year. 

COGAP makes use of fine art to educate audiences about the Coast Guard. Art from the program is exhibited at museums around the country. It is also displayed in offices of members of Congress, Cabinet secretaries, senior government officials and other military services, as well as Coast Guard locations nationwide.

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Coast Guard artists donate their work to the program.   Today, the collection comprises over 2,000 works showing the missions performed by the service’s force of some 43,300 active-duty members.

This year marks the program’s 39th  anniversary. To learn more about COGAP, visit here.

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