Inaugural Exhibition of 2015 Coast Guard Art Collection
Upper Gallery, July 12, 2015 - July 24, 2015
Twenty eight works by 24 artists of the U.S. Coast Guard Art Program will be on view at the Salmagundi Club from July 12 through July 24, 2015. These works vividly bring to life the myriad missions performed by the U.S. Coast Guard. Subjects, to name but a few, include environmental protection, securing the maritime domain at home and abroad and dramatic search and rescues.
The Coast Guard Art Program (COGAP) makes use of fine art to educate diverse audiences about the Coast Guard. Today, more than ever, the service addresses an abundance of challenges as it works to maintain the nation’s security at home and abroad and execute its 11 statutory missions such as search and rescue, defense readiness and drug and illegal migrant interdiction. COGAP art provides visual testimony to the unique contribution the service makes to the nation in its multifaceted roles as a military, humanitarian and law enforcement organization.
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 and Coast Guard locations nationwide.
Coast Guard artists—a talented cadre of professional artists—donate their work to the program. Today, the collection comprises some 2,000 works showing the missions performed by the service’s force of 40,400 active duty members.
The Coast Guard Art Program has been sponsored by the Salmagundi Club since the program’s inception in 1981. The Salmagundi Club is located at 47 Fifth Avenue. The exhibition is free and open to the public. It can be seen Monday through Friday from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. NOTE: the gallery will close at 5:00PM on July 13th.
To learn more about COGAP and the Salmagundi Club, visit www.uscg.mil/art and www.salmagundi.org/.
Pictured: "Chukchi Reach", Robert Selby, Acrylic - 2014 George Gray Award Recipient.