New York —Twenty nine paintings by 23 artists of the U.S. Coast Guard Art Program (COGAP) are currently on display at the Salmagundi Club now through June 14, 2013. These works bring to life the myriad of missions performed by the U.S. Coast Guard. Subjects include: the service’s response to Hurricane Sandy, the sinking of the HMS Bounty and the escort of a Russian tanker last winter through the frozen Bering Sea.
COGAP has been sponsored by the Salmagundi Club since the program’s inception in 1981. 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 statutory missions such as search and rescue, defense readiness and environmental protection. COGAP provides visual testimony to the unique contribution the service makes to the nation in its multifaceted role 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. The collection currently comprises more than1, 800 works showing the missions performed by the service’s force of 42,500 active duty members.
The Salmagundi Club is located at 47 Firth Avenue. The exhibition is free and open to the public. It can be seen Monday from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday 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. To learn more about COGAP and the Salmagundi Club, visit www.uscg.mil/art and www.salmagundi.org/.