Salmagundi Club to host exhibit of U.S. Coast Guard Art

1st Coast Guard District NewsNEW YORK — Thirty-one works of art depicting the multi-faceted missions of the United States Coast Guard will be on view from July 3 through July 15 at the Salmagundi Club in New York City.

The works are by 26 artists of the Coast Guard Art Program (COGAP). Some pieces feature the Coast Guard’s response to the Haiti earthquake of 2010 and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Among others are depictions of dramatic search and rescue missions, portraits of law enforcement and behind-the-scene looks at the physical training service members undergo to prepare for their duties.

This program uses fine art as an outreach tool for educating diverse audiences about the service. Today, more than ever, the service is faced with an abundance of challenges as it works to maintain the nation’s security at home and abroad, and to execute its 11 missions. COGAP art provides visual testimony to the unique contribution the Coast Guard makes to the nation in its roles as a military, humanitarian and law enforcement organization.

Artists — most of whom are professionals — donate their work to the collection. The collection comprises more than 1,800 works. Art from the program is exhibited at museums around the country and is on view in the offices of Cabinet secretaries and members of Congress.

This year marks the art program’s 30th anniversary. The Salmagundi Club, a New York City art and cultural center for 140 years, has been COGAP’s sponsor since its inception. The Salmagundi Club is located at 47 Fifth Avenue. It is open weekdays from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m and on weekends, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free.

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