2020 Coast Guard Art Program
About the Coast Guard Art Program
The Coast Guard Art Program (COGAP) uses fine art as an outreach tool for educating 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 executes its statutory missions. 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 displayed in the offices of members of Congress, cabinet secretaries, senior government officials and other military services and Coast Guard locations nationwide. It has also been displayed by the State Department in its prestigious Art in Embassies program.
Today, the collection holds over 2,000 works that capture the myriad missions the 43,330 active-duty men and women of the Coast Guard perform daily, including homeland security, search and rescue, marine environmental protection, drug interdiction, national defense and natural resource management. Paintings and drawings bring to life the work performed by the Coast Guard and are visual testimony to the Service’s contributions to the country.
The 2020 collection is comprised of 31 works by 22 artists. Eight are the result of artist deployments to missions underrepresented in the collection. Among mission areas and units captured during these deployments are the Maritime Law Enforcement Academy in Charleston, S.C., and HITRON, the Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron based in Florida and Air Station Washington, D.C. Other new works highlight patrols and inspections, rescue missions, training exercises, living marine resources, illegal drug interdiction and the unsung heroes who help make the Service strong. All these works are generously donated by COGAP members, most of whom are professional artists.
Please enjoy this virtual exhibition of artwork from 2020.
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