July 5 – July 15, 2022
The gallery will close early on July 7th at 5:00 PM.
Monday – Friday | 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Saturday – Sunday | 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Open to the public
Free to attend
This year marks the 41st anniversary of the Coast guard art program. Today, the collection holds over 2,000 works that capture the myriad missions the more than 41,000 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 vividly demonstrate the Service’s contributions to the country.
The 2022 collection is comprised of 38 works of art created by 27 artists. Among missions captured in these remarkable works are the many varied training exercises that help the Coast Guard be Semper Paratus, illegal drug interdiction, protecting the marine environment and living marine resources, work on aids to navigation, working dogs in service to the Coast Guard and daring search and rescue missions including rescues of stranded canines.
All works are generously donated by COGAP members, most of whom are professional artists.
Since its inception in 1981, the Club has been co-sponsor of the Coast guard art program. In recognition of its many contributions in this capacity it was awarded the Coast Guard’s distinguished public service award, the highest public award given.
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 overseas in its prestigious Art in Embassies program.
Acceptance Ceremony & Reception
7:15 PM | program starts
8:30 PM – 9:15 PM | reception resumes
Salmagundi members are invited to attend this year’s COGAP acceptance ceremony and reception. CAPT Zeita Merchant, of USCG Sector NY will serve as the evening’s MC. The event features the 2022 COGAP collection of art. For a limited time, there will be 15 seats available for registration to interested club members.
2021 George Gray award recipient for artistic excellence:
Fast rope insertion: demonstrated
16 x 20 inches
About the Image
A service member from the Coast Guard Maritime Security Response Team (MSRT)-West in San Diego executes a fast rope insertion from a Coast Guard helicopter down to the deck of the Cutter Steadfast. MSRT-West service members undergo advanced training and are proficient in specialized techniques to operate alongside federal, state and local partners and protect the nation from threats at sea and in the air.
About the Artist
Seattle-based artist, Frank Gaffney, became a COGAP member in 2009. Since then, he has contributed every year without fail to the collection. Today his contributions total 14 works of art. The Coast Guard sent the artist on deployment to Alaska in 2009 to view Operation Arctic Crossroads and in 2012, to the Cutter Kukui in Hawaii, to capture protection of the marine environment.