2023 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, 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. COGAP art provides visual testimony to the unique contribution to the nation in its multifaceted roles as a military, humanitarian and as a law enforcement organization. Museums around the country exhibit art from the program. It is displayed in the offices of members of Congress, Cabinet secretaries, senior government officials and other military services and Coast Guard leadership and locations nationwide. The overseas State Department also display these works in its Art in Embassies program.

This year marks the 42nd anniversary of the COGAP. The collection holds over 2,000 works that capture the myriad missions the 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 2023 collection is comprised of 38 works created by 25 artists. Among missions captured in these works are training exercises that help the Coast Guard be Semper Paratus, illegal migrant interdiction operations, protection of the marine environment and living marine resources, work on aids to navigation, canines in service to the Coast Guard, as well as daring search and rescue missions including the Service’s response to the devastation wrought by hurricanes. COGAP members, most of whom are professional artists, donate all the featured pieces.

Please enjoy this virtual exhibition of artwork from 2023.

Check out previous COGAP virtual artwork exhibitions:

2022 | 2021 | 2020 | 2019 | 2018

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