Tag: Coast Guard Art Program

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Leendert van der Pool

George Gray Award winner Leendert van der Pool. Courtesy photo.

Each year a collection of artwork is submitted to the U.S. Coast Guard Art Program where a panel of judges selects a recipient for the George Gray Award for Artistic Excellence – in other words, they choose a “best in show.” This year’s award goes to Leendert van der Pool for his oil painting titled “Partnership.”

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Ken Smith, George Gray Award winner

Two women in operational dress uniforms and life vests stand on the bow of a Coast Guard response vessel, holding lengths of yellow rope attached to a bright orange ball. Their faces are steely-eyed in determination – they know the line they handle is a lifeline for someone in distress; a connection, a hope for survival.

It is this image Coast Guard painter Ken Smith captured that earned him the 2017 George Gray Award for Artistic Excellence. His “Lifeline” painting was inspired by his time spent with crew members from Coast Guard Station Emerald Isle in Beaufort, North Carolina, last summer.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Karen Loew, Coast Guard artist

Karen Loew’s “Migrants at Sea” was one of 33 artworks accepted into the 2017 Coast Guard Art Program (COGAP) collection. The collection went on display July 16 at New York’s Salmagundi Club and will remain on display through July 28. COGAP uses fine art to showcase the Coast Guard’s missions to a vast audience.

Art in Embassies program selects Coast Guard artwork

U.S. Coast Guard Art Program

The Coast Guard Art Program, COGAP, uses fine art to educate diverse audiences about Coast Guard missions, operations and people. Regularly displayed at libraries, museums and special events, the paintings showcase what Coast Guard men and women do on a daily basis. And recently, a painting was selected for a more prestigious display: in the home of a U.S. ambassador.

Coast Guard Art Program: Putting missions on canvas

“Inspiration for me as an artist comes from focusing on the individual, especially when dealing with Coast Guard members,” said Snow. “The ships and the machinery are all very interesting in their own ways but I’m always more interested in the person who operates them. It’s that intimate experience of the individual driving a vessel or operating a piece of machinery that interests me most.”

The Coast Guard on canvas: 2014 Art Program

US Coast Guard Art Program 2014 Collection, "Above the Seneca"

The dedication and character of the men and women of the U.S. Coast Guard provide inspiration for many across the nation. Some of the most inspired are Coast Guard artists who belong to the Coast Guard Art Program. Whether sculptor or painter, these select artists create works of art that tell the story of the service’s missions, heroes and history. This week, the Coast Guard Art Program will hold its inaugural exhibition of the 2014 collection at the Salmagundi Club in New York City. Today, we feature three members of the Coast Guard Art Program who have been inspired by the Coast Guard’s missions and people: James Consor, Tyson Snow and Karen Loew.