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Community Spotlight: The Coast Guard Art Program

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by Jennifer Crowley Fyke
July 21, 2020

The Coast Guard Art Program’s mission of raising awareness for the Coast Guard’s service to our country runs parallel to the Coast Guard Foundation’s mission of honoring Coast Guard heroes and mission excellence. For many years, we partnered with COGAP by showcasing artwork from its collected works at our annual Salute to the U.S. Coast Guard in New York City.

We look forward to seeing the new pieces added to the collection each year. The artists’ renderings of the diverse Coast Guard mission-sets shine a bright light on the service’s contributions to our Nation’s safety and security.

This month, John Ward was named the winner of the 2020 George Gray Award for Artistic Excellence, the Coast Guard Art Program’s highest honor. Ward received the award from among 22 artists whose 31 works are on display through August 7, 2020, at COGAP’s annual exhibit at the Salmagundi Club in New York City.

Ward received the juried award for his acrylic painting “Rescue Near Galveston.” The artwork shows An Air Station Houston helicopter rescuing an oil tanker crew member during a medical emergency.

Can’t make it to New York City this year to view the exhibit? Watch a virtual art show here.

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The cover image is a painting, "Homeland Security", by COGAP artist Daven Anderson.

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