tezanos sketchbook

The Tezanos sketchbook

Coast Guard Art Program artist Robert Selby deployed with Coast Guard Cutter Joseph for two weeks in May 2018. While aboard, Selby executed an artist’s sketchbook in preparation for a painting that will take the work of the Coast Guard at Sector San Juan as its theme.

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

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

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.”

Coast Guard Vice Adm. Charles Michel (left) and Robert Pillsbury (right), present a Coast Guard Art Program award to Petty Officer 2nd Class Jasen Newman (center), at the Salmagundi Club in New York City, July 20, 2017. Photo courtesy of Paul Backalenick.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: MK2 Jasen Newman

It’s not often a Coast Guard service member is also a member of the Coast Guard Art Program (COGAP). In fact, this is very rare, and Petty Officer 2nd Class Jasen Newman, a machinery technician, is among a select few who can lay claim to this twin appellation.

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.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Robert Semler

George Gray Award for Artistic Excellence recipient, Robert Semler’s 50-some-odd years of artistry certainly speaks for itself. He received his fourth George Gray Award for his Coast Guard-inspired painting titled “Guardians of the Sea.”

U.S. Coast Guard Art Program

Art in Embassies program selects Coast Guard artwork

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 on canvas

The Coast Guard Art Program uses fine art as an outreach tool for educating diverse audiences about the U.S. Coast Guard. The artists that participate in the program obtain these scenes through stock photography taken by Coast Guard members or through first-hand experience by spending time with Coast Guard units.

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.”

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

The Coast Guard on canvas: 2014 Art Program

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.

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