Kapsner’s work included in Coast Guard art collection

“Friday Afternoon,” a 14-inch by 24-inch oil on canvas depicting a training exercise simulating actual events, painted by Little Falls artist Charles Kapsner. It is from the Coast Guard Station, Bayfield, Wis., and was officially accepted into the 2017 Coast Guard Art Collection at the Salmagundi Club in New York City.

Charles Gilbert Kapsner was one of 29 artists nationwide and the only Minnesota artist, whose artwork titled “Friday Afternoon” was officially accepted July 20, by Coast Guard Admiral Charles Michel into the 2017 Coast Guard Art Collection at the Salmagundi Club in New York City.  The Coast Guard Art Program (COGAP) is co-sponsored by the United States Coast Guard and the Salmagundi Club, one of the oldest art organizations in the United States.

COGAP makes use of fine art to educate diverse audiences about the Coast Guard. 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, is displayed in 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 in its prestigious Art in Embassies program.


Charles Kapsner received a Public Service Commendation from Admiral Charles Michel, 30th Vice Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard and Salmagundi Club President Robert Pillsbury, July 20. Pictured are (from left): Michel, Kapsner and Pillsbury.

Today, the collection holds nearly 2,000 works of art that bring to life the missions performed daily by the over 41,000 active-duty men and women of the service, as well as reservists and Auxiliary members. The 2017 collection is comprised of 33 works by 29 artists, making this one of the service’s largest collections in recent years.

Kapsner is currently working on the fourth of five 8-foot by 10-foot oil paintings for the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery near Little Falls, each painting depicting the stories of the men and women of each branch of the U.S. military. The Marine Corps painting is underway. Visit  www.vetsart.org for more information.