On the Cover: Artist Greg Montgomery. Photo: Paula Rosenberg
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Renowned equine artist Greg Montgomery, who has been producing artwork associated with Saratoga Race Course’s famed Travers Stakes since 1986, will sign copies of the 36th edition of his annual Travers poster series at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame on Saturday, June 19 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Posters will be available for purchase through the Museum’s gift shop for $50 each. The 2021 poster features the memorable 2020 Travers win by Tiz the Law, owned by Saratoga-based partnership Sackatoga Stable.
A native of Washington, D.C., Montgomery received his formal training at the University of New Mexico and The College of Saint Rose in Albany, N.Y. His series of Travers Stakes posters is the longest continuing series of art featuring a single event by a single artist in racing history. Montgomery has worked as an art director for General Electric and Capital Region magazine, as well as design editor for the Albany (N.Y.) Times Union.
Montgomery has done numerous commissioned works throughout his career, including 42 covers for the Dick Francis mystery novels. In 2008, he published the book “The History and Art of 25 Travers” along with writer Vic Zast. Montgomery’s work has been displayed in numerous galleries and exhibitions and is in the permanent collection of the Library of Congress and the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. In 2015, his Travers series was featured in an exhibit at the National Museum of Racing, entitled Greg Montgomery: 30 years of the Travers. In 2016, Montgomery’s work was exhibited at the National Sporting Library & Museum in Middleburg, Va. The show, titled To the Finish: The Art & Process of Greg Montgomery, delved into the artist’s creative process with serigraphs (silkscreen prints), drawings, and cut-paper studies, as well as giclées; showing the shift in technology from when Montgomery first began his series.
Montgomery’s Travers poster series has been inspired by the rich history of the Travers Stakes, the first race contested on Saratoga Race Course’s opening day on Aug. 2, 1864. Named in honor of William R. Travers, the first president of the Saratoga Association, the inaugural Travers Stakes was won by future Hall of Fame member Kentucky, a horse Travers owned in partnership.
One of the most prestigious races in America, the Travers has been won by thoroughbred immortals such as Hall of Famers Buckpasser, Damascus, Easy Goer, Eight Thirty, Hindoo, Holy Bull, Native Dancer, Man o’ War, and Twenty Grand. A total of 24 Hall of Fame racehorses have won the Travers.
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