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Racing Museum Plans Voss Exhibit in 2007

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – The work of the distinguished equine artist Franklin Brooke Voss will be featured in an exhibit in 2007 at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. Ms. Gregory R. Weidman is the curator of the Voss exhibit, which is scheduled to be on display from July 21 to November 18 in the Peter McBean Gallery at the Museum. Voss, who died in 1953, was the leading American equestrian artist of his day and the best-known member of a family of accomplished artists. He was particularly well known for his portraits of America’s top horses. He received over 500 commissions from premier racing families, including the Whitneys, Riddles, Vanderbilts, Phippses and Wideners. He painted such racing greats as Man o’ War, Equipoise, Seabiscuit, War Admiral, Sir Barton and Whirlaway, all of whom are members of the Hall of Fame. Many of these paintings will be in the exhibition. The exhibit will feature up to 60 works, including some of the artist’s preliminary sketches still owned by the family, to be displayed alongside the related completed works. Weidman has been working since January 1998 as Furnishings Project Coordinator for Historic Hampton Inc., consulting for Hampton National Historic Site in Baltimore County, Maryland. Through 1997, she was on the staff of the Maryland Historical Society for nearly 20 years, including more than 17 years as a curator. Nationally recognized as a leading authority on Maryland furniture, her numerous publications include Furniture in Maryland 1740-1940: The Collection of the Maryland Historical Society. She was also an essayist and guest curator for American Furniture from the Kaufman Collection at The National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC (1984–1987) and author of the Maryland and Southern furniture entries for Treasures of State (1988-1991), the collection catalogue of the US Department of State. In 1993, she was the project director, catalogue editor, and essayist for the exhibition Classical Maryland, 1815-1845: Fine and Decorative Arts for the Golden Age. She continues to provide consulting services on historic furnishings and furniture for both museums and private clients, including the Maryland Historical Society and Mount Clare Museum House in Baltimore. Weidman also has extensive experience in sporting art related projects. In 1994, she was curator of a major loan exhibition at the Maryland Historical Society honoring the 100th anniversary of the Maryland Hunt Cup. More recently, she was guest curator, with Peter Winants, for the exhibition Americans at Aintree: A Celebrationof Horses, Owners, and Riders in the English Grand National, which opened at Shawan Downs in April 2005. Americans at Aintree was also exhibited at the National Sporting Library in Middleburg, VA and is now on view at the National Steeplechase Museum in South Carolina. Weidman received her BA from Hollins College, Virginia, and was a graduate fellow in the Winterthur Museum Program in Early American Culture of the University of Delaware. She gives many lectures annually to museums, historical societies, educational institutions, professional organizations, and collectors’ groups around the country.
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This Story Was Updated: 11/28/2006
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