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Greg Montgomery: 30 Years of the Travers opens June 13

The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame will celebrate the 30th anniversary of renowned artist Greg Montgomery’s famed Travers Stakes poster series with a special exhibit entitled Greg Montgomery: 30 years of the Travers. The exhibition will debut with a special reception open to the public Saturday, June 13 at 4:30 p.m. in the Museum’s von Stade Gallery. The collection of works will remain on display through 2015.


Greg Montgomery: 30 Years of the Travers will include each of Montgomery’s 30 Travers Stakes posters from the inaugural work in 1986 through the 30th anniversary edition, “Crossing Union,” which will be unveiled exclusively at the reception June 13. Along with the Travers posters, the exhibit will feature unique silk-screens of Montgomery’s Travers pieces, as well as additional racing artwork, supporting materials and the stories that inspired the iconic collection. The 30th anniversary posters will be available for purchase at the event.


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 40 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.


The Travers poster series was inspired by the rich history of the Travers Stakes, the first race contested on Saratoga Race Course’s opening day 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 racing immortals such as Hall of Famers Man o’ War, Hindoo, Twenty Grand, Eight Thirty, Native Dancer, Sword Dancer, Buckpasser, Damascus, Easy Goer, Holy Bull and Point Given. The 146th running of the Travers is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 29 at Saratoga Race Course.