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Greg Montgomery to unveil 2016 Travers artwork June 19 at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame

Renowned equine artist Greg Montgomery, who has been producing artwork associated with Saratoga Race Course’s famed Travers Stakes since 1986, will unveil the 31st edition of his annual Travers series at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame on Sunday, June 19 at 2 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Posters will be available for purchase and will be signed by Montgomery.

 

Montgomery will give a brief presentation and discussion about his Travers series, answer any audience questions and then unveil the 2016 edition, titled “August Light.”

 

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. In 2015, his Travers series was featured in an exhibit at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, entitled Greg Montgomery: 30 years of the Travers.

 

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 Man o’ War, Hindoo, Twenty Grand, Eight Thirty, Native Dancer, Sword Dancer, Buckpasser, Damascus, Easy Goer, Holy Bull and Point Given.