William Montgomery

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William Montgomery

WILLIAM B. MONTGOMERY (b. 1953)

 

William Montgomery is a painter and printmaker who lives near Elgin, just east of Austin. Born and raised in Tyler, he studied art at the Kansas City Art Institute and the University of New Mexico. While studying at the Academia de Belle Arti de Perugia in Italy, Montgomery developed an interest in classical European painting which had a major influence on his painting technique as well as his approach to subject matter. A life-long fascination with nature is a continuing influence and his current work explores animals in their environments, particularly their convergence with civilization.

 

Montgomery is also an accomplished printmaker. His twin interests in natural history and traditional etching techniques contribute to skilled and sometimes humorous prints, mainly of Texas and its residents. His scientifically-precise etchings of snakes have appeared on the covers of a number of important herpetology books.

 

Montgomery has recently finished a series of paintings about the Nueces River of Texas which are included in an award-winning book that he collaborated on with his wife, author and artist, Margie Crisp. In 2020 Montgomery completed two

paintings which will be featured in the upcoming book, The Art of Texas Parks (to be published by the Texas A&M University Press in fall of 2022) and the traveling exhibits celebrating the Centennial of the Texas State Park System.

 

Selected Biographical and Career Highlights

·       1953 Born in Tyler, Texas

·       1972 TFAA Scholarship, Texas Fine Arts Association

·       1973–74 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico

·       1974 Perugia Fine Arts Academy, Perugia, Italy

·       1974–75 Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri

·       1975–77 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico

·       1996 Award of Merit, Southwest ’96, Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe, New Mexico

·       2017 Artwork for the award-winning book The Nueces River: Rio Escondido by Margie Crisp, Texas A&M University Press

·       Resides in Elgin, Texas

 

Selected Exhibitions

 · 2020 On Being Human, group exhibition, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas

· 2019-2021 The Texas Aesthetic, Sarah Foltz Fine Art, Houston

· 2019 Lone Star Wild: Margie Crisp, David Everett, Billy Hassell and William B. Montgomery, group exhibition, Davis Gallery, Austin, Texas

· 2018  Of Texas Rivers and Art Touring Exhibition, Mayborn Museum at Baylor University, Waco

· 2017 Margie Crisp & William Montgomery: Opposing Currents, Baugh Center for the Visual Arts Gallery, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Belton

· 2017 Of Texas Rivers and Texas Art, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo; Texas Capitol Ground Floor Rotunda, Austin; Witte Museum, San Antonio (book by same title published by Texas A&M Press)

· 2017 Lone Star Legacies in Contemporary Texas Art, Haley Memorial Library & History Center, Midland

· 2017 Contemporary Texas Regionalism: A Holiday Show, William Reaves | Sarah Foltz Fine Art, Houston

· 2017 The Extraordinary Tale: Magic Realism in Art, Bath House Cultural Center, Dallas, Texas

· 2016-17 The Texas Aesthetic, Annual Exhibition, William Reaves | Sarah Foltz Fine Art, Houston

· 2016 The Wilds of Texas: Capturing Flora & Fauna of the Lone Star State, William Reaves | Sarah Foltz Fine Art, Houston

· 2016 Contemporary Texas Regionalism: A Holiday Show, William Reaves | Sarah Foltz Fine Art, Houston

· 2015 Ties that Bind: Contemporary Texas Regionalism, Turner House, Dallas

· 2015 Texas Visions: Contemporary Texas Regionalism, Nave Museum, Victoria

· 2015 Menagerie, Art and the Animal Kingdom, group exhibition, The Grace Museum, Abilene, Texas

· 2014-15 Painting in the Texas Tradition, traveled: Turner House, Dallas; Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts, Spring (catalogue)

· 2014-15 Holiday Show featuring the Contemporary Texas Regionalists, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston

· 2014 60th Anniversary Exhibition: A Celebration of Valley House Artists, group exhibition, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas

· 2014 Masterful Marks: An Exploration of the Medium of Drawing, group exhibition, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas

· 2014 Texas Critters, Large Gallery, The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas, Texas

· 2014 Contemporary Texas: Selections from the Permanent Collection, Tyler Museum of Art, Tyler, Texas

· 2014 Intersecting Plains: Views of the Texas Coast & Texas Drought, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston

· 2013 Restless Heart: Contemporary Texas Regionalism, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo (catalogue)

· 2013 Celebrating the Regionalist Legacy in Texas Art, William Reaves Fine Art and the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts at the Gage Hotel, Marathon 

· 2013 A Tribute to Texas Rivers, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston

· 2013 Hill Country Love Affair: Interpretations of a Texas Heartland, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston

· 2013 Holidays at the Haley, Haley Memorial Library & History Center, Midland

· 2012 Contemporary Texas Regionalists, traveled: Haley Memorial Library & History Center, Midland; Gage Hotel, Marathon

· 2010-15 The Texas Aesthetic, Annual Exhibition, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston

· 2010 The Presence of Light: Sky and Light in the Texas Landscape, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston

· 2010 New Works: Highlights from the Permanent Collection, Tyler Museum of Art, Tyler, Texas

· 2009 Solo, Nature Under Pressure: Etchings and Lithographs by William B. Montgomery, Tyler Museum of Art, Tyler


· 2009 Thank You Fort Worth: An Appreciation from Valley House Gallery & Sculpture Garden, Group Exhibition, Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Fort Worth, Texas

· 2008-2009 Art, Science, and the World Around Us, group exhibition, Art Center Waco, Waco, Texas

· 2008 Texas Tour: 100 Years of Texas Landscape Painting, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas

· 2007 Bits & Pieces: Collage, Assemblage & Constructions, group exhibition, Kingfisher Fine Art & Music, O’Connor Building, Elgin, Texas

· 2006 Kingdom Animalia: Creatures Big and Small by Artists Old and New (group exhibition), Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas

· 2006 Group show, Kingfisher Fine Art & Music, Elgin, Texas

· 2005 Introductions, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas

· 2003 McNay Art Fair, McNay Museum of Art, San Antonio, Texas (Valley House Gallery)

· 2002 McNay Art Fair, McNay Museum of Art, San Antonio, Texas (Valley House Gallery)

· 2000 WACOWS: A Mooving Experience; Cowfish, The Art Center of Waco, Texas

· 2000 Significant Other: Margie Crisp and William B. Montgomery, Tarrytown Gallery, Austin, Texas

· 1999 McNay Print Fair, McNay Museum of Art, San Antonio, Texas (Valley House Gallery)

· 1997 Natural Wonders, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas

· 1997 William B. Montgomery, Waco Art Center, Waco Texas

· 1996 Something in the Water, Tarrytown Gallery, Austin, Texas

· 1996 Images of Nature, Martin-Rathburn Gallery, San Antonio, Texas

· 1996 Confluence, Hill Country Arts Foundation, Ingram, Texas

· 1996 Southwest ‘96, Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe, New Mexico

· 1995 William B. Montgomery & Bradley Peterson, Martin-Rathburn Gallery, San Antonio, Texas

· 1995 Reality Check: William B. Montgomery & Michael Mogavera, Craighead-Green Gallery, Dallas, Texas

· 1995 William B. Montgomery, Narrative Landscapes, de Saisset Museum, University of Santa Clara, Santa Clara, California

· 1994 William B. Montgomery, The Cinnabar, Alpine, Texas

· 1993 William B. Montgomery, Lovegene Gallery, Marathon, Texas

· 1992 Second Nature, Adair Margo Gallery, El Paso, Texas

· 1992 20th Anniversary Exhibition - 1972-1992, The Art Center, Waco, Texas

· 1991 The Naked Show, Hall-Barnett Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana

· 1991 William B. Montgomery, Lovegene Gallery, Marathon, Texas

· 1990 Another Chain Reaction, Austin Visual Arts Association, Austin, Texas

· 1990 Art in Public Places: Billboard Award, Austin Visual Arts Association, Austin, Texas

· 1990 The Flower Show, Hall-Barnett Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana

· 1989 Grand Opening, Hall-Barnett Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana

· 1989 Intimate Images: Small Works on Paper, St. Edward's University, Austin, Texas

· 1988 Zoomorphism: Animals in Art, Trammell Crow Center, Dallas, Texas

· 1988 William B. Montgomery and Amy Bridges, Dean Gallery, Tyler, Texas

· 1988 Solo, William Montgomery, Recent Works, Tyler Museum of Art, Tyler, Texas

· 1987 William B. Montgomery, Clifford Gallery, Dallas, Texas

· 1987 True Wit, Humor in Texas Art, Cullen Center, Houston Texas

· 1985 Dimensional Paper, San Antonio Art Institute Gallery, San Antonio, Texas

· 1985 26th Annual Invitational Exhibition, Longview Museum and Arts Center, Longview, Texas

· 1985 Southwest '85, Museum of Santa Fe, New Mexico

· 1984 Exposition Grafica, Galeria Municipal, Guadalajara, Mexico

· 1984 William B. Montgomery, Clifford Gallery, Dallas, Texas

· 1983 Four State Survey, Santa Fe Festival of the Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico

· 1983 Invitational '83, Longview Museum and Arts Center, Longview, Texas

· 1983 New Figurative Drawing in Texas, San Antonio Art Institute Gallery, San Antonio

· 1982 Invitational '82, Longview Museum and Arts Center, Longview, Texas

· 1982 Fun and Games, The Art Center, Waco, Texas

· 1981 William B. Montgomery, Clifford Gallery, Dallas, Texas’

· 1981 William B. Montgomery, Roberta Starr Gallery, Austin, Texas

· 1981 Invitational '81, Longview Museum and Arts Center, Longview, Texas

· 1980 Fantasy, Bois D'Arc Gallery, Austin, Texas

· 1980 Texas Only, Texas Fine Arts Association Annual Exhibition, Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, Texas

· 1980 Invitational '80, Longview Museum and Arts Center, Longview, Texas

· 1979 National Print Invitational, University of Dallas (touring)

· 1979 New Works—Carol Ivey and William B. Montgomery, Laguna Gloria Museum, Austin

· 1979 Corpus Christi Art Foundation Annual Exhibition, Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, Texas

· 1979 Contemporary Art Exhibition, Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, Texas

· 1978 Images - L. B. Brown and William B. Montgomery, Trinity House Gallery, Austin, Texas

· 1977 Solo, William B. Montgomery, Triple G Gallery, Providence, Rhode Island

· 1976 Two Edges on a Line, ASA Gallery, Albuquerque, New Mexico

 

 

Selected Public Collections

· Art Center of Waco, TX

· Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX

· Hard Rock Café, Boston, MA

· Texas A&M University Press, College Station, TX

· The Grace Museum, Abilene, TX

· Tyler Museum of Art, Tyler, TX

 

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