William Montgomery


William Montgomery
WILLIAM 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 is currently working on a series of paintings about the Nueces River of Texas which will be part of a book that he is collaborating on with his wife, author and artist, Margie Crisp. Selected Biographical and Career Highlights 1953 Born in Tyler, Texas 1972 TFAA Scholarship, Texas Fine Arts Association 1973–74 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque 1974 Perugia Fine Arts Academy, Perugia, Italy 1974–75 Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri 1975–77 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque 1996 Award of Merit, Southwest ’96, Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe Resides in Elgin, Texas Selected Exhibitions 1976 Two Edges on a Line, ASA Gallery, Albuquerque 1977 William B. Montgomery, Triple G Gallery, Providence, Rhode Island 1979 New Works—Carol Ivey and William B. Montgomery, Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin 1979 National Print Invitational, University of Dallas (touring) 1983 New Figurative Drawing in Texas, San Antonio Art Institute Gallery, San Antonio 1983 Four State Survey, Santa Fe Festival of the Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico 1985 Southwest '85, Museum of Santa Fe, New Mexico 1985 26th Annual Invitational Exhibition, Longview Museum of Fine Arts, Longview 1988 William Montgomery, Recent Works, Tyler Museum of Art, Tyler 1992 20th Anniversary Exhibition, 1972–1992, Art Center of Waco 1996 Southwest ‘96, Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe 2008 Art, Science and the World Around Us, Art Center of Waco 2009 Nature Under Pressure: Etchings and Lithographs by William B. Montgomery, Tyler Museum of Art, Tyler 2012 Restless Heart: Contemporary Texas Regionalism, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo 2013 Holidays at the Haley, Haley Memorial Library, Midland 2014 Painting in the Texas Tradition: Contemporary Texas Regionalism, Turner House, Dallas 2015 Painting in the Texas Tradition: Contemporary Texas Regionalism, Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts, Spring 2015 Ties that Bind: Contemporary Texas Regionalism, Turner House, Dallas Selected Public Collections Art Center of Waco Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Tyler Museum of Art, Tyler