Julian Montague is a Buffalo, N.Y.-based artist, graphic designer, illustrator, and photographer. He is known in some quarters for a project in which he developed a system of classification for stray shopping carts. His book, The Stray Shopping Carts of Eastern North America: A Guide to Field Identification, was published in 2006 by Abrams Books. His work has also received attention from ArtnewsArt in AmericaFriezeNew York MagazineThe New York TimesThe Toronto Star, the BBC World Service, and many others. He has pieces in the collections of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Martin Z. Margulies, the Norton Museum of Art and the Progressive Insurance Company, as well as numerous private collections.

Montague has been working in graphic design since 1998. His freelance practice has allowed him to work on a wide range of projects. He has designed logos, posters, brochures, packaging, books, catalogs and websites. His work has been featured in several books including design historian Steven Heller’s The Design Entrepreneurs (Rockport Press, 2008), Typography Sketchbooks (Princeton Architectural Press, 2011) and Gestalten’s Fully Booked: Ink on Paper (2013). He is also the winner of a 2013 National Silver Addy Award for his State of America print series.

If you want to read a professionally written bio check out the Burchfield Penney Art Center’s Living Legacy entry.

Curriculum Vitae (art)

BORN: 1973, Madison, WI, USA

EDUCATION: B.A. 1996 Media Studies, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA

LIVE/WORK: Buffalo, NY


2018 Recent Fictions, Artpark, Lewiston, NY

2017 Fictions, Anna Kaplan Contemporary, Buffalo, NY

2017 Cars of the 1970's, 3sec.gallery, Breda, Netherlands

2015 Features, BT&C Gallery, Buffalo, NY

2015 Bird Captures, BT&C Gallery, Buffalo, NY

2014 Summer ShowGalerie 14, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

2014 In Ruins, BT&C Gallery, Buffalo, NY

2013 Animals & Architecture, Galerie Toutou Chic, Metz, France

2012 Invertebrates & Architecture, Marion Art Gallery, SUNY Fredonia, Fredonia, NY

2011 Secondary Occupants Collected & Observed, University of Waterloo Art Gallery, Waterloo, ON

2010 Secondary Occupants Collected & Observed, Black & White Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2009 Insect Drawings, Buffalo Museum of Science, Buffalo, NY

2008 To Know the Spiders, Black & White Gallery, New York, NY

2008 Other Orders, Albright-Knox Collector’s Gallery, Buffalo, NY

2007 The Stray Shopping Cart Identification System, The Light Factory, Charlotte, NC

2006 The Stray Shopping Cart Identification System, Black & White Gallery, New York, NY

2006 Site Study: Scajaquada Creek, Burchfield Penney Arts Center, Buffalo, NY

2005 Taxonomies, Black & White Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2005 Cleveland & Environs, Spaces Gallery, Cleveland, OH

2004 The Stray Shopping Cart: An Illustrated System of Identification, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo, NY

2003 The Stray Shopping Cart: An Illustrated System of Identification, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT

2002 The Nomadic Urban Architecture of Buffalo, New York (A Taxonomy of Stray Shopping Carts), Big Orbit Gallery/Soundlab, Buffalo, NY




  • The Corridors Gallery at the Henry Hotel, Buffalo, NY


  • Multiverse, Black & White Gallery, Brooklyn, NY


  • Stop Me if You've Heard This One: Humor and Satire from the Collection, Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY

  • Landscape Features, Black & White Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

  • Here, Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo, NY

  • Artifact and Process, Weeks Gallery, Jamestown, NY


  • Amid/In Western New York Part 5, Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, Buffalo, NY

  • Museum Studies, Berman Museum of Art, Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA

  • TH&B United, 270 Sherman, Hamilton, ON


  • Group Show, Galerie 14, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

  • Displacement, Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo, NY

  • Blow, BT&C Gallery, Buffalo, NY


  • Observer of the Impending Change, Spor Klübü, Berlin, Germany

  • Bound Requiem, Last Rites Gallery, New York, NY

  • Notched Bodies: Insects in Contemporary Art, The Arsenal Gallery, Central Park, New York, NY

  • Stocked: Contemporary Art from the Grocery Aisles, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA), Scottsdale, AZ

  • Stocked: Contemporary Art from the Grocery Aisles, Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State,Wichita, KS

  • Vascular Modes, Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, Buffalo, NY


  • TH&B2, 270 Sherman, Hamilton, ON

  • The World According To:, Black & White Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

  • Entmos, Exhibit A, Corning, NY


  • Now What?, Norton Museum of Art, Palm Beach, FL

  • Alternating Currents: Beyond/In Western New York Biennial, Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo, NY

  • ECHO: Sampling Visual Culture, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY


  • One Every Day, Curators: Printeresting.org, Elizabeth Foundation Project Space, New York, NY

  • UpArt: Rooms of Wonder, curators: Chris Mitchell & Barbara Gilbert, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, ON

  • Exhibition 2012+/The Drop Urban Art Infill, curators: Alexandra Chang & Mie Iwatsuki, New York, NY

  • Ecologies of Decay, Artspace, Buffalo, NY

  • Commune, curator: Dominique Nahas, Black & White Gallery, New York, NY


  • Waste Not, Want Not, Socrates Sculpture Center, Long Island City, Queens, NY

  • Sprawling, Shore Institute of The Contemporary Arts, Long Branch, NJ

  • Site Visits, curators: Ivan Jurakic, Esther E. Shipman, Cambridge Galleries, Cambridge, ON

  • Sign/Age II, Armand Bartos Gallery, New York, NY


  • Versionfest Invitational, curators: Brian Ulrich & Jon Gitelson, Zhou Art Center, Chicago, IL


  • Systems & Propositions, Rochester Contemporary, Rochester, NY

  • The Sanctuary and the Scrum, curator: David Hunt, Black and White Gallery, New York, NY

  • Young American Artists of Today, Bergen Museum of Arts & Sciences, Paramus, NJ


  • Young American Artists of Today, Central House of Artists, Moscow, Russia

  • Beyond/In Western New York 2005, Castellani Art Museum, Niagara Falls, NY


  • re: source, Art in General, New York, NY

  • Crits’ Pix, curator: Lily Wei, Black & White Gallery, Brooklyn, NY


2014 Displacement, Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo, NY

2011 Buffalo on the Bowery, Charles Bank Gallery, New York, NY


  • Albright-Knox Art Gallery

  • Burchfield Penney Arts Center

  • Margulies Collection at the Warehouse

  • The Norton Museum of Art

  • Progressive Insurance Collection


  • 2004 Scope Art Miami

  • 2005 Scope New York / Scope Miami

  • 2008 Next Art Chicago / Aqua Art Fair

  • 2010 Pulse Miami

  • 2011 Pulse New York / Pulse Los Angeles

  • 2016 Pulse Miami


  • 2005 Spaces World Artists Program, Spaces Gallery, Cleveland, OH

  • 2002 International Studio and Curatorial Program, New York, NY


  • Nancy Graves Foundation 2008 Grant nominee

  • Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation 2007 Award nominee

  • Winner Booksellers/Diagram Prize for the Oddest Book title of 2007

BOOK (author)

  • The Stray Shopping Carts Of Eastern North America: A Guide to Field Identification, Julian Montague, New York, Abrams IMAGE, an imprint of Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2006


  • Graphic Design x100, Editor: Dorian Lucas, Braun Publishing, 2014

  • Imaging Buffalo: Ineffably Urban, Editor: Miriam Paeslack, Ashgate Publishing, 2014

  • Fully Booked: Ink on Paper, Editors: R. Klanten, M. Hübner, A. Losowsky, Die Gestalten Verlag, 2013

  • THE DARK WOULD language art anthology, edited by Philip Davenport, Apple Pie Editions, 2013

  • Typography Sketchbooks, Steven Heller and Lita Talrico, Princeton Architectural Press, 2011

  • The Modernist, R. Klanten (Author, Editor), H. Hellige (Editor), Die Gestalten Verlag, 2011

  • The Design Entrepreneurs, Interview, Steven Heller and Lita Talrico, Rockport Publishers, Inc., 2008


  • Stocked: Contemporary Art from the Grocery Aisles, Emily Stamey, Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University/University of Washington Press, 2013

  • Season Two, essay by Ivan Jurakic, University of Waterloo Art Gallery (UWAG), 2011

  • Beyond/In Western New York 2010: Alternating Currents, essay by Scott Propeack, Burchfield Penny Art Center, 2010

  • Ecologies of Decay, essay by Allen Shelton, Artspace, Buffalo, NY, 2009

  • Prince of the Roving Life: Julian Montague’s Stray Shopping Cart, essay by Steve Hunt, Real Art Ways, Hartford CT, 2006

  • Julian Montague: The Stray Shopping Cart Project: Cleveland and Environs, essay by Benjamin Genocchio, Spaces Gallery, Cleveland, OH, 2006

  • The Stray Shopping Cart: An Illustrated System of Identification, essay by John Massier, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo, NY, 2004


  • A Look Back at the Greatest (and Only) Stray Shopping Cart Identification Guide Ever Made, Citylab/The Atlantic (web), January, 27, 2016, Mark Byrnes

  • Q & A with Julian Montague, Dwell Magazine (web), April 22, 2013

  • State of America, Choi’s Gallery, Vol. 21, February 2013

  • State of America Prints, Under Consideration Quarterly, 2013 Q1, 2013

  • Volumes From an Imagined Intellectual History of Animals, Architecture and Man, Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture, Issue 24, Spring 2013, Julian Montague

  • TH&B2: Post Industrial Strength, Canadian Art (web), June 7, 2012

  • Beyond/In Western New York, Frieze, Issue 137, March 2011, Steven Stern

  • Out of Place, Vogue Italia, January 2011, Mauriuccia Casadio

  • Beyond/In Western New York, Art in America, January 2011, Faye Hirsch

  • What Now?, The Miami Herald, January 2, 2011, Tom Austin

  • Looking Back at ‘Beyond,The Buffalo News, December 17, 2010, Colin Dabkowski

  • Norton Museum of Art Creates Striking New Exhibition with Pieces from the Miami Beach Fairs, ArtDaily.org, December 16, 2010

  • Stray Shopping Carts, Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture, Issue 10, Spring 2009, Sonia Britz

  • The Stray Shopping Cart Project, Gastronomica, Fall 2008, Julian Montague

  • Arachnophilia, New York Magazine, June 9, 2008

  • A Natural History of Consumption: The Stray Shopping Carts of Julian Montague, Postmodern Culture, Volume 18, Number 2, January 2008, David Banash

  • The Taxonomy of Stray Shopping Carts, The Toronto Star, May 6, 2007, Murray Whyte

  • Off his Trolley?, The Independent (UK), April 14, 2007, Genevieve Roberts

  • Shopping Cart Book wins ‘Oddest Title,’ Associated Press, April 13, 2007, Jill Lawless

  • Abandoned: The Art of the Cart, The New York Times, September 10, 2006, Eve M. Kahn

  • One man’s garbage is another man’s artistic treasure, The Buffalo News, July 23, 2006, Charity Vogel

  • From Moscow to the Bergen Mall, The New York Times, January 29, 2006, Benjamin Genocchio

  • The Stray Shopping Cart Project, Uovo, Issue #10, 2005

  • Toronto Shuffles off to Buffalo, Globe & Mail, June 1, 2005, Sarah Milroy

  • The Many Faces of Shopping Carts, or the Elegant Insects, Block Magazine, May 2005, Rachel Hymen

  • Dateline Brooklyn, Artnet.com, April 15, 2005, Stephen Maine

  • Visual Perimeter, TEN by TEN Magazine, Number 10, March 2005

  • Stray Shopping Carts inspire Buffalo Artist’s Exhibit, The Plain Dealer, January 21, 2005, Dan Tranberg

  • Critic’s Picks, Artnews, January 2005, Meredith Mendelsohn

  • Artseen, Crit Pix, Black & White Gallery, The Brooklyn Rail, July/August 2004, Shane McAdams

  • Tongue Planted Firmly in Cheek: The first of six artists still under 30 and full of it, Hartford Advocate, December 25, 2003, Patricia Rosoff

  • It May Be Minimal, but it Challenges the Intellect, The New York Times, November 30, 2003, Benjamin Genocchio


  • Chris Evans Drivetime Show, BBC Radio 1, Sep 2008

  • The Breakfast Show, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, April 17, 2007

  • Breakfast with Ross Sully, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Canberra, April 17, 2007

  • BBC World Service, April 12, 2007