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Horse Play

This upcoming feature exhibit at the Kentucky Derby Museum explores the sense of play that is a true part of the world's greatest sporting event. Horse Play will showcase equine toys and games in a hands-on experience for kids and adults alike. Taking the form of an interactive game, visitors will activate the sights and sounds around them progressing from a history of horse toys and games to over-sized versions of the artifacts themselves. Drawing from over 140 years of history, Horse Play will highlight artifacts, photographs and videos displaying the playful, mischievous, and exciting event the Derby is today.

This exhibit will be located on the second floor in the Matt Winn Gallery.

Click an image below to see more of some toys that will be on display:


Download some games to play at home:

Horse Name Game

Derby Crossword

Design your own Silks

Horse Breed Seek & Find

Derby Horse Seek & Find

Make a Horse Puppet

Make a Horse Bookmark




February 3 - August 3, 2014



This new exhibit series features Louisville based visual artists commissioned by the museum to interpret the history and heritage of the Kentucky Derby. Exhibiting artists include printmakers Nick Baute and Robert Ronk of Hound Dog Press, multi-media artist Susanna Crum, and painter and illustrator Douglas Miller. The exhibit runs February 3rd through August 3rd,2014 in the Museum’s Pollard Gallery.  In addition on May 27 & 28, educational art workshops will be held for local schools with the participation of the exhibiting artists.  Students will create their own prints using horseshoes and racing equipment that will be displayed in the gallerythrough August 3rd.

If you are a teacher and would like information about participating in a workshop, please contact Ronnie Dreistadt


Susanna Crum

Susanna CrumSusanna Crum was born in Louisville, Kentucky, where she currently lives and works. She received an MFA in Printmaking from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA in 2012, and a BFA from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY in 2008. Susanna’s work has recently been featured in exhibitions at the Louisville Visual Art Association's gallery Public, Louisville, KY (2013); ABW Gallery, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA (2012); Benedictine University, Lisle, IL (2011); Liu Haisu Art Museum, Shanghai, China (2011); and the Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, MO (2011). The inaugural recipient of the M.A. Hadley Prize for Visual Arts (2013), Susanna moved to Louisville to start a fine art printmaking studio with Rodolfo Salgado Jr. She currently teaches at the Kentucky School of Art at Spalding University.


Hound Dog Press
Nick Baute & Robert Ronk

Hound Dog PressOwned and operated by Nick Baute and Robert Ronk, Hound Dog Press is a full service letterpress shop located at 309 East Market Street. Nick and Robert met at the University of Kentucky where they both earned their Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Printmaking.  After graduating, Nick moved to New York where he worked at renowned Bowne & Co. Stationers, a unique 19th century letterpress shop.  In 2004, Nick started doing his own commissions under the Hound Dog Press name. He moved back to Kentucky where Robert joined him to open their doors. They specialize in custom invitations and announcements, greeting cards, stationary, posters, and much more.


Douglas Miller

Douglas Miller Horse ArtDouglas Miller is a professional artist whose drawings are exhibited regionally and in galleries across the United States. Additionally, Douglas does freelance illustrations as well as private and corporate commissions. His artwork is in the collection of the Evansville Museum of Arts and Science, the University of Louisville, the Speed School of Engineering, and numerous private collections. Douglas lives and works in Louisville, Kentucky.






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