Horsing Around With Art

Hundreds of pieces of extraordinary student artwork are on display for the Kentucky Derby Museum’s 32nd annual Horsing Around with Art: A Student’s view of the Sport of Kings art competition, presented by WinStar.

The competition is open to students in grades one through 12 from Louisville Metro public, private or parochial schools and showcases the student's take on the Kentucky Derby in different artistic style, media and form. This year, more than 30 schools submitted over 200 pieces of artwork for the competition.

The grand prize winner of the Horsing Around With Art competition, Ivylee McKean, a senior at Pleasure Ridge Park High School, was awarded the top prize out of more than 200 entries from 30 Metro Louisville schools.

McKean's oil painting, flecked with gold leafing, of horses coming down the stretch with the famed Twin Spires in the distance was judged to best "capture the spirit of the Kentucky Derby". She will receive six box seats to Kentucky Derby 144, a ribbon, plaque and a certificate. PRP's art department will also receive $500 for art supplies. Her work will be professionally framed and displayed in the Museum for one year.

Kentucky Derby Museum Patrick Armstrong, Education Coordinator Heather Hill and other staff members, along with Ivylee's Mom, surprised her with a dozen red roses and the news that she'd won the contest during her art class Monday.

Other distinctive and divisional award winners were also announced today. For a complete list, click here.


"Horsing Around with Art is an exhibit we look forward to opening each year. The spirit of the Kentucky Derby and the equine industry is captured with such creativity and talent by all student artists. The quality of the artwork never fails to amaze the judges and visitors alike. It is a wonderful way to celebrate and champion the arts in our local schools."

– Kentucky Derby Museum President Patrick Armstrong

"WinStar is proud to support the Kentucky Derby Museum's student art competition that not only encourages youth to participate and express their talent but also to become fans of the Thoroughbred industry in the process. Initiatives that have the ability to create new fans are essential to the sport and generate excitement for one of the industry's most celebrated events."

– President and CEO of WinStar Farm Elliott Walden