Black Heritage in Racing:
Community Art Contest & Exhibition

Sponsored by Watson's & The Storage Project and Derby City Gaming

Lance G. Newman of Louisville is the winner of the $2,000 Grand Prize

Kentucky Derby Museum is pleased to announce the Grand Prize winner of its Black Heritage in Racing Community Art Contest, sponsored by Watson's, Derby City Gaming and The Storage Project. Lance G. Newman of Louisville was notified of his win for his work, The Will of Aunt Eliza. Newman will receive a $2000 cash Grand Prize from contest sponsor Derby City Gaming.

When speaking about his work, Newman describes it as, "The Will of Aunt Eliza is an ode to a pioneering black horsewoman [Eliza Carpenter]. Born into slavery, she quickly inflicted her will on her condition and rose above and beyond the social standard of that day. The Will of Aunt Eliza stands as a reminder that no amount of oppression can halt the will of freedom."

Kentucky Derby Musuem is proud to play a role in the continued dialogue about the significant impact African American trainers, horse owners, and jockeys have had and continue to have on the sport of horse racing and the Kentucky Derby. "We are grateful for the support of our community partners in working to ensure the stories of Black horse men and women are told as an integral part of the Kentucky Derby's history," said Patrick Armstrong, Kentucky Derby Museum President and CEO.

In addition to the Grand Prize, cash prizes were also awarded to first, second and third place. Honorable mention awards were also given out to four other participating artists. Artist Simone Brown was awarded honorable mention and given an additional prize from Watson's which included a $2,500 gift card good for use in-store at their locations. This link will take you to images of the top five winning art pieces.

Artwork submitted to the contest will be displayed at the Kentucky Derby Museum and Watson’s starting later this Spring. Additional art will be displayed by our community partners: the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, KMAC Museum, Louisville Free Public Library, and the Muhammad Ali Center.


Art Contest Winners


Grand Prize winning art by Lance G. Newman

The Will of Aunt Eliza

By Lance G. Newman
Grand Prize Winner

First Place winning art by Jim Gastinger

By Jim Gastinger
First Place

Second Place winning art by Robert Fox
Jimmy Winkfield

By Robert Fox
Second Place

Third Place winning art by Karen Roland
Jockey of Many Colors

By Karen Roland
Third Place

Watsons Prize winning art by Simone Brown

The Black Maestro

By Simone Brown
Watson's Prize Winner


Honorable Mentions:

Simone Brown, The Black Maestro

Katherine Lowing, The Groom

Lee Thomason, Untangle and Smooth: All for One Race

Stephanie Dunatov, Boots Breland and Cosey Win Whitemarsh Hurdles, 1946




Community Partners



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