Black Heritage in Racing:
Community Art Contest & Exhibition

Call for Artists

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

In continuation of its efforts to build the new Black Heritage in Racing exhibit and experiences around Black voices and stories, the Kentucky Derby Museum invites the community to join a dialogue about horse racing and the Black experience in Louisville by entering a juried art contest and exhibition. The contest is open to all United States residents 18 years of age or over. BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, Persons of Color) especially encouraged to enter.

All art submitted is eligible for various prizes including a $2,000 grand prize sponsored by Derby City Gaming. Selected art will be displayed at the Kentucky Derby Museum and Watson’s, the co-sponsor of the contest. 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.

Interested artists should consider the following questions as they create artwork for the contest:

  • How have Black Americans shaped or experienced the Kentucky Derby?
  • What are the Kentucky Derby traditions of the Black Community?
  • Who are the Black heroes—sung and unsung—of the horse industry?

KDM invites all interested artists to come to the Museum and view the Black Heritage in Racing exhibit to better inform their artwork or view the virtual tour below for ideas and inspiration.

All artists needed to register by November 15, 2021. Upon registering, artists received detailed information on submission guidelines and how to submit their artwork. The submission guidelines are available here.

All art must be submitted by December 15, 2021. Winners will be announced by January 15, 2022 with exhibitions of selected artwork beginning Spring 2022. Any questions about the contest and exhibitions can be directed to Curator of Collections Jessica Whitehead at or 502-637-1111, ext. 2204.



Community Partners



Preview the Black Heritage in Racing exhibit, and come see it in-person!