Kentucky Derby Museum is pleased to announce the Grand Prize winner of the 36th annual Horsing Around with Art competition, presented by WinStar Farm. Lily Swan, a junior at Mercy Academy, was surprised during school Thursday with a dozen red roses, and will be awarded a "Spring Race Day Experience". This prize package includes a table on Millionaire's Row for a day, a race named after the student and the student will present a trophy in the Winner's Circle to the first place horse and jockey. Mercy Academy also receives a $500 prize to be used for art supplies.
Students in grades 1-12 from Louisville Metro public, private and parochial schools were able to enter the juried contest, which showcases the student’s take on the Kentucky Derby in various artistic styles, mediums and forms. All 201 entries, from 33 different schools, will be on display for two months at Kentucky Derby Museum. The exhibit runs from Friday, January 21 through March 20. The public can view the artwork with a general admission ticket to the Museum. Swan's winning artwork will be professionally framed and put on display at the Museum for the next year.
Judging took place Jan. 18, and included Kentucky Derby Museum Vice President, Katie Fussenegger, Churchill Downs Racetrack President, Mike Anderson, Kentucky Derby 148 Featured Milliner, Jenny Pfanenstiel, WinStar Farm Marketing Director, Linzay Marks and President of the Museum's Volunteer Group Margi Hahn.
All winners for thirteen Distinctive Awards will receive various prizes, including: a private tour of historic Hermitage Farm, a workshop led by Master Milliner Jenny Pfanenstiel, high quality art supplies, and a chance to experience Churchill Downs’ Backside during Derby week. This year, Kentucky Derby Museum is giving out 60 awards, from Grand Prize to Honorable Mention. The Museum will award a total of $6,400 to winning schools’ art departments.
Congratulations to Lily Swan, a junior at Mercy Academy for winning Grand Prize in the 36th annual Horsing Around with Art competition! She was surprised at school this morning and her work, “The Bath” beat out more than 200 other submitted pieces! Way to go Lily! Thank you to WinStar Farm for their sponsorship of HAWA!