Kentucky Derby Museum is pleased to announce the Grand Prize Winner of the 37th annual Horsing Around With Art (HAWA) competition, presented by WinStar Farm: Hadley Klusman, a Junior at Mercy Academy.
Leaders from the Museum and Mercy Academy surprised Klusman at school with a dozen red roses and the news that she was the HAWA Grand Prize Winner for 2023. She also received the "Spring Race Day Experience" prize package, sponsored by Churchill Downs, which includes a table on Millionaires Row, a race named after Klusman, and the opportunity to present a trophy in the Winner's Circle to the first place horse and jockey. The Museum also awarded Mercy Academy with a $500 prize for art supplies.
This year, nearly 200 students in grades 1-12 from Louisville Metro public, private, and parochial schools entered the juried contest, which showcases the students' take on the Kentucky Derby in various artistic styles and mediums. All 192 entries, from 29 different schools, will be on display starting January 19 through May 12. The public can view the artwork, which will be on exhibit in the Matt Winn Gallery, with a general admission ticket to the Museum.