Distinctive Awards

Grand Prize Winner

Sponsored by Churchill Downs and Presented by Kentucky Derby Museum

"Best captures the spirit of the Kentucky Derby"

Elizabeth Lepley
Christian Academy of Louisville
Grade 12

Artist receives a Race Day Experience during the Spring Meet at Churchill Downs, art supplies, plaque, and ribbon. School receives $500 donation to art department.


Backside Award Winner

Sponsored by Kentucky Derby Museum

"Best portrays life on the Backside at Churchill Downs, including any of the people, activities, equipment or animals involved in the training and care of Thoroughbreds"

Madilyn Stewart
Wheeler Elementary
Grade 5

Artist receives private tour of the Backside at Churchill Downs on the Sunday morning of at the start of Derby Week, art supplies, plaque, and ribbon. School receives $500 donation to art department.


Winston Memorial Award Winner

Sponsored by Kentucky Derby Museum

"Best illustrates the importance of companionship in the horse’s life provided by either humans or other animals"

Ceci Mudd
Saint Francis of Assisi
Grade 4

Artist receives passes to Old Friends Farm, art supplies, plaque, and ribbon. School receives $500 donation to art department.


Thoroughbred Award Winner

Sponsored by Hermitage Farm and Presented by Kentucky Derby Museum

"Best represents the beauty or athleticism of the Thoroughbred racehorse"

Jaida Alee
Ballard High School
Grade 12

Artist receives a private tour of Hermitage Farm (a working Thoroughbred farm), art supplies, a plaque and a certificate. School receives $500 donation to art department.


WinStar Award

Sponsored and Presented by WinStar Farm

Selected as the favorite of the farm

Terrion Girten
Butler Traditional High School
Grade 12

Artist receives art supplies, plaque and a certificate. School receives $100 donation to art department.


The Outriders Society Award

Sponsored by Kentucky Derby Museum's Volunteer Organization, The Outriders Society

"Best showcases the traditions of the Kentucky Derby"

Mia Langford
Pleasure Ridge Park High School
Grade 10

Artist receives art supplies, plaque and a certificate. School receives $100 donation to art department.


Employees' Choice Award

Sponsored by Kentucky Derby Museum Employees

Voted to be the overall favorite by the employees of the Kentucky Derby Museum

Samuel Budelsky
Wheeler Elementary School
Grade 3

Artist receives a Museum Gift Shop package, plaque and a certificate.


Millinery Fashion Award

Sponsored and Presented by Formé Millinery

"Best embodies Derby fashion"

Artists receive a private fascinator workshop at Formé Millinery with owner and Official Milliner of the Kentucky Derby Museum, Jenny Pfanenstiel.

Jarely Aguilar Navas
Wilkerson Traditional Elementary
Grade 1

Lilly Baker
Wilkerson Traditional Elementary
Grade 4

Abigail Barker
Barret Traditional Middle School
Grade 8

Emma Hayes
St. Gabriel
Grade 6

Emerson Homm
Bloom Elementary
Grade 2

Caroline Keeney
Saint Francis of Assisi
Grade 2


Vote for your favorite artist!

We are excited to announce the addition of the Viewer’s Choice Award, chosen by you! Viewer’s Choice Award Winner will receive a Fast Track Family Membership to the Kentucky Derby Museum. All artwork is eligible. One vote per email address. Winner will be notified at the end of the exhibition.

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