LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Kentucky Derby Museum has announced the Grand Prize winner of the 34th annual Horsing Around with Art competition, presented by WinStar Farm. Anna Federico, a senior at Mercy Academy, was surprised during school Tuesday with a dozen red roses, and will be awarded six box seats to the 146th Kentucky Derby, a ribbon, plaque and certificate. Mercy Academy also receives $500 for art supplies.
Federico’s artwork, pictured above and entitled, “Secretariat’s Legacy,” was built upon three famous Kentucky Derby Triple Crown winners: Secretariat, American Pharoah, and Justify. She used the transition from black and white into color to symbolize the passage of time between the wins. The collaging of the horses’ names, awards, and headlines on the track was to help the viewer understand the telling of this story. The grand prize is awarded to the artist whose work best captures the spirit of the Kentucky Derby.
Students in grades 1-12 from Louisville Metro public, private and parochial schools could enter the juried contest, which showcases the student’s take on the Kentucky Derby in different artistic style, media and form. All entries, more than 200 total from 30 different schools, will be on display for two months at Kentucky Derby Museum! The exhibit runs now through March 15. Federico’s winning artwork will be on display for one year at the Museum.
Judging took place Jan. 17, and included a panel of several local artists, retired jockey Patti Cooksey, Kentucky Derby Museum president & CEO, Patrick Armstrong, Churchill Downs general manager, Ryan Jordan, and the Museum’s official milliner, Jenny Pfanenstiel.
All winners for eight 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 75 awards, from Grand Prize to Honorable Mention. The Museum will award a total of $6,500 to winning schools’ art departments.
All winners and exhibiting students will be recognized in a special ceremony at the Kentucky Derby Museum on Feb. 18th.