Official Poster Series

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The Derby Festival Poster Series began in 1981 as a marketing tool designed to generate pre-season interest in the Derby Festival. Over the years, it’s become a unique symbol of the community. The Festival’s Official Poster Series is nationally recognized and has helped to enhance the careers of artists from around the country.

Past Derby Festival poster designs decorate offices and homes throughout the region. Peter Max’s expressionistic “Bluegrass Pegasus” launched the series in 1981, and a stylistic and geographical mix of artists have been showcased over the years. The signed collector editions continue to significantly increase in value, and the quality of the Poster Series has been recognized worldwide.

Elements of the 2020 image will grace posters, t-shirts, glasses, television commercials and more than 100 retail items in celebration of the Derby Festival. The Derby Festival Poster is printed by Derby City Litho.

2020 marks the 40th year of the Official Poster Series. Last year’s Official Poster featured the work of Louisville artist Chimel Ford for the Festival’s 64th annual celebration.