March 26, 2018. Louisville, KY. – Kentuckiana students ranging in age from 5 to 18 and their winning artwork from the 2018 Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation Student Art Contest Presented by The Fillies, Inc. will be honored on Tuesday, March 27. The awards ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. at the J. Graham Brown School. For the past 41 years, the Festival has offered this contest as a way for local students to showcase their artistry and creative skill. Students from public, private and parochial schools in all Kentucky counties, as well as Clark and Floyd counties in Indiana are invited to participate in the annual contest.
Students from around the area ranging from grades K–12 produced original artwork showcasing their interpretation of Derby Festival events. The result is an inspiring mix of drawings, paintings, collages, mixed media, compositions and prints. Students used watercolor, acrylics, inks, crayons, oil pastels, felt markers or any combination of these to create their one-of-a-kind artwork.
Entries in the Student Art Contest were judged by art professionals from the community. The winners in each division will receive a medallion, certificate and a Student Art Contest Winner’s Pin. First-place winners will receive a 2018 Kentucky Derby Festival framed poster created by the 2018 Official Poster artists Jeaneen Barnhart and Doreen Barnhart DeHart and get to ride in the Republic Bank Pegasus Parade. Teachers of the winning students are also invited to the ceremony and will receive special recognition.
The artwork by area students will also be on display at the Pegasus Parade Preview Party Presented by Louisville Mega Cavern beginning at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1.
The Foundation’s Student Art Contest is sponsored by Fillies, Inc. The Fillies, Inc. was founded in 1959 kicking off a tradition of volunteer service to the local community. They join Media Sponsor ARTxFM.