Poster Submissions for 2020 Open Online

May 21, 2019. Louisville, KY. – The 2019 Kentucky Derby Festival may have just wrapped up, but organizers are already working on plans for 2020. That includes the search for the next Official Poster Artist. For the first time, the Festival is taking submissions online at KDF.org/posterartists. All types of art mediums are eligible.

The Festival is looking for works that are inspired by its 70+ events (Thunder Over Louisville, BB&T Great BalloonFest, Great Steamboat Race, Republic Bank Pegasus Parade, etc.) and how they bring together the local community. This project will be an opportunity for artists to display their talents, with media appearances & poster-signing opportunities. The deadline to apply is June 20.

Over the years, the Derby Festival’s Official Poster Series has become a unique symbol of the community. Past designs decorate offices and homes throughout the city. 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.

The Derby Festival is an independent community organization supported by 4,000 volunteers, 400 businesses and civic groups, Pegasus Pin sponsorships and event participation. It entertains more than 1.5 million people annually. This involvement has made the Festival the largest single attended event in Kentucky and one of the leading community celebrations in the world.

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