Churchill Downs today released the 2017 “Official Art of the Kentucky Derby” by award-winning American and Kentucky painter Jim Cantrell. Cantrell is the first Kentucky artist to create the Derby’s officially licensed artwork since the tradition began in 1997. For this year’s artwork, Cantrell created watercolor paintings that capture the excitement and color of the 143rd running of each the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands and the Longines Kentucky Oaks.
Cantrell’s “Official Art of the Kentucky Derby” will be featured on the 2017 Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks posters, tickets and souvenir racing programs. The posters and a variety of merchandise including ornaments, t-shirts, bags, post cards and invitations are available now at select retail outlets, including the Kentucky Derby Museum.
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