Official Art of Kentucky Derby 150 by Artist Wylie Caudill Unveiled

September 14, 2023

The art of Kentucky Derby 150 (Wylie Caudill)

Churchill Downs Press Release

LOUISVILLE, Ky.— Churchill Downs Racetrack today released the 2024 “Official Art of the Kentucky Derby” by Kentucky artist, Wylie Caudill. Originally from Cynthiana, Ky., Wylie Caudill is renowned for his exceptional talent in murals and large-scale art. Caudill got his start doing chalk art on the streets of his college campus. After falling in love with public art, Wylie expanded his street art to murals that can be seen across Kentucky, many of which include his signature roses.

Caudill’s artwork for the 150th Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve highlights the 150th Kentucky Derby trophy at the forefront with the newly reimagined paddock as the background under the iconic Twin Spires. The piece features 150 red roses representing the Derby Winner’s Circle surrounded by white, gold and cerulean roses to symbolize the colorful fans of the Derby from around the world.

“We were drawn to Wylie’s rose design as it resonates with one of our most beloved Kentucky Derby traditions, which is presenting the winning Thoroughbred with a garland of red roses”, said Casey Ramage, Vice President of Marketing and Partnerships. “Wylie’s artwork captures Churchill Downs’ historic Twin Spires and our future by showcasing our newly reimagined Paddock to enhance the fan experience. We are thrilled to be working with him.”

In addition to creating the “Official Art of the Kentucky Derby,” Caudill will also be the official artist for the Woodford Reserve Commemorative Derby Bottle. As the official artist for both programs, Caudill will also create original murals around Churchill Downs and surprise locations next year leading up to the 150th Kentucky Derby.

“As a Kentucky Native, it is an immense honor to be part of such a milestone year for the Commonwealth’s most notable event,” Caudill said. “It’s difficult for me to fathom the scale of this opportunity and moment in history, but I am thrilled I was chosen to be the official artist for the 150th Kentucky Derby.”

Caudill’s “Official Art of the Kentucky Derby” will be featured on the 2024 Kentucky Derby official racing programs and a variety of merchandise. Prints will be available for purchase, including 150 special edition prints, at the first Road to Kentucky Derby race on Saturday (Sept. 16) at 11:30 a.m. ET at The Churchill Downs Store and Kentucky Derby Museum. Prints will be available online at beginning Monday, Sept. 18. All other items will be available for purchase early Spring.

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