Churchill Downs has released the 2020 “Official Art of the Kentucky Derby” by Louisville artist Keith Anderson. Anderson’s oil and acrylic paintings will be on display during the 146th running of the GI Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve and the GI Longines Kentucky Oaks.
As a Louisville native, Anderson is no stranger to the excitement of the Kentucky Derby and horse racing. He and his art are well known among Louisvillians and Derby fans. This year he completed the Woodford Reserve mural that greets Main Street visitors with a field of racing Thoroughbreds and his art graces Woodford Reserve’s 2018 and 2019 Official Derby Bottles. In the past, Anderson also served drinks from behind Churchill Downs’ bar and worked his share of famous Derby parties.
“To create the Official Art of the Kentucky Derby is an honor and a privilege and the biggest accomplishment of my career as an artist,” said Anderson. “Derby is the time for Louisville to shine. It is our Super Bowl. I thank God for the opportunity and look forward to being on the biggest stage in May.”
“Keith Anderson is a Louisville favorite whose art has become an important part of our city and its love of racing,” said Kevin Flanery, President of Churchill Downs Racetrack. “It is an honor for his work to become part of Kentucky Derby history as the Official Art of 146.”