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Churchill Downs unveils Cantrell’s official art for the 2017 Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks

Cantrell is your very first Kentucky artist to create the Derby’s officially licensed art since the tradition started in 1997. Kentucky derby live Stream free, For this year’s artwork, Cantrell created watercolor paintings that capture the excitement and color of the 143rd functioning of all the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks.

Cantrell’s”Official Art of the Kentucky Derby” will be showcased on the 2017 Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks posters, tickets and souvenir racing programs.

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The posters along with a variety of merchandise including decorations, T-shirts, bags, postcards, and invitations are all available today at select retail outlets, including the Kentucky Derby Museum. Kentucky derby live Stream free.  Additional items will soon be available at KentuckyDerbyStore.com at 2017.

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“We are extremely pleased and honored that this year’s official Derby artwork was made by a Kentucky artist and a person of Cantrell’s talent and reputation,” stated Kevin Flanery, president of Churchill Downs Racetrack. Watch the Kentucky Derby live.

“The one sporting event I remember my dad enjoying happened each year on the first Saturday of May, the Kentucky Derby horse race. Kentucky derby live Stream free. Living in Nebraska he could listen to it on the radio,” Cantrell remarked.  “His love for horses intended owning one and consequently riding a horse was a part of my life growing up.

“Now, after living and working in Kentucky for the last 46 decades, I feel a real sense of honor in being chosen for this prestigious commission, and now that I know my dad would be proud as well.” Watch the Kentucky Derby live.

Cantrell, who is well known for his ability to paint the figure, was Berea College’s first Potter-In-Residence at 1970. Kentucky derby live Stream free. Since that time the former high school art instructor and Associate Professor of Art at Nebraska has enjoyed a rewarding career as an independent studio artist.

His paintings are in the permanent collections of 14 art museums in the United States, including Kentucky’s Speed Museum and Owensboro Museum of Fine Art. Kentucky derby live Stream 2020 Cantrell’s work is in several private collections around the world and has been shown in the U.S. Embassy in Riga, Latvia, as part of their Art in Embassies program.

Cantrell is the recipient of two Al Smith Fellowships from the Kentucky Arts Council and one by the Southern Arts Federation. Kentucky derby live Stream free, He’s been awarded Alumni of the Year for Creative Achievement from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln where he received his BFA in Fine Art Education and from the University of Northern Colorado where he received his Masters of Art Degree. 

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