Churchill Downs unveils official art for the 150th Kentucky Derby

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Churchill Downs released the official 2024 art for the 150th Kentucky Derby. Cynthiana native Wylie Caudill created this year’s art. Caudill is renowned for his talent in murals and large-scale art.


What You Need To Know

  • Cynthiana native Wylie Caudill was chosen to create the official artwork for the 150th Kentucky Derby
  • The artist 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 Run for the Roses highlight the 150th Kentucky Derby trophy at the forefront, with the newly renovated paddock as the background under the iconic twin spires
  • Caudill’s art will be featured on the 2024 Kentucky Derby official racing programs and a variety of merchandise

The artist 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. 

Cynthiana native Wylie Caudill created this year’s official artwork for the 150th Kentucky Derby. (Churchill Downs)

Caudill’s artwork for the Run for the Roses highlight the 150th Kentucky Derby trophy at the forefront, with the newly renovated paddock as the background under the iconic twin spires. The image is vibrantly shrouded in 150 red roses representing the Derby Winner’s Circle and surrounded by white, gold and cerulean roses to symbolize racing fans 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 with Churchill Downs.

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 art 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 beginning Monday, Sept. 18. All other items will be available for purchase early spring.

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