The Breeders’ Cup Host Committee has supplemented several area art galleries with special funding to present an unprecedented collaboration of distinct art shows in conjunction with Breeders’ Cup. Each locale will feature a unique showcase and most will extend beyond the week of the festival; check with each venue for their hours and more details.
Downtown Arts Center
141 E. Main St.
“Illumination Art.” An image from artist Marjorie Guyon will be projected on the DAC building.
“American Pyro.” Curated by Heike and Irwin Pickett, this premiere solo installation by internationally known Kentucky-based glass artist Stephen Rolfe Powell explores the manipulation of light through glass.
4435 Old Frankfort Pike
“Treasures from the Farms.” A showcase of some of the beautiful artwork, trophies and memorabilia housed at some of the area’s most famous horse farms.
Highlighting the Championships: “A Breeders’ Cup Collection.” A showcase memorabilia from the last 31 years of the Breeders’ Cup, including the 25th Anniversary Breeders’ Cup trophy, the Emmy won in 1993 for the telecast of the race, photographs and other objects commemorating some of the winning horses of the Breeders’ Cup.
161 N. Mill St.
“Kentucky Collects: Sporting Art from the Collection of John and Luanne Milward.” An exhibit of equine and British art from the personal collection of John Milward.
209 Castlewood Dr.
“Here and Now: Selections from the Artists Archive.” This multi-media exhibition celebrates the cultural vibrancy and diversity of art in the region, highlighting a selection of contemporary visual artists profiled in the Lexington Art League’s Artist Archive Program, a searchable online compendium of more than 200 visual artists living and working in Central Kentucky.
300 E. Third St.
“Prince of Jockeys: The Life of Isaac Burns Murphy.” Based on the biography of Isaac Burns Murphy by author and historian Dr. Pellom McDaniels III, this exhibition highlights the life and career of Murphy, one of America’s greatest jockeys.
University of KY Art Museum
405 Rose Street
“Bottoms Up: A Sculpture Survey.” This exhibition revels in the dialogue between specific sculptural objects, from a Native American totem pole to a contemporary female figure cast from high-heeled shoes. In varying scales and materials, sculptures from artists including Pablo Picasso, Alexander Calder, Jean Baptiste Carpeaux and more are situated on the floor or on pedestals, hung on the wall or suspended from the ceiling.
International Museum of the Horse
Kentucky Horse Park, 4089 Iron Works Parkway
The International Museum of the Horse will host several exhibits of special interest to Breeders’ Cup attendees, with items that include Derby and Preakness trophies, Triple Crown trophies and other memorabilia from Secretariat, Seattle Slew and Affirmed; the skeleton of the horse Lexington; and more.