Governor Steve Beshear's Communications Office
'Kentucky Visions at the Capitol' for Derby Day

Press Release Date:  Thursday, April 23, 2009  
Contact Information:  Jay Blanton
Jill Midkiff

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Visitors going to the Capitol for the Governor's Derby Celebration will have an opportunity to view an exhibition of Kentucky-themed art and photography, "Kentucky Visions at the Capitol," coordinated by the Kentucky Arts Council on behalf of Gov. Steve Beshear and First Lady Jane Beshear.

"We have a wealth of artistic talent in Kentucky, and Derby Day is the perfect day to show it off in our state Capitol," said First Lady Beshear.

Participating artists in the "Kentucky Visions at the Capitol " include:

  • Ann Stewart Anderson, Louisville
  • Sharon Asher, Heidelberg
  • Tom Bluemlein, Ft. Mitchell
  • Patricia Brock, Louisville
  • Paul Burns, Richmond
  • Jim Cantrell, Bardstown
  • Julie Diehl, Louisville
  • Marta Dorton, Lexington
  • Damon Darrell Farmer, Versailles
  • Patrick Fretz, Danville
  • Linda Fugate-Blumer, Lexington
  • Patrick Gallagher, Louisville
  • Robert Halliday, Louisville
  • Lisa Hurst, Cynthiana
  • Jane Ward Kehrt, Glasgow
  • Staci McKnight Maney, Lexington
  • Lauren A. Milliken, Franklin
  • David O’Hara, Bellevue
  • Gaylen Rankin, Millersburg
  • Judy Rosati, Louisville
  • Teresa Smith-Brewer, Chavies
  • John W. Snell, Lexington
  • David Toczko, Elizabethtown
  • Jacob van der Oort, Frankfort

The artwork has been produced by Kentucky artists from across the state who responded to an open call to artists in early April. Many works are available for purchase. The Capitol Art Exhibit will be open for public viewing during the Governor’s Derby Celebration from 8 a.m. until noon in the Capitol rotunda. For more information about featured artists or to purchase artwork, contact Rachel Rasnick, Kentucky Arts Council at (502) 564-2757 ext. 492, (888) 833-2787 toll- free or

The traditional Governor’s Derby Celebration will be on the state Capitol grounds from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 2, 2009, and is open and free to the public. Each year thousands of people participate in this Derby festivity and browse the grounds to experience hot air balloon rides (weather permitting), entertainment, artisan booths and other activities.  Breakfast will be served at a nominal cost. Continuous shuttle service will be available beginning at 7:45 a.m. from the parking area located at Juniper Hill Park to the Floral Clock at the Capitol. Shuttles will also be available from the Floral Clock to downtown Frankfort. For more information, go to

The Kentucky Arts Council is a state agency in the Tourism Arts and Heritage Cabinet that creates opportunities for Kentuckians to value, participate in and benefit from the arts. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.