Governor Steve Beshear's Communications Office
Governor's Derby Exhibition features work of Kentucky artists

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, April 20, 2010  
Contact Information:  Kerri Richardson
Jill Midkiff

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Visitors touring the Capitol will soon have an opportunity to view an exhibition of Kentucky-themed art and photography. The “Governor’s Derby Exhibition,” coordinated by the Kentucky Arts Council on behalf of Gov. Steve Beshear and First Lady Jane Beshear will be on display April 27 – May 10, 2010 in the Capitol Rotunda as well as featured at the 2010 Governor’s Derby Celebration on May 1.

"This exhibition showcases the artistic talent in Kentucky and is the perfect complement to the Governor's Derby Celebration," said First Lady Jane Beshear.

Participating artists in the Governor’s Derby Exhibition include:

  • Trent Altman, Louisville;
  • Brett Bentley, Martin;
  • Gary Bertram, Georgetown;
  • Linda Fugate-Blumer, Lexington;
  • Beth Browning, Richmond;
  • Tom Cannady, Louisville;
  • Elizabeth Dryden, Lexington;
  • Judith Egerton, Louisville;
  • Laura Eklund, Olive Hill;
  • Timothy J. Gold, Independence;
  • Christopher Hill, Louisville;
  • Lisa Hurst, Cynthiana;
  • Melody Farris Jackson, Winchester;
  • John Lackey, Lexington;
  • Sallie Clay Lanham, Frankfort;
  • Lauren A. Milliken, Franklin;
  • Luci Mistarov, Louisville;
  • Michael Reibel, Simpsonville;
  • Judy Rosati, Louisville;
  • David Toczko, Elizabethtown; and
  • Fran West, Lebanon.

The artwork has been produced by Kentucky artists from across the state who responded to an open call to artists in early April. The exhibition can be viewed at the Capitol during public visiting hours, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and during the Governor's Derby Celebration Saturday, May 1. The Governor's Derby Celebration will be on the state Capitol grounds from 8 a.m. to noon and is open to the public.

A slideshow of the artwork in the exhibition is also available online at

The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, creates opportunities for Kentuckians to value, participate in and benefit from the arts. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts.