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Press Release Date:  May 5, 2005
Contact:  Cindy Rullman, 859-259-4209,

          LEXINGTON, KY  (May 5, 2005)  Anyone who has frequented the major racetracks of the world has probably seen Peter Williams creating classic works of art.  Best known for his technique of painting on-site to capture the ambiance of the Thoroughbred scene, Williams has a particular affection for Churchill Downs.  Visitors to Churchill Downs, Keeneland, Saratoga and Del Mar race tracks have had the pleasure of observing Williams painting in the paddock, his artwork documenting the vibrant atmosphere that surrounds him.

          This summer, the International Museum of the Horse at the Kentucky Horse Park will host a major retrospective exhibition and sale of Peter Williams’ work, Peter Williams: As It Happens.  Museum Director, Bill Cooke noted, “We are thrilled and honored to be the host museum for Peter’s first major retrospective.  His first show with us in 1986 was one of the most popular exhibitions we have ever held, and I’m sure that this year’s will be even more popular.  Peter’s work, like good wine, just gets better with time.”

          While not neglecting the racing paintings for which he is so well known, the exhibition will also include a full spectrum of his work with subjects varying from sailing to floral still lifes.

          Over his career, Williams has been designated as “official artist” for the Kentucky Derby, the Breeders’ Cup, the U.S. Polo Association and the Asian Racing Conference.  He has held major exhibitions in New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States.  Mr. Williams resides in Louisville, Kentucky and New Zealand.

           Peter Williams: As It Happens will be open June 10 – September 5.  The exhibition is included with Kentucky Horse Park admission.

           Editor’s Note:  Photos of Peter Williams’ paintings are available for use by your publication by emailing

          The Kentucky Horse Park is open seven days a week, from 9 am to 5 pm.  Admission is $14 for adults, $7 for children ages 7-12 and free for children six and under.  Admission includes the Peter Williams: As It Happens exhibition and the American Saddlebred Museum.


          The Kentucky Horse Park is a working horse farm/theme park and equine competition facility dedicated to man’s relationship with the horse.  The park is an agency of the Kentucky Commerce Cabinet that hosted more than 900,000 visitors and 80 special events and horse shows in 2004.  The park is located at Exit 120, Interstate 75, just north of Lexington.  The place to get close to horses, the park is open daily March 15 to October 31, and Wednesday through Sunday, November 1 to March 14.




Last updated: Wednesday, May 11, 2005