2021 Kentucky Derby poster unveiled Friday morning

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Source: Kentucky Derby Festival

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – The official 2021 poster for the Kentucky Derby Festival was unveiled Friday morning. The news follows January’s announcement that this year’s poster called “Going Up” was designed by Louisville artist Andy Perez, who is known for his collage and mixed media artwork. His unique style led to an even more unique image.

“The Derby Festival poster project provided the opportunity to combine painting and collage, and recycled materials into the art,” said Perez. “Sprinkled throughout the 2021 design are pieces from previous Derby Festival posters, to honor and celebrate traditions of the past in this year’s image.”

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Perez is a visual artist, illustrator and graphic designer, according to festival organizers. Originally from Kentuckiana, he received his BFA from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and now lives in Louisville with his family. His artwork is mostly executed with collage and acrylic paint along with other mixed media. Perez’s work has been featured in publications, galleries and commercials across the US and internationally. Recently his portrait of Colonel Sanders was featured in a French KFC commercial.

“The Festival’s Pegasus icon has always symbolized magic, energy and excitement. This year’s poster captures that spirit,” said Matt Gibson, Kentucky Derby Festival President and CEO. “We hope it will help brighten the walls of homes and offices around the community.”

Having fond memories of the Festival artwork over the years, Perez recalls desperately wanting and finally getting the 1991 KDF poster t-shirt as a third grader and proudly wearing it to the Pegasus Parade that year. “It is definitely a full circle moment to be selected as the artist this year,” said Perez.

Citizens Union Bank and Four Roses are sponsors of the 2021 Official Derby Festival Poster.

The 2021 poster officially goes on sale March 5. However, beginning Friday, Feb. 5 through the end of the month, Festival Fans can pre-order the 2021 Limited Edition or Official Poster and receive free shipping on their poster order.

The Limited Edition Signed and Numbered posters retails for $75 and the Official poster retails for $30. They can be pre-ordered online HERE.

You can read more about the artist HERE.

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