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Artist chosen for official 2015 Kentucky Derby Festival poster

Karen Boone (Source: KDF) Karen Boone (Source: KDF)
Boone's 1996 KDF poster (Source: KDF) Boone's 1996 KDF poster (Source: KDF)
Boone's 1999 KDF poster (Source: KDF) Boone's 1999 KDF poster (Source: KDF)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The Kentucky Derby Festival (KDF) has named Karen Boone as the artist for the official poster of the 2015 festival.

Boone previously designed the 1996 and 1999 festival posters.

"I love being the Kentucky Derby poster artist," said Boone. "Growing up in Louisville, I have always enjoyed the community aspect of the festival. It's an honor to have my artwork represent KDF once more."

Boone is a graduate of Sacred Heart Academy and the University of Louisville. She received her master's degree from Basel School of Design in Switzerland. She has worked in Amsterdam, New York City, San Francisco and Tokyo, Japan.

She owns her own business, Karen Boone Design, in Louisville and has clients locally as well as in Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, New York and the Midwest. She has paintings in private collections and corporations across the county.

Boone's poster will be released at KDF's first event of 2015, Festival Unveiled, on February 26 at The Ice Hose on East Washington Street. In addition to unveiling the official poster, other elements of the 2015 festival will be announced at the event.

Tickets for Festival Unveiled are $30 in advance or $35 at the door and go on sale January 9.

Over the years, the Derby Festival's Official Poster Series has become a unique symbol of the community. Past designs decorate offices and homes throughout the city.

Peter Max's expressionistic Bluegrass Pegasus launched the series in 1981, and a stylistic and geographical mix of artists has been showcased over the years. The signed collector editions continue to significantly increase in value, and the quality of the poster series has been recognized worldwide.

Boone's 2015 offering was painted traditionally with organic oil paint, created by mixing real earth pigments with organic walnut oil.

"I live very simply, and with as low a carbon footprint as possible," said Boone. "I wanted to bring an aspect of that to the festival art. I am a very green artist and have had recent art shows using natural milk paint."

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