LEXINGTON, KY. (September 16, 2015) – The Breeders’ Cup today announced that Steve Penley, known for his iconic American subjects ranging from past presidents to historical themes and super consumer brands, has been named the official artist for the 2015 Breeders’ Cup World Championships. Penley has created a signature image, available to the public, employing a rich montage technique celebrating the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Ky., on October 30-31.
The Breeders’ Cup is Thoroughbred racing’s most prestigious international event, consisting of 13 races and purses and awards totaling $26 million. It is also an annual gathering of stars from entertainment, business, sports and celebrities from all walks of life, and held at one of the world’s most picturesque horse racing venues. The Breeders’ Cup will be televised live by the NBC Sports Group.
The 2015 official Breeders’ Cup image accentuates frontal views of charging Thoroughbreds, which is combined with side perspectives and several recognizable features such as the starting gate and stately green gate posts at Keeneland. The image can be found at the following link for purchase: BreedersCupArt.com.
“Steve’s portrayal of this year’s event captures the drama, style and sheer excitement of the Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland,” said Breeders’ Cup President and CEO Craig Fravel. “We are honored and delighted to display his image as part this year’s festivities, and to provide fans an opportunity to take home some treasured memories of their 2015 experience.”
“It’s a great honor for me to have been selected as the Breeders’ Cup Official artist,” said Penley who makes his home in Newnan, Ga. ‘To be given the opportunity to capture the power, elegance, and beauty of both Thoroughbreds and the venue at Keeneland was a welcome challenge—and one I hope I did justice to for such an august and storied tradition. I’m thrilled to be a part of Breeders’ Cup World Championships highly anticipated homecoming to Lexington.”
Considered Coca-Cola’s artist in residence, Penley has created many paintings as gifts for Fortune 500 companies and regional food giants. His distinguished list of corporate and institutional collections include, The Federal Reserve Board in Washington D.C., Kaiser Permanente, ESPN Zone, King and Spalding, Booth Western Art Museum, Georgia Museum of Art, the Ronald Reagan Museum, and the Robert Mondavi Estate to name but a few. Private collectors include Clint Eastwood, Frank Lutz, Vince Dooley, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dave Ramsey, former House Speaker, Newt Gingrich and Gary Sinise.
In 2004, Penley was selected as the official artist for the G-8 Summit on Georgia’s Sea Island. Penley’s international breakthrough was heralded by the selection of this works for “True Color: Meditations on the American Spirit/An Artist’s Response to 9/11. This exhibit toured the globe with destinations including New York, Istanbul, Cairo, London and Atlanta.
About Breeders’ Cup
The Breeders’ Cup administers the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Thoroughbred racing’s year-end Championships. The Breeders’ Cup also administers the Breeders’ Cup Challenge qualifying series, which provides automatic starting positions into the Championships races. The 2015 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, consisting of 13 Grade 1 races and purses totaling $26 million, will be held October 30-31 at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Ky., and will be televised live by the NBC Sports Group. Breeders’ Cup press releases appear on the Breeders’ Cup Web site, www.breederscup.com. You can also follow the Breeders’ Cup on social media platforms, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
About JettStream Productions
JettStream Productions is an art and graphics-based publisher, located in Louisville Kentucky. Founded by owner Clare Jett, the company has provided award winning posters and products primarily for large scale sporting events. JettStream is known for its high profile relationship with Churchill Downs, as the force behind the "Official Art Of The Kentucky Derby". Other clients include the Muhammad Ali Center, The Westminster Kennel Club, the Louisville Convention and Visitors Center and most recently, the Breeders' Cup World Championships.