On Wednesday, Jan. 23, Cortez Vinson, the 2013 â€œHorsing Around with Artâ€ grand prize winner, was surprised at Breckinridge-Franklin Elementary School during a special fifth grade assembly. The Kentucky Derby Museumâ€™s executive director, Lynn Ashton, along with the school principal and members of the fifth-grade studentâ€™s family, presented Vinson with a dozen roses and the news that he will receive six box seats to this yearâ€™s 139th running of the Kentucky Derby.
The contestâ€™s grand prize is given to the artist whose work is judged to best â€œcapture the spiritâ€ of the Kentucky Derby. The grand prize winner was selected this year by Churchill Downs President, Kevin Flanery. The box seats are sponsored by Churchill Downs, Inc.
Vinson will receive $500 for the art department at Breckinridge-Franklin for his award. He will also be given tickets to attend the Winnerâ€™s Party at the Derby Museum following this yearâ€™s historic race.
School principal Allyson Vitato says, â€œCortez is a very giving student. He cares about art and shows great leadership with his fellow students. He has worked very hard to prepare his artwork and was just excited to participate in this contest. To have his talents recognized as the grand prize winner is such an honor for a very deserving student.â€
The first place winner in each division will receive $500 for his or her schoolâ€™s art department, for second place the school will receive $300 and for third place the school will receive $200. Winners of the 3D/Sculpture and The Outriders Society Awards will earn $100 for their schools, and for the grand prize, the Thoroughbred Award and the Backside Award, the schools will receive $500.
Each of the winners will also receive art supplies for their personal use.