Wednesday, February 27, 2008 12:00 AM
Erlanger/Florence, KY . . . February 28, 2008 . . . A poster designed by Gateway Community and Technical College student Kristin Mason has been selected by Turfway Park to commemorate the 37th running of the Lane's End Stakes March 22.
The poster was produced in competition among graphic design students of Toni Bloom, assistant professor of Visual Communication at Gateway's Highland Heights campus. This is the second year of the design collaboration between Gateway and Turfway Park.
The full-color poster will be unveiled at a reception at Turfway Park on Friday, March 7. Copies will be for sale that night and at all festivities associated with the Lane's End Stakes. A framed copy signed by the artist will be auctioned the day of the race at the track's premier venue, the Maker's Mark VIP Tent. A limited number of signed posters will be available for sale on the day of the race. Proceeds from sales of the poster benefit the Gateway Community and Technical College Foundation.
"We are very grateful to Turfway Park for giving our students a tremendous opportunity to showcase their talent and to gain experience working on real-world projects," said Dr. G. Edward Hughes, Gateway president and chief executive officer.
"Having Turfway as a client was very interesting," Mason said. "Our class visited the track and was briefed thoroughly on the project. Track officials did an excellent job of explaining the challenge, and then we did research on our own. I really enjoy working with clients and meeting their expectations. I find that an exciting part of the creative process." Mason will graduate next fall with an associate's degree in graphic design.
The $500,000 Lane's End Stakes, a nationally televised race that prepares top horses for the Kentucky Derby, is run at Turfway Park six weeks before the Run for the Roses. A series of community events has long surrounded the race, set this year for March 22. Among them is the traditional Call to the Post Luncheon, when post positions for the race are drawn. This year, in addition to the poster project, Turfway and Gateway are collaborating on the March 19 luncheon.
"The Gateway Foundation will receive the proceeds from this longtime community tradition that is a central part of the Lane’s End Festival," said Turfway Park president Robert N. Elliston. "We are pleased to partner with Gateway to provide students with a learning experience and to support its future endeavors."
The community is invited to the luncheon. Tickets are $35. For more information or to purchase a table or tickets for the luncheon, contact Julie at Turfway Park at (859) 647-4846.
Gateway Community and Technical College is accredited by the Council on Occupational Education and offers educational opportunities to more than 3,000 students in 30 program areas. Classes are offered at four Gateway locations: Boone County, Covington/Park Hills, Edgewood and Highland Heights. Students earn associate degrees, diplomas and certificates at the two-year college. Through partnerships with more than 400 local businesses, Gateway provides customized, short-term training to more than 3,000 other people. Find out more at www.gateway.kctcs.edu. Gateway Community and Technical College is one of 16 colleges that comprise the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. For most Kentuckians, higher education begins here. For more information, visit www.kctcs.edu.