RIP Adalin Wichman, Creator of Eclipse Award Statue

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Artist Adalin Wichman Artist Adalin Wichman

Tributes and a full obituary will be forthcoming, but the Paulick Report has learned of the death on Sunday of the internationally acclaimed Kentucky artist Adalin Wichman. Among her many legacies is the coveted Eclipse Award statute she was commissioned to sculpt by the former Keeneland  and Thoroughbred Racing Associations executive J.B. Faulconer.

Ms. Wichman was closely associated with Keeneland for many years and is credited as the creator of the long-running, artistic image campaign for the Lexington racetrack that said, simply, “Racing as it was meant to be.”

One of her greatest contributions to the community is a ceiling clock – the world’s largest – along with a five-story pendulum and frieze depicting the history of the horse in the Bluegrass, that greets visitors in the rotunda of the downtown Lexington public library.

To learn more about this Central Kentucky treasure, view this video, produced in 2011 and commemorating Adalin Wichman as recipient of the Milner Award, the most prestigious of the Governor’s Awards in the Arts, Kentucky’s highest honor in the arts.

Former Keeneland president James E. Bassett III said of Ms. Wichman that she had “an uncommon touch to bring to life an endearing subject and make it into an unforgettable creation.”

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  • Fpope

    What a joy it has been to know Adalin over the many years of her incredibly creative, productive life. Everything she accomplished made those of us who cannot paint, sketch, or sculpt just stand in awe of how well she always solved the problem.

    Adalin and Ted Bassett’s Keeneland will be forever linked. What a wonderful tribute the video above conveyed. I hope they find a way to memorialize that point in time when the image of Keeneland was as elegantly established.

    We are going to miss those bright, twinkly eyes.

  • Swilmes

    Adalin has been a mentor and a friend to so many people.  She was so very talented and bright and yet, when you were with her, she only wanted to acknowledge your talents and accomplishments.  She did have a gleam in her eye and always that special Adalin smile. 

  • Cindy Rullman

    Adalin was delightful, generous, kind, graceful, gracious, sophisticated, witty, elegant, and utterly lovely in every way.

  • Rick Barton

    i think she came up with the Keeneland sales advertising line… “it did not take a spectacular bid to by Spectacular Bid

  • Carol

    Aside from her vast artistic accomplishments, she was a lovely, lovely lady. She will be sorely missed in the Lexington community and far beyond.

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