Adalin Wichman

Adalin Wichman

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Adalin Wichman, Designed Eclipse Award, Dies

Acclaimed Kentucky artist and Eclipse Award statue designer dies.

Acclaimed Kentucky artist Adalin Wichman, perhaps best know as designing the Eclipse Award statue, died March 10 at age 91.

Born in Paris, Ky., Wichman was an internationally reknown painter, sculptor, illustrator, and designer. A magna cum laude graduate of the University of Kentucky with a degree in English, Wichman has long been associated with the Keeneland Association.

In 1971 she was commissioned by the Thoroughbred Racing Associations to design the Eclipse Award trophy.

She also designed the “Foucault Pendulum Clock” that is in the atrium of the Lexington Public Library.

Wichman’s work can be found in the Kentucky Derby Museum, the Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., UK’s Markey Cancer Center, Lexington History Museum, Kentucky Horse Park, and the personal collection of Queen Elizabeth II of England.

Kerr Brothers Funeral Home in Lexington is handling the arrangements. There will no services, but a visitation will be held Thursday, March 14 from 5-8 p.m. at Montrose Farm near Lexington.