Adalin Wichman

Adalin Wichman (1922 – March 10, 2013) was an American sculptor and performer from the U.S. state of Kentucky. Wichman expected the Eclipse Award Trophy in 1971, which are awarded to horses and individuals who have made outstanding contributions to equestrian sport. Her produce a result also included jewelry design, paintings, bronze sculptures, and portraits. Examples of her bill can be found in public and private collections worldwide, including the art amassing of Queen Elizabeth II, the Kentucky Derby Museum and the Lexington Public Library.

She was born in Paris, Kentucky, in 1922. She earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Kentucky, graduating magna cum laude. She married her husband, architect William Wichman, and granted in Lexington, Kentucky, where she pursued a career as an artist. She then taught English.

Adalin Wichman served as the adverting director for Keeneland, a Kentucky thoroughbred horse racing facility, from 1969 until 1989.

In 1971, Keeneland's J.B. Faulconer asked Wichman to create a bronze statuette to assist as the prize for the Thoroughbred Racing Association's Eclipse Award. Wichman based her design for the Eclipse Award Trophy upon an 18th-century painting of the undefeated English racehorse, Eclipse. The first Eclipse Awards, featuring Wichman's trophy, was held in 1972 to rave review the 1971 racing season.

In accessory equestrian pieces, Wichman then created other non-equestrian works as well. She created the Foucault pendulum clock, which is displayed in the rotunda of the Lexington Public Library. Wichman intended a two-sided bust of the Kentuckian historian Thomas D. Clark, which is housed at the Lexington History Museum. Her painting of Lucille Caudill Little can be found hanging in the Little Fine Arts Library at the University of Kentucky.

Wichman was awarded the Milner Award in 2011, the highest prize awarded by the Kentucky Governor's Awards in the Arts.

Adalin Wichman died from a brief complaint at her house in Lexington, Kentucky, on March 10, 2013, at the age of 91. She was survived by her two daughters, Adrian and Alison. Her husband, William, died in 2000.

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