Established more than four decades ago, the partnership between the Preakness Stakes and the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) continues with The Art of Racing, a community-wide call for entries of original, two-dimensional visual art that depicts the unique elements of thoroughbred racing and the Preakness Stakes. The winning artist will receive a $4,000 stipend and their artwork will be reproduced and available for sale during Preakness 147 with proceeds benefitting Park Heights Renaissance.
The Preakness and MICA have an illustrious history dating back to the 1970s, when then-MICA professor Raoul Middleman led his classes in painting murals of Pimlico Race Course. The seven murals Middleman created with his students, which live in perpetuity behind the course’s grandstand, provide an intimate look at a tradition defined by history and character.
Voting was officially open to the public Wednesday, March 2, to Sunday, March 20. The winner and artwork will be announced on Friday, March 25, 2022.
Titled "Speed" because I intentionally illustrate the velocity of the horse race and the tension between the determined rider, horse, and the victory through a slow-motion like shot. Textures are used to mimic painting style while keeping it realistic & believable. The figure can be detached from the background.