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.
The Art of Racing encourages Maryland artists to submit their own awe-inspiring portrayals of thoroughbred racing, the Preakness and/or Pimlico Race Course. Using the submission portal below, professional and amateur artists may submit their renderings and earn a chance at receiving a $4,000 stipend and two VIP passes to Preakness 147 on Saturday, May 21, 2022.
Beginning Monday, January 10, 2022, and continuing through Wednesday, March 2, 2022, submissions will be accepted. After which, submissions will be available for public viewing. The top 10 vote-getters will be entered into a final round that will be judged by esteemed members of the Baltimore community.