1/ST and the Maryland Jockey Club are pleased to continue their partnership with the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) as presenters of The Art of Racing, a nationwide-wide call for entries of original, two-dimensional visual art that depicts the unique elements of thoroughbred racing and the Preakness Stakes. Last year’s inaugural program drew nearly 150 entries vying for the $4,000 stipend. The original artwork of Theresia Zhang, a MICA student, was selected and her winning piece was reproduced and available for sale during last year’s Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course. This year’s The Art of Racing opens to artists nationwide on January 9th with a closing date for all submissions by March 10th.
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 artists across the country 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 148 on May 20, 2023. The submission portal can be accessed below.
After March 10, 2023 closing, submissions will be available for public viewing. The public is encouraged to view and vote on their favorite piece of art. The top 10 vote-getters will be entered into a final round that will be judged by esteemed members of the community.
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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.