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Friday, June 2, 2023

Public voting begins for The Art of Racing, an art competition hosted by 1/ST and MICA 

Baltimore— Artists in Maryland are putting the finishing touches on their artworks that will be on display at www.preakness.com/the-art-of-racing as public voting begins for The Art of Racing. In its inaugural year, the art competition celebrates the second jewel of the Triple Crown and its impact on Baltimore. People are encouraged to vote on their favorite pieces of artwork that depict the unique elements of Thoroughbred horse racing and the Preakness Stakes. 

The gallery, which includes 147 total works, represents artists who have been inspired by the beauty of Thoroughbred horse racing on and off the track. 

Descriptions and inspirations in the words of the artists are also available for public view at www.preakness.com/the-art-of-racing. 

The Art of Racing represents 1/ST and the Maryland Jockey Club’s partnership with the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). Many of the submissions were produced by students in eight of MICA’s art and design classes. Their disciplines range from photography to collage, and The Art of Racing call for entries was integrated in their curricula.  

After the public voting concludes on March 20, 2022, the top 10 vote getters will advance to the finalist category. 

The winning piece will then be selected by an esteemed panel of judges representing the artistic, business, philanthropic and political communities that support Park Heights’s indispensable role as the home of Preakness 147. 

Their selection will be reproduced on a curated collection of Preakness merchandise, the proceeds of which will be used to support the activities of Park Heights Renaissance, a non-profit organization that provides employment opportunities and pursues affordable housing for members of the Park Heights community.

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