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1/ST Racing, Maryland Jockey Club establish Preakness art competition with MICA

Artists may submit entries to www.preakness.com/the-art-of-racing until March 1, after which all submissions will be available for public viewing. From March 2-20, visitors to The Art of Racing website can cast their vote for their favorite work of art. (Submitted photo)

1/ST and the Maryland Jockey Club have partnered with the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) to launch The Art of Racing, an art competition to honor the second jewel of the Triple Crown Series and its impact on Baltimore.

Established more than four decades ago, the relationship between the Maryland Jockey Club and MICA takes a step forward with this community-wide call for entries of original, two-dimensional visual art that depicts the unique elements of Thoroughbred horse racing and the legendary Preakness Stakes.

Artists may submit entries to www.preakness.com/the-art-of-racing until March 1, after which all submissions will be available for public viewing. From March 2-20, visitors to The Art of Racing website can cast their vote for their favorite work of art.

The top 10 vote-getters will then be entered into the finalist category with the winning piece selected by a panel of judges representing the artistic, business, philanthropic and political communities that allow Park Heights to thrive as the home of Preakness 147.

The winning artist of the inaugural competition will receive a $4,000 stipend and two tickets to Preakness 147 on May 21. In addition, their work will be reproduced on Preakness 147 merchandise with the Park Heights Renaissance as the beneficiary of all sales proceeds, which will be used to support the activities of the non-profit organization as it pursues affordable housing for families and provides employment opportunities for members of the Park Heights community.