Edited Press Release
More than 200 works of original art, created by artists throughout the country, will be on display at www.preakness.com/the-art-of-racing for two weeks beginning Monday, Mar. 13, after which the top 10 vote-earners will advance to the finalist category. The winning piece will then be selected by a panel of judges representing the artistic, business, philanthropic and political communities that support Park Heights’s indispensable role as the home of Preakness 148. This year’s 204 entries surpass the 2022 inaugural year by nearly 40%.
The gallery of art at the Art of Racing website represents the work of artists–from Maryland as well as from 18 other states including Arizona, California, Connecticut, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin–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 the website.
The winning artwork of The Art of Racing 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.
The second annual 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 four of MICA’s art and design classes.