Theresia Zhang Wins Opening Ceremony of the ‘Art of Racing’ Competition organized by Preakness Stakes, MICA – CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Theresia Zhang, a Baltimore resident and student at the Maryland Institute College of the Arts, won the first edition of “The art of racing“A statewide art competition run by the school and Preakness Stakes organizers.

Zhang’s creation, titled “Speed,” hovers over a racehorse stooping forward on a stand and clutching the reins. With the rider’s scarlet silks matching the horse’s bow tie, and the rider leaning in close, the two objects seem to merge.

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In an artist’s statement, Zhang wrote: “Tilled it as ‘Speed’ because I purposely illustrate the speed of horse racing and the tension between a determined and victorious rider through a race. slow motion like an arrow. Textures are used to mimic the style of painting while keeping it authentic and believable. Figures can be separated from the background. “

“Speed” was chosen from 147 works – one for each year by Preakness Stakes.

“Preakness is an important part of the spirit of Maryland, and I am delighted that my work has been chosen to represent what the event means to the community,” said Zhang. five years. “By participating in this event, I understand more about this city culturally.”

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As the winner of the contest, she will receive $4,000 in stipends and two tickets to the 147th Preakness Stakes. Zhang said she will donate a portion of the prize to the Park Heights Renaissance, a An affordable housing nonprofit that operates near Pimlico Speedway.

“Speed” will be included in a collection of merchandise, including posters, magazines and t-shirts, available for sale during Preakness weekend. Proceeds from the sale of those items will also go to the Park Heights Renaissance.

The Stronach Corporation, which owns the Maryland Cycling Club, and MICA launched the “Art of Racing” competition on January 10. Entries are accepted until March 2, after which entrants Vote will choose their favorites.

The top 10 recipients of votes are judged by a panel of elected officials, community leaders and artists.

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“MICA faculty and students have been honored to participate in the call for entries that are deeply rooted in the Preakness tradition,” said Dr. Tiffany Holmes, Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs and Director of MICA . “Many of our students accepted the challenge of the new Art of Racing and created a series of pieces to celebrate this Baltimore spring event.” Theresia Zhang Wins Opening Ceremony of the ‘Art of Racing’ Competition organized by Preakness Stakes, MICA – CBS Baltimore

Jake Nichol

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