Inaugural ABR Equine Art Challenge: A Juried Online Art Competition

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Artists of all ages and skill levels are invited to compete for a $400 first prize and the chance to have their work exhibited at a major racing event in America’s Best Racing’s inaugural Equine Art Challenge, an open-call, juried online art competition of works related to horses and horse racing.

The top 10 finalists as chosen by the independent panel of judges – consisting of an artist, an arts writer and a curator – will have their work exhibited at and the winner will be profiled in an ABR feature.

The winning works will be selected by guest jurors Miranda Lash, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Ky.; Cameron Shaw, Executive Director and Founding Editor of Pelican Bomb, a contemporary visual arts organization based in New Orleans; and Edward Waites, a successful young equine sculptor based in England.

Entries are being accepted through June 8. The top 10 finalists will be displayed at from July 6-17 and the winner will be announced July 21.


  • One submission per artist
  • All media accepted (painting, sculpture, photography, mixed media, works on paper, construction, jewelry, etc.)
  • Artwork must be equine-related in some capacity
  • Artists consent to having their work exhibited online at (if selected among top 10) and agree to participate in a feature story (if chosen as the winner)
  • Winning artist will be invited to have the winning artwork exhibited at a major racing event (event to be determined based on scheduling and logistical considerations)


$400 First prize

$100 Runner-up prize

$25 Third-place prize

To Submit

E-mail hi-res JPG image file (minimum 5x7 inches, 300 dpi) to

Include the following information in the body of the e-mail: title, name of artist, medium, dimensions, artist e-mail, phone number and address, Facebook page link, and Twitter handle.

Find the complete rules here.

More About the Jurors

Miranda Lash, @SpeedArtMuseum

Miranda Lash is the new curator of contemporary art at the Speed Art Museum. Previously, Lash was curator of modern and contemporary art the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) since 2008. During her tenure at NOMA, she curated over twenty exhibitions, including the large-scale traveling retrospective exhibition Mel Chin: Rematch. The exhibition Parallel Universe: Quintron and Miss Pussycat, which Lash organized in 2010, featured the musical artist Quintron composing and recording an entire music album (Sucre du Sauvage, later released by Goner Records) in a museum gallery. Lash has been named a Clark Fellow at the Clark Art Institute, a participating curator in the Japan Foundation U.S. Curatorial Exchange Program, and a past consultant for Creative Capital. Prior to her appointment at NOMA Lash was curatorial assistant at The Menil Collection in Houston. She received her B.A. in History of Art and Architecture from Harvard University, and her M.A. in Art History from Williams College. 

Cameron Shaw, @pelicanbomb

Cameron Shaw is the Executive Director and Founding Editor of Pelican Bomb, a contemporary visual arts organization in New Orleans. Shaw has more than 10 years of professional experience and her leadership in the arts has been recognized by the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture and the World Economic Forum as a Global Shaper. Her articles, interviews, and essays on art and visual culture have appeared in numerous publications and books, and, in 2009, she was awarded a Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant for Short-Form Writing. Before moving to New Orleans, Shaw was Research Manager at David Zwirner Gallery in New York, and she has worked in curatorial departments at the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven, Conn., the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

Edward Waites, @edwardwaites

Edward Waites is a self-taught sculptor of animal forms, including racehorses. Born in England in 1988, his distinctive work has earned international recognition and acclaim in the short period of time since Waites left school and fully devoted himself to his practice. His body of work is shaped by his own passion for the vitality, energy and grace of his subjects. Waites’s sculptures feature in distinguished public, corporate and private collections around the world, including several royal collections. Notable commissions include those for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh, the ruling family of Dubai, Sheikh Fahad & Qatar Racing, Lord and Lady Bamford, the Bhartia family, Ivan Massow and Ben de Lisi.

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