For the first time, the Iroquois Steeplechase has invited area youth to participate in its featured artist competition for the chance to have their work selected as the Official Artwork of the 2018 race. The nonprofit Volunteer State Horsemen’s Foundation, which governs the annual event, is currently seeking submissions from youth ages 8 to 19.
“Steeplechase is a celebrated, family-friendly event, and we’ve always featured plenty of activities for the children who attend,” said Dwight Hall, chairman of the Iroquois Steeplechase Race Committee. “We feel that selecting a local youth as our featured artist for 2018 is a fitting element to incorporate into the event, which benefits causes like Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.”
Photos of completed artwork submissions are currently being accepted via email at [email protected] or by fax at 615-591-2909. The original artwork must be at least 8” x 10” or larger, and all 2D media is acceptable, including oil, acrylic, charcoal, pencil and watercolor. The general theme is equine, but horses are not required to be the main subject. The artwork should represent the vibrant energy of an Iroquois Steeplechase race day. Each submission must also include the completed entry form. The deadline for submissions is December 1, 2017.
Three or more finalists will be selected, and the original artwork will be requested from each finalist for the Featured Artist selection. The chosen artwork will be unveiled at the Steeplechase spring luncheon, which the artist will be invited to attend. The chosen artist will also receive four box seat armbands and a parking pass for the 2018 Iroquois Steeplechase.