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Finalists Announced for City Art Bus Competition

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People in Charlottesville can vote for their favorite bus designs People in Charlottesville can vote for their favorite bus designs
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

Voting is now open for deciding what artwork you want to see on buses around Charlottesville.

The 2019 City Art Bus Competition, which is hosted by Tom Tom Festival, garnered more than 50 art and design ideas.

Organizers narrowed it down to 10 finalists, and the winners will soon see their masterpieces on Jaunt and Charlottesville Area Transit buses.

Tom Tom Festival Director Paul Beyer says people in the area have the final say.

“A big part of Tom Tom is about empowering the people of Charlottesville and of Albemarle to see their city as a place where they can create, so we've had a tremendous number of local artists apply and submit designs to be part of the city art bus and it’s only appropriate now that the people of the city are able to choose the winner,” Beyer said.

You can see all of the designs and vote for which one you like best here.

You must enter your selection before January 5.


Press Release from Tom Tom Festival:

Charlottesville, VA – The finalists for the 2019 City Art Bus Competition were announced today. The competition drew 54 submissions from an international group of artists and designers aiming to transform public transit buses into moving murals that will be seen by hundreds of thousands of people in the coming year. The public is invited to get involved and vote for their favorite design.

In its fifth year, the project is a signature event of the Tom Tom Festival, Charlottesville Area Transit, and JAUNT. It features new designs that roll out each spring and continue on City and County streets throughout the year. The 2019 Art Buses will include a 35’ clean diesel CAT bus and a 28’ JAUNT bus.

Public voting on the 10 finalist designs opens today and closes Friday, January 4th. The winners will be chosen by combining the results of the public vote, votes from both CAT and JAUNT Bus Drivers, and a juried panel. To cast your vote or learn more, please visit: www.tomtomfest.com/city-art-bus

The 2019 Finalists are:

  • Carol Barber Vibrations Day & Night. Carol Barber’s works mix painting, drawing, and collage on paper and canvas. Charlottesville, VA.
  • Tiffany Beasi Freedom. Beasi is a professional painter, muralist and art director with over 15 years experience located in Florida.
  • Goodloe Byron Pandamonium. Byron is a bookwriter, bookmaker, book cover designer, drawer, paint, thrower, artist, doodlist, and man about town from Maryland.
  • Egypt New Beginnings, Eternal Life. Emerging artist and muralist from Los Angeles, CA.
  • Lou Haney Super Flowers. Haney is a painter from Decatur, Alabama who has exhibited work across the United States and is currently living in Charlottesville.
  • Ade Milhad Nature City. Milhad is a freelance illustrator based in Jakarta, Indonesia. His work is inspired by surreal and abstract art with a touch of retro style.
  • Sebastian Puentes Rivero One Way Ticket. Born in Buenos Aires in 1975, Puentes Rivero is an all-around artist who has been involved in different artistic disciplines throughout his career. He's worked as set designer for many plays operas and store windows.
  • Madeleine Rhondeau Weathered Storms. Rhondeau explores memory as it slips between the real and the remembered. Charlottesville, VA.
  • Craig Snodgrass Scenic Snodbots. Snodgrass wrote and illustrated a children's book, developed designer toys, designed a line of t-shirts and shoes, and is currently working on the first SnodBOTS comic book
  • Tanner & Rose Many Hands. Ashley Walton is an Art Director nestled in the cozy and vibrant Charlottesville, Virginia.

The competition invited artists to participate in Tom Tom’s ‘City as Canvas’ initiative, which transforms public spaces through murals, public performance, art installations, and innovative collaborations with local organizations. The festival will occur April 8 - 14, 2019.

The inaugural Art Bus was completed in 2015 by prolific Richmond muralist Mickael Broth. The 2018 Art Buses, which can still be seen driving on various CAT & Jaunt routes today, was designed by Sam Gray & Andrew Stronge, respectively.