The Tom Tom Festival is looking for traffic-stopping pieces of art for its moving murals competition.

Artists and designers from around the world submit their pieces to showcase on buses in Charlottesville and Albemarle County. The sixth-annual event is a Charlottesville Collaboration with Charlottesville Area Transit and JAUNT.

Organizers say the competition is a way of making the city more beautiful and spotlighting artists in the area.

"Public art is really important especially we here at the Tom Tom Festival Foundation," said Alex Bryant of the Tom Tom Festival. "It's one of the things that we champion as one of a thriving small city, you have to have beautiful things, you have to have you know unless people don't want to live here."

Interested artists have until November 30 to send a submission.


10/01/2019 Release from the Tom Tom Foundation:

Charlottesville, VA (October 1st, 2019) – The Tom Tom Foundation, Charlottesville Area Transit, and JAUNT announced today the opening of the sixth-annual City Art Bus public design competition.

In past years, hundreds of artists and designers from around the world have submitted designs for “mobile murals” that are wrapped on buses operating throughout the city and county and seen by 300,000+ people annually.

The initial submissions, which are due by November 30, 2019, will be narrowed down to ten semifinalists. Then, two final designs will be chosen by combining the results of three separate votes: one by the public, one by JAUNT and CAT drivers, and one by a Tom Tom jury.

Some highlights of the project, started in 2015, have included the elevation of local and national designs:

  • 2015 - Welcoming Walls artist, Mickael Broth, painted the first Art Bus with UVA students
  • 2016 - Second Street Gallery and Los Angeles’ ICU Art created the first digital wrap
  • 2017 - The public and CAT drivers chose “Dinosaurs” by Paul Hostetler as the winning design
  • 2018 - CAT & JAUNT featured “Space Bus” by Andrew Stronge and “Nature” by Sam Gray
  • 2019 - More than 3,000 public votes resulted in the wrapping of “New Beginnings” by Egypt and “Snodbots” by Craig Snodgrass onto CAT & JAUNT buses

Submissions are due by November 30, 2019. To enter, please visit tomtomfest.com/2020-city-art-bus/. Read more about the competition and initiative at tomtomfest.com/city-art-bus/.

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