Finalists Announced for City Art Bus Competition: Public Vote Opens Today

5th Annual mobile mural initiative enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of commuters

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:

  1. Carol Barber Vibrations Day & Night. Carol Barber’s works mix painting, drawing, and collage on paper and canvas. Charlottesville, VA.
  2. Tiffany Beasi Freedom. Beasi is a professional painter, muralist and art director with over 15 years experience located in Florida.
  3. Goodloe Byron Pandamonium. Byron is a bookwriter, bookmaker, book cover designer, drawer, paint, thrower, artist, doodlist, and man about town from Maryland.
  4. Egypt New Beginnings, Eternal Life. Emerging artist and muralist from Los Angeles, CA.  
  5. 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.  
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Madeleine Rhondeau Weathered Storms. Rhondeau explores memory as it slips between the real and the remembered. Charlottesville, VA.
  9. 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
  10. 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.

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ABOUT THE TOM TOM FESTIVAL

Tom Tom champions entrepreneurship, creativity, and civic innovation in America’s small cities. Now in its eighth year, the festival brings together leaders from industry, government, and the arts for a week of inspiration and transformative connections in Charlottesville, Virginia. Held in April to coincide with the birthday of its namesake, Thomas Jefferson, Tom Tom pairs thought-leadership with concerts, parties, public art, and artisanal food. It all adds up to an unrivaled celebration of big ideas at work in the hometowns driving our country’s future.  www.tomtomfest.com/about

ABOUT CHARLOTTESVILLE AREA TRANSIT

Charlottesville Area Transit provides bus service to the greater Charlottesville area. Riders enjoy safe, clean, and comfortable service Monday through Sunday. Most routes operate out of the Downtown Transit Station at 615 East Water Street. In addition to fixed-route service, CAT offers a free Trolley connecting downtown to the University of Virginia. Last fiscal year, CAT provided over 2.3 million passenger trips.

ABOUT JAUNT, Inc.

JAUNT, Inc. is a public service corporation established in 1975 to provide transportation throughout Central Virginia. Whether you're traveling to work,  shop, see a doctor, or catch a movie, JAUNT has a route that can help you get there. Our staff of friendly people and 85-vehicle fleet provide safe and convenient public transportation for everyone throughout Albemarle, Fluvanna, Louisa, Nelson and Buckingham Counties, as well as Charlottesville.

SPONSORS

Tom Tom’s founding partners include American Evolution and the University of Virginia, alongside key partners such as the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the Quantitative Foundation, C-VILLE Weekly, New Belgium Brewing, and the Virginia Tourism Corporation.