View the work of Artist-in-Residence Paul Hostetler, a freelance illustrator, painter, and comic artist. Paul graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2009 with his BFA in illustration, and is currently a McGuffey incubator artist. His clients include Virginia Living, Adbusters, Whurk, Utne Reader, and The Jefferson Center for Free Speech. As this year’s City Art Bus competition winner, Paul will be hosting an illustration workshop during the festival: Life-Size Caricatures, 11AM-2PM, McGuffey Art Center.
Now entering its third year, the City Art Bus is a collaborative project between Tom Tom and the Charlottesville Area Transit (CAT). The annual bus is a key component of Tom Tom’s City as Canvas initiative, which aims to recast shared everyday experiences into public works of art. Hostetler’s dinosaur design wraps a 35-foot clean diesel bus, transforming it into a mobile mural seen by more than 200,000 commuters throughout Charlottesville. Take the bus from Grounds to Downtown…and back again!
This year, we’re partnering with Virginia Festival of the Book to host writer-in-residence, Roye Okupe. If you’re intrigued by graphic novels, be sure to check out Okupe’s comic artwork.
Created as part of a multi-month project by UVA student Cody Simms, a revitalized Airstream camper serves as an unorthodox community center on wheels. Throughout the spring, the Airstream Storytelling project will travel around Charlottesville collecting and presenting stories from neighborhood residents. Cody and his Airstream will also make an appearance at the IX Art Park during the Community Picnic, 5PM-7PM, IX Art Park.
Check out our annual City as Canvas Mural Project, which funds the painting of vibrant, colorful murals in high-visibility spaces throughout the city. Enjoy Farm-to-Table Restaurant Week menus that highlight local produce and our region’s premier chefs throughout the week. Also, enjoy the concoctions of our Craft Cocktail Competition mixologists, and get a Tom Tom Cocktail featuring at least one local ingredient. Don’t forget to review the cocktail online!