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City Art Bus Competition:
Open Call for Designs & Original Art

Tom Tom Founders Festival, Charlottesville Area Transit, and JAUNT are looking for artists and designers to create the next design for the Fourth Annual City Art Bus.


Help us transform two buses this spring. Tom Tom, JAUNT, and Charlottesville Area Transit are partnering to commission high-caliber pieces of original art for the 2018 City Art Bus Competition. Featuring not one but two buses this year, the annual City Art Bus project serves as a moving mural and operates on bus lines throughout Charlottesville and Albemarle County. Two different designs will be featured. These buses will operate on bus lines throughout the City and County and will be seen by 200,000+ people.

The City Art Bus began in 2015 when Mickael Broth, Tom Tom’s 2015 Artist in Residence, painted the exterior of a soon to be decommissioned 35’ flyer bus. In 2016, Los Angeles artist, Paul “SWANK” Nandee, in a partnership with 2nd Street Gallery and ICU Art, designed the digital wrap that covers the entire exterior of the current bus.

The City Art Bus serves as a moving mural and is seen by 200,000+ people every year. “Public transit reaches a lot people,” says Westley Kern, Marketing Coordinator at Charlottesville Area Transit, “and we felt like this positive message of creativity and empowerment was something that would add to our riders’ experience on public transit, and bring the service to even more members of the Charlottesville community.”

Congratulations to artist Paul Hostetler, winner of the 2017 City Art Bus Competition! The bus will go on display during the 2017 festival.

Concept Competition Details:


  • In the first round of submissions, everyone will use the same template to submit their concept. The final designs, which will be commissioned, will be specifically tailored to the different CAT & Jaunt bus specifications. 
  • Create your concept sketch using the PDF template provided below and submit via the portal below. 
  • When submitting your initial concept, please include your last name and the title of the piece when naming the file (ex. PaulHostetler-DinosaurHerd.pdf).
  • Ten semifinalists will be chosen in mid-October and will be given an opportunity to refine their design for a public unveiling in November. The winners will be chosen by a combination vote of Tom Tom’s Art Team, CAT & Jaunt bus drivers, and a public voting process. 
  • The designers selected for the CAT bus and the Jaunt bus will each earn a $500 commission to create a design that will become a digitally printed vinyl wrap.

Deadline for initial submissions has passed.

2017 City Art Bus by Paul Hostetler


Paul Hostetler is a freelance illustrator, painter, and comics maverick. He 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, Experience Life!, Smart Lab Toys, The Jefferson Center for Free Speech, 2RW Consultants, the Aquarium of the Pacific, Random House Publishing, Arlington magazine, Bethesda magazine, C-Ville Weekly, Charleston Home, Kent County Public Libraries, Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, The South magazine, and The Utne Reader.





Paul “SWANK” Nandee is a Los Angeles based artist/designer who is a part of the prestigious ICU Art collective. SWANK has completed work on projects for a wide range of companies including: Ford Motor Company, Touchstone Pictures, The Learning Channel (TLC), Pepsi, MTV, Delta Airlines, ESPN, URB Magazine, Virgin Mobile, RIOT Games, Activision, Gatorade, and NIKE. Through a partnership between Tom Tom, CAT, Second Street Gallery and ICU Art, SWANK designed the digital wrap that transformed the 29’ hybrid Art Bus though cheerful characters and animals. The bus currently runs along lines 1, 3, 4, 10, and 11 throughout the City and County.


Mickael Broth

Mickael Broth is an acclaimed muralist with works across the US and is the co-founder of Richmond’s Welcoming Walls, a project dedicated to bring large-scale public art to the highways and gateways of Richmond, VA in an effort to boost civic pride, tourism, and the city’s reputation as a capital. Broth is also a published author and recipient of VMFA’s Professional Fellowship. For the first annual City Art Bus, Broth painted a soon to be decommissioned 35’ long flyer bus that was on view for one year after its completion during the 2015 festival. Its colorful design provided a playful take on Charlottesville’s history and landmarks.