Tom Tom’s City as Canvas Mural Project occurs each April during the festival week and inspires residents to reimagine their city and neighborhoods as opportunities for creative expression. Entering it’s fifth year, the project engages local and regional artists at multiple sites throughout Charlottesville.
A central component to Tom Tom is the idea of “City as Canvas,” inspiring citizens to see public places in new and imaginative ways and to become authors of their City. This theme can encompass tactical urbanist projects like block parties or pop up installations, but we also seek to foster lasting legacies that live beyond the festival.
Principal supporters of this project include the FUNd@CACF and The Bama Works Fund of the Dave Matthews Band.
Harrisonburg native and Richmond resident, Andre Shank, has become a fixture on the regional art scene. In the past he has partnered with nonprofits and corporate sponsors to imagine, collaborate, and execute a variety of projects.
Shank has become well known in the area for his colorful and arresting figure drawings. His work first appeared in Charlottesville in the Benny Deluca’s restaurant on W Main St. He also received critical acclaim for his large Lucy Simms mural in Harrisonburg which was commissioned by local nonprofits and government and highlights one of the city’s great female minority leaders of the past.
313 2nd St SE at The Glass Building
EmilyHerr creates custom hand-painted murals on preexisting surfaces through her company, HERRSUITE. She specializes in careful context-based design with bright and playful imagery.
Following her work at Tom Tom, Herr is embarking on her Girls! Girls! Girls! tour which creates murals up and down the east coast that claim public visual space for inclusive, realistic, and positive representations of women.
Painting murals for the last 8 years has been an excuse to explore new settings for visual art, work closely with an ever-changing variety of people, and push her physical and creative limits.
320 10th St NE at Charlottesville Day School
Chicho Lorenzo is a native of Madrid, Spain who first made his mark in the US in Brookyln before relocating to Charlottesville. Since then, he has been painting around and transmitting the art experience with kids and adults through his murals.
His work is inspired by the color, passion and vibrant spirit of his homeland and his artistic style cites influences both ancient and modern.
Thanks to Chicho, Sultan Kebab restaurant, The Southern, IX Art Park, and many local schools got their walls transformed into windows to colorful and peaceful worlds.
904 Monticello Rd at MAS Tapas
Mickael 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.
Broth came to Richmond in 2001 with the intention of painting graffiti as much as possible. His involvement in vandalism was halted abruptly with his arrest in 2004 and subsequent ten-month jail term for his crimes. In 2013, he published a three part memoir detailing his experiences in jail called,Gated Community: Graffiti and Incarceration.
1327 E High St at Charlottesville Sanitary Supply
6th St SE & Garrett St at Champion Brewery
Christy Baker is a jack of all trades when it comes to painting. She paints murals, provides consulting services for restoration projects, and runs the popular Pigment shop in McIntire Plaza.
As a prolific artist, her work is everywhere around Charlottesville, from C&O, to the Habitat Store, to Pro Re Nata, to Timbercreek Market, to Roots, to McIntire Plaza, and the Virginia Discovery Museum.
1010 Wertland St at Woodard Properties
Ed Trask is a Richmond VA artist originally from Loudon County VA. While enrolled at Virginia Commonwealth University, Trask was heavily involved in the 80s Richmond punk scene where he created his own gallery spaces in dilapidated buildings surrounding his school. Later, while on tour with the Dischord records band the Holy Rollers, he continued to paint murals around the world.
After returning to Richmond, he started creating mural and sign work for companies like Gap, G.E., Capital One, Fortune Magazine, N.B.C, Philip Morris, Media General, Mars and Play inc. He continues to paint murals, create collaborative projects and works as a corporate creative consultant.
1105 Carlton Ave at Brunton & Hicks, Inc.
Laura is a lifelong artist, having earned her undergraduate degree in Art and Architecture at the University of Virginia and continued on at UVA as an Aunspaugh Post-Baccalaureate Fellow in Studio Art before earning her MFA from American University in Washington, D.C.
She’s an artist, a mom, and co-owner of Orzo Kitchen & Wine Bar in Charlottesville, VA with her husband and two best friends. Her travels throughout the Mediterranean have cultivated an ongoing passion for the food, wine, and culture of the region.
963 2nd St SE at IX Art Park
Graffiti Art Battle
Graffiti and mural art specialists Junction XXI formed teams for a creative competition. Teams of two battled it out on the graffiti wall by Champion Brewery, creating a blend of artistic styles, colors, and visions.
Live art occurred for six hours, and judges voted on the best section of the wall at the end. The battle showcased and celebrated the non-traditional art form of graffiti.
Base of the Belmont Bridge
Graffiti Wall at McGuffey Art Center
Originally created by U.Va. student David Cook, the Graffiti Wall at McGuffey Art Center, was later finished by a collective of graffiti artists from McGuffey, Charlottesville Schools, the University of Virginia, and the Charlottesville community.
Aiming to turn an unsightly concrete wall into a rotating canvas of local street art, the collective served as a way to bring the community together to create a piece of art.
201 2nd St NW at McGuffey Art Center
Neighborhood stalwart, Brian Wimer, kicked off the process in 2014 by creating a giant mandala filling the intersection of Hinton and Monticello in Belmont. The mandala was revived and repainted by the community during the 2015 festival at the Belmont Bash.
Brian, who led the community designed and community painted Belmont Mandala, is an accomplished director and filmmaker with over 30 independent film awards. His work allowed hundreds of Charlottesville residents of all ages to contribute to the public art piece.