Part of City as Canvas


In 2017, the Tom Tom Mural Project entered its fourth year, engaging local and regional artists at multiple sites throughout Charlottesville. The murals were created during the week of festival and inspired people to reimagine their city and neighborhoods as opportunities for creativity and expression.


A central component to Tom Tom is the idea of “City as Canvas,” inspiring our citizens to see public places in new and imaginative ways and to become authors of their City. This can be 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 included the FUNd@CACF and UVA’s College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. Special thanks goes to the IX Art Park & Woodard Properties for underwriting artists stipends, Blue Ridge Building Supply and Benjamin Moore Paint for donating supplies, and United Rentals for subsidizing the lifts.

In 2017, Tom Tom is produced murals at MAS Tapas, the Glass Building, and Charlottesville Day School.

Andre Shank

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.

Emily Herr

Emily Herr creates custom hand-painted murals on preexisting surfaces under the name HERRSUITE. She specializes in careful context-based design with bright and playful imagery. 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.

Chicho Lorenzo

Chicho Lorenzo has been painting around Charlottesville and transmitting the Art experience with kids and adults through his murals. Sultan Kebab restaurant, The Southern, IX Art Park, and many local schools got their walls transformed into windows to colorful and peaceful worlds.

Mickael Broth


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.

Christy Baker


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.

Ed Trask


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.

Laura Wooten

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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.

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.

Graffiti Wall at McGuffey Art Center

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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.

Belmont Mandala


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.