Now entering its third year, the City Art Bus is a collaborative project between Tom Tom and Charlottesville Area Transit (CAT). The annual bus is a key component of Tom Tom’s City as Canvas initiative which reimagines underused spaces as creative opportunities for public art.


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.

2017 City Art Bus by Paul Hostetler


Winner: 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.



2017 City Art Bus Competition

Congratulations to artist Paul Hostetler, winner of the 2017 City Art Bus Competition! Paul was chosen through the combination of a public vote (1000+ votes cast), a vote from CAT employees, and a juried panel. Come April, Paul’s design will wrap a 35’ clean diesel bus that will be seen by more than 200,000 people. All 13 finalist designs will be printed on limited edition posters this spring and displayed in CAT bus shelters throughout Charlottesville, transforming them into pop-up art galleries.





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.