Paul Hostetler's winning design for the inaugural City Art Bus Competition

Charlottesville, VA – Tom Tom Founders Festival and Charlottesville Area Transit (CAT) announce Paul Hostetler as the winner of the inaugural City Art Bus Competition. This April, Hostetler’s design, “Dinosaurs” will wrap the 35’ clean diesel bus, transforming it into a mobile mural seen by more than 200,000 commuters throughout Charlottesville. The 3rd Annual Art Bus will be launched at the Tom Tom Founders Festival and run on CAT routes throughout the year.

Hostetler’s illustration features a colorful herd of dinosaurs roaming across a prehistoric plain. “In my mind, there is very little cooler than dinosaurs, and this bus project is probably the best chance anyone will have outside of a movie theater of seeing them life-size,” Hostetler said.

Paul Hostetler is a freelance illustrator and painter currently residing in Charlottesville, Virginia.  Hostetler is a McGuffey incubator art, whose work has been featured in Whurk magazine, C-Ville Weekly, and Virginia Living and whose clients include Cambridge University Press, and The Jefferson Center for Free Speech. To learn more about Paul Hostetler and his creative process, please visit:

Hostetler’s dinosaur design was among the 13 finalists that were announced in November as a part of the City Art Bus Competition. The winner was chosen through the combination of a public vote (1000+ votes cast), a vote from CAT employees, and a juried panel. Each of the finalists’ designs will be featured in CAT bus shelters throughout Charlottesville this April. Tom Tom would also like to recognize the competition’s runner-up, Andrew Stronge’s “Space,” and the Jury Selection of Alan Goffinski’s “Hotdog Submarine.”

The City Art Bus Competition is a part of Tom Tom’s ‘City as Canvas’ initiative, which transforms public spaces through murals, public performances, and art installations through the help of local and regional artists and organizers. The inaugural Art Bus, completed in 2015 by prolific Richmond muralist Mickael Broth, had 28,000 riders and reached an estimated 300,000 viewers. The 2016 Art Bus, which can still be seen driving on various CAT routes today, was designed by Paul “SWANK” Nandee, of Los Angeles’ ICU Art. To date, the 2016 Art Bus has carried more than 23,230 passengers and has traveled 25,745 miles. More information can be found at