Call for Submissions: Solo Exhibition for Tom Tom Festival

Tom Tom and The Bridge PAI Issue Call for Solo-Exhibition Proposals
Resident artist to feature innovative, technology driven art this April.


Charlottesville, VA – Tom Tom Founders Festival and The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative  announce a call for artists for their inaugural artist-in-residence partnership. The two organizations are seeking proposals for a solo-exhibition incorporating the theme of “innovation and technology.” Artists are encouraged to explore the concepts of disruption, inclusion, community, and the intersection of people and ideas. Submissions are open to all mediums. Artists are encouraged to stretch the concept of a traditional gallery exhibition. Opportunities exist for artists to incorporate workshops, activities, performance, etc.. This exhibition will be publicized to an anticipated 20,000+ attendees this Spring. The deadline to submit is: March 1st, 2018.


The exhibition will debut Friday, April 6 at The Bridge’s gallery and continue through the duration of April. Artists interested in this opportunity can submit their ideas and proposals here: Submission Link.


The solo-exhibition for a newly selected artist in residence will mark an inaugural partnership between the Tom Tom Founders Festival and The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative.  Tom Tom’s commitment to highlighting innovators and makers in small-cities is a complementary alignment to The Bridge’s mission to bridge diverse communities through the arts by facilitating connection, practicing engagement, and designing great experiences.


“There’s really no question about the role of art and creativity in driving innovation,” says Alan Goffinski, Director of The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative, “artists train themselves to see things that don’t yet exist–and to do so from alternative perspectives. In that sense, an artist’s practice is entirely about creating, reimagining, and disrupting. It’s often the artist in the room that asks the important peculiar questions that nobody else has yet considered. To that end, The Bridge is excited to partner with Tom Tom to offer this platform for art to challenge and shape knowledge.”


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The Tom Tom Foundation is a nonprofit organization that celebrates entrepreneurship, culture, and innovation in small cities. Tom Tom’s signature event is a weeklong Founders Festival that takes place in Charlottesville, Va, each April in conjunction with Thomas Jefferson’s birthday. This cross discipline, multi-venue experience transforms the historic downtown and empowers entrepreneurs, innovators, and civic leaders who are defining the future. Since its inception in 2012, the Foundation’s programming has showcased thousands of speakers, artists, and bands to 186,000 program attendees, and has channeled $2.9 million to new ventures and projects. Learn more:



The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative (501c3) is a cultural hub for Charlottesville offering an inclusive space for creative thinking and artistic pursuits while providing resources and methodology for meaningful arts engagement throughout the community. Our mission is to bridge diverse communities through the arts. More information can be found at our website – or by following us on Facebook.



The Tom Tom Founders Festival is presented with the generous support of the University of Virginia, American Evolution, the Quantitative Foundation, and the Virginia Tourism Corporation.