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Are you an artist? You could show off your skills on a Hillsborough County transit bus

Art on Hart winning artist will get $2,000
Posted at 12:01 PM, Sep 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-19 12:18:49-04

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. — Are you an artist? If so, Hillsborough County is looking for you.

They want your masterpiece to be seen by everyone. It’s called Art on Hart.

“We take a public transit bus and transform it into a 35-foot-long rolling art canvas,” said Patrick Thorpe with the Tampa Bay Foundation for Architecture and Design.

This is the second straight year that HART has teamed up with the Tampa Bay Foundation for Architecture and Design.

“As a way to show people how far you can actually get with public transit while also bringing art to under-served communities that may not have access to good public art,” said Thorpe.

Just like the song, the wheels on this bus will go round and round all through the town, reaching an estimated 1.3 million people across Hillsborough County. Last year’s winner, Michael O’Connell, said you can’t ask for more exposure as an artist.

“Because there are so many good artists in Tampa, but they don’t have an opportunity for their work to be seen, so for me it was a great opportunity especially in your home town,” said O’Connell.

O’Connell said Art on Hart was a springboard for his career, but it was also a great way to give back.

“The fact that I was able to give art for where I live was a big deal for me too, that meant a lot,” said O’Connell.

Artist registration for Art on Hart ends September 27.. For more information on how to register or donate to this program, go to

Final entries are due on November 22 at 5:00 p.m. Click here, for submission guidelines.

The winning artist will receive a $2,000 cash award, featured bio in the TBFAD 'Art on Hart' printed program and recognition on TBFAD and participating organizations social media sites.