Art on the ART Bus

Art on the ART Bus is a mobile gallery on one of Arlington County’s ART buses. Run by Arlington’s Special Projects Curator, Cynthia Connolly, this unique bus features original works of art. This dynamic connection between public transit and original art makes the commute as exciting as the destination, cultivating a vibrant arts experience for transit in Arlington County, Virginia. Initiated in December 2010, this bus rotates throughout the different routes available to ART bus passengers. Learn more about the program and view past exhibits.

There are currently two ART buses that have exhibits installed.

Exhibit 1: Showcasing artwork by artist Emily Campbell

Exhibit 2: Showcasing artwork by artist Sushmita Mazumdar  

Art on the ART Bus is funded in part by Arlington Transit.

Emily Campbell's Art on the ART Bus Artwork

ABOUT THE EXHIBIT: Artist Emily Campbell invites you to picture yourself marching in the pet parade of playfully costumed dogs depicted in her colorful artwork. These four-legged pooches will accompany you as you make your way through the bus, and the artist hopes that the spectacle of high-stepping hounds brings to mind the happiness that animals provide. The original artwork in this bus is inspired by events hosted by the Animal Welfare League of Arlington.

Dog Parade

Dog Parade

Dog Parade

Sushmita Mazumdar's Art on the ART Bus Artwork

ABOUT THE EXHIBIT: Riders see their ART bus drivers everyday but do they know their stories? Artist Sushmita Mazumdar asked the drivers to share words in languages and scripts of their choice. Looking at the letters’ shapes as abstract forms, she explores how familiar and unfamiliar words and writing can become art. Turning their words into art displayed inside the bus through the Art on the ART bus program, Mazumdar hopes to make the bus drivers’ voices visible to all.

Art on the ART Bus

Artwork

Artist