CATS Kicks-off Annual Student Art Contest


February 25, 2021

Contact: Juliann Sheldon,

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CATS Kicks-off Annual Student Art Contest


Charlotte, N.C. – Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) is announcing its second-annual Student Art Contest.  Local high school and college students are asked to submit original designs that address the theme of “unity”. Entries must be submitted to CATS by March 12 and will be evaluated by a committee of City officials and local art professionals.

Two winners, including one college student and one high school student, will be announced this Spring. The winning designs will be wrapped on two 40-foot CATS Buses for one year. Each winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

“These moving murals highlight the creative and artistic minds of our local youth and show how integrated transit is in our daily lives,” said CEO John Lewis. “That creativity is now on display throughout the Charlotte region and will hopefully inspire other youth and art students.”

During last year’s inaugural contest, Mayor Pro Tem Julie Eiselt and CATS CEO John Lewis unveiled buses wrapped with artwork by local students Sonia Zhu and Kylie Chan. Both winners created designs inspired by the theme of “movement” and were each awarded $1,000 scholarships.

Mayor Pro Tem Eiselt noted, “This has been such an exciting initiative and what a great way to showcase the talented and artistic students we have in our community!”

Interested students can learn more about the Art Bus Contest at or by calling CATS Customer Service at 704-336-RIDE(7433).