ORNL FCU Community Art & Mural Program Returns

ORNL Federal Credit Union is excited to bring back its Community Art & Mural Program in 2023–2024. The program provides local artists and school art programs the opportunity to showcase their creativity in a unique fashion: by painting a large structure visible from a main access road in Oak Ridge. 

Introduced in 2017, the Community Art & Mural Program was created to support initiatives that make the arts accessible to all and help our communities thrive. 


  • To support the Credit Union’s Core Community Values and Purpose—Together, We Thrive.
  • To recognize and highlight student artists, local artists, and non-profit arts programs.
  • To create a public art display that is accessible to all.
  • To enhance the beauty of our region.
  • To invest in community improvement programs.


The program is an open competition for Oak Ridge school students to submit designs to be displayed on a cinderblock wall. The wall surrounds a generator situated on the campus of ORNL FCU’s main headquarters located at 221 S. Rutgers Avenue. 

The competition allows for local school students to submit artwork for a chance to not only have their design recreated on a large scale, public platform, but to win a $100 cash prize for the student (or team) and a $500 cash prize for their school’s art programs. 

The competition is open to students and/or art programs in the Oak Ridge school system. Contest categories are grades K–4, 5–8, and 9–12. There will be one winner from each grade category. Artwork can be designed by an individual or be a collaborative effort by a group of students. Finished entries must capture and/or represent the stated. 

Students will have between December 1, 2023, and January 31, 2024, to submit their artwork. A panel of judges will select and announce the winning designs by March 15, 2024. The designs will be painted in the spring of 2024 by local artist, Bryan Wilkerson, who will choose placement based on orientation and scalability. Wall sizes are: 38.5’ x 15’ area facing S. Rutgers Avenue; 38.5’ x 15’ area facing N. Purdue Avenue; and 19.5’ x 15’ area facing ORNL FCU headquarters.


The subject matter for the mural should capture the idea of “new beginnings.”  


Bryan Wilkerson, a Tennessee native and Professor of Art and Design at Roane State Community College, is a versatile artist whose work encompasses ceramics, murals, public art, and digital design. His creations are marked by a playful exploration of humor, craft, irony, and common symbolic references.

Bryan is also known for his captivating murals that grace communities with vibrant and thought-provoking imagery. Through his art, he shares the joy of discovery and encourages everyone to embrace the transformative power of creative expression.


For more information about ORNL FCU’s Community Art & Mural Program, please contact Jessica Emert at 865.220.1014 or jemert@ornlfcu.com. Additional details are attached.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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