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The Seventh Annual Tom Tom Founders Festival is a week-long celebration of innovators, visionaries, and artists who are shaping small cities. The Festival occurs at dozens of venues throughout downtown Charlottesville. 

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Frank Walker

Charlottesville, Virginia

Frank Walker was born in 1953 in Charlottesville, Virginia. He began his education at the Jefferson Elementary School, moved on to Walker Junior High School, St. Emma Military Academy in Powhatan, Virginia, and graduated from Lane High School. College followed at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia where he majored in Painting and Printmaking. After finishing his education, Frank completed a four-year tour in the U.S. Army.

Mr. Walker returned to Charlottesville from the service and was hired in the Division of Art Photography and Television at the University of Virginia Medical Center as a Medical Artist and Graphic Designer. The Medical Center closed this department, bringing an end to his 17-year career at UVA. Frank opened his own business, WALKER’S INK, and was able to capture much of the medical and graphic work that he had produced at the University. Frank has since retired from commercial work and began his journey back to Fine Art in his Fifth Street space.

Walker’s work has been shown in numerous exhibitions including the McGuffey Art Center and The Jefferson School African American Heritage Gallery. His paintings and drawings can be found in numerous private collections. Mr. Walker also has a passion for military history. He maintains an extensive collection of models and figures covering all wars of American history.

Frank is married to Cecelia Walker. He has three children, nine grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Self portrait by the artist, Frank Walker.

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