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Art-O-Mat: Cigarette Vending Machines Selling Art

Art-O-Mat is the brain child of Clark Whittington of Winston-Salem NC, (where else) Whittington started the project in 1997 using the recently banned old cigarette vending machines. The converted vending machines now dispence small, one of a kind art works, including Whittington’s own photographs(one dollar a pop). The collective, which now involves a couple dozen artists, is called Artists in Cellophane.

Art-O-Mat series

The collectives mission statement:

“Artists in Cellophane (AIC) is the sponsoring organization of Art*o*mat®. The mission of AIC is to encourage art consumption by combining the worlds of art and commerce in an innovative form. AIC believes that art should be progressive, yet personal and approachable. What better way to do this, than with a heavy, cold, steel machine?”

Bucks County Free Library, Doylestown, PA

Artists-in-cellophane accepts submissions from artists who are interested in the project. Guidelines can be found HERE. There are over one hundred art vending machines in locations scattered all across the country. Look for a machine near you HERE.

Samples of work offered in the machines

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