Art-O-Mat: A Destination
Art-o-mat® Art Vending Machines are retired cigarette vending machines that have been converted to vend small boxes of original art sized to replace classic packs of cigarettes. Budding art collectors have it made! As easy as buying a candy bar, the Art-o-mat® takes the nostalgic hands-on action of a vending machine to dispense small handmade pieces of art. The Erie Art Museum is the only Art-o-mat® location in Pennsylvania outside of Philadelphia. Stop in today and see what quirky works of original art the Art-o-mat® has in store for you.
There are now over 100 active machines in locations scattered throughout the country, and the Erie Art Museum has been fortunate enough to have one of its very own. The experience of pulling the knob alone is quite a thrill, but that’s not all! You also walk away with an original work of art personally vended to you as if it were a pack of cigarettes. (No proof of age necessary!) This format is an easy and satisfying way to become an original art collector.
Around 400 contributing artists from 10 different countries are currently involved in the Art-o-mat® project. Want to make art for these machines? Art-o-mat® is always searching for fresh ideas and artists to distribute.