In celebration of Arts Month 2017, a public dedication for our new Art-o-mat® machine will be held at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum on Wednesday, October 4th at 10AM.
The Cultural Office is pleased to announce that the Art-o-mat® machine, entitled Carnival, will be coming to our community! Art-o-mat® machines are retired cigarette vending machines that have been converted to vend small works of handmade art, each retailing for just $5. There are over 100 active machines in various locations throughout the country. Art-o-mat® is the work of North Carolina artist Clark Whittington, who has been creating these whimsical machines for 20 years. In celebration of Arts Month 2017, a public dedication for our new Art-o-mat® machine will be held at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum on Wednesday, October 4th at 10AM. Be sure to bring a handful of five dollar bills so that you can be among the first in our community to purchase an original piece of Art-o-mat® art!
Art-o-mat® is fun way to build public interest in the arts, to provide local artists with a new outlet for creativity, and to connect the City of Colorado Springs to a network of other arts destinations across the country. Collectors have even been known to plan their travels around visits to Art-o-mat® communities!
Through cross-sector partnerships, the machine will be hosted at various venues and facilities (TBD) where tourist & local foot-traffic are high. With enough willing partners, the machine will move to different community locations every 6 to 12 months. Placement of Art-o-mat® machines at these key locations will help to elevate the visibility and brand of our local arts & cultural community, and will provide tourists and residents with a new way to engage and enjoy the arts.
What do you get?
The experience of pulling the knob alone is quite a thrill, but you also walk away with an original work of art. What an easy and affordable (all pieces sell for $5) way to become an art collector!
Become an Art-o-mat® Artist
There are around 300 contributing artists from 10 different countries currently involved in the Art-o-mat® project. They are always searching for fresh work, so there’s an opportunity for local artists to get involved with our machines, as well as with machines from across the country.