The Art-o-Mat Vends Art for the Masses

The Art-o-Mat Vends Art for the Masses


Original art has never been more accessible. In early April, the American Conservatory Theatre will unveil its newest addition—the Art-o-mat®. This refashioned, retro cigarette machine doles out artwork the size of a cigarette pack for $5 a piece. First created by North Carolina artist Clark Whittington, the vending machine will feature artwork from almost two dozen artists across the country. For over 15 years, Art-o-mats® have been installed coast-to-coast, giving enthusiasts everywhere an affordable alternative to purchase pocket-sized, one-of-a-kind pieces like clay sculptures, stained glass, and watercolors.

A.C.T.'s Art-o-mat® offers work by artists including Sacramento native Michelle Cordova, abstract acrylic artist Pam Brekas, and pop artist Scott Blake. It's also a chance for Bay Area artists to spread their work—rolling submissions will be accepted via these guidelines.

But before you make a dash to 415 Geary, listen up. The custom-designed dispenser will make its home at The Costume Shop theater (A.C.T.'s 49-seat, black-box venue at 1117 Market St.) starting April 8, when Whittington will also be on hand to answer questions about submissions.

The public unveiling will take place from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. on Mon. 4/8 at A.C.T.’s Costume Shop theater, 1117 Market St.

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