“Art-o-mat® machines are retired cigarette vending machines that have been converted to vend art. There are over 100 active machines in various locations throughout the country.”
In the Spring I spoke with the college about trying to generate some interest in the Art-o-mat at Kish. The result so far… My collection of artwork purchased through Art-o-mat machines (by other artists) is on display in their beautiful new student center. Hopefully, I will also visit the school to talk to students about the machine and maybe even participate in some work sessions while a student group generates work to contribute as well.
A little shaky camera phone vine of the Art-o-mat at Kishwaukee college, in Malta, (Northern) Illinois. click on the image to see the 6 second video.
If you are interested in seeing my collection, head into the student center through the south side entrance and the display is immediately to the right. From there you can walk ahead to the book store on the left.
If you’ve never visited an Art-o-mat and you live in the Northern Illinois area, you are in for a treat, as the machine at Kishwaukee College is quite the local treasure. As seen in the video above, you can purchase a token from the student book store, also in the student center, and then head across the hall and purchase an original piece of artwork. It’s that simple!
Read more here about my involvement with Art-o-mat
Also, while you are there, please visit their brand new art gallery. It is in the center of the school, where the old book store used to be located. They have a great show “Mesh” going on right now through September 25th.