Celebrate 25 Years of Art-o-mat!
Saturday, May 14, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm | Main Gallery
Celebrate 25 years of Art-o-mat and meet some of the artists who keep these incredible machines filled with original, affordable, and portable works of art and culture. Art-o-mat artists will have art to sell and Art-o-mat blocks to swap. There will be artist demonstrations, live music, and locally crafted food and beverages!
This event is free and open to the public. Come for an hour or stay the whole day!
Schedule of Events
8:00 am - 11:00 am
Cars & Coffee: Vintage American Car Show
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
2nd Saturday: Art-o-mat Inspired Family Art Activities
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Art-o-mat Swap Meet
What is an Art-o-mat Swap Meet?
The term Art-o-mat Swap Meet was established after our first gathering of Art-o-mat artists in the year 2000. This group of strangers from around the country immediately connected and were stoked to meet others who were involved in the project. Unexpectedly, the artists began trading their Art-o-mat art, and at the end of the day, everyone left with a collection of works crafted by their colleagues. Swap Meet (a somewhat archaic and geeky term) is defined as a gathering at which enthusiasts or collectors trade or exchange items of common interest. I just liked how the name literally defined what happened at that first event it's also an accessible term that reflects the egalitarian nature of Art-o-mat.
Clark Whittington, Art-o-Mat Creator and Founder of Artist in Cellophane
Art-o-mat began in 1997 as a conceptual artwork by Winston-Salem artist Clark Whittington, repurposing vintage cigarette machines to dispense works of art. Over the years, Art-o-mat has become a resident fixture in many art venues nationally and internationally, and the project has been recognized in shows at SECCA, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and through sprawling artist-collector networking events called art swaps. Machines have been installed in museums such as the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and at locations as far flung as Australia.
Learn more about Art-o-mat at www.artomat.org