"Kerplunking Culture since 1977" - the Art-O-Mat is the orginal art vending machine. The only Art-O-mat in Louisville is located in the lobby of The Kentucky Center, in the corner between the box office and The Kentucky Center bar.
Art-O-Mat machines are "rehabilitated" cigarette vending machines that have been coverted to vend single servings of original art. You put $5 into the machine, pull the knob below your selection, and walk away with the first piece in what I promise will soon be a growing collection of miniature masterpieces.
In this post, we wanted to introduce you to a sample of miniature prints from artist John Gall from Jamestown, NC. You can find out more about him and see additional samples of his work at http://www.johngallart.com.
The challenge for the artists is to create something "compelling" but no larger than a standard pack of cigarettes.
New shipments of inventory are received quarterly. Items run the gamut from woodcuts, jewelry, sculpture, miniature books, etc. The machine accepts $5 and $1 bills and coins. You can get change from The Kentucky Center box office during their normal operating hours.
Proceeds from the Art-O-Mat are divided between support of The Kentucky Center's statewide arts education programs and support of the national Art-O-Mat program. The Art-O-Mat program was founded (and is still managed by) Clark Whittington in Winston-Salem, N. C. Find out more at http://www.artomat.org/history.html.