The State University of New York (SUNY) has introduced it's Art-O-Mat machine, in a northern New York first. The new amenity was placed in the University with the aim to help students, staff and the wider community with access to quick art to 'brighten' their days.
The Art-O-Mat project was funded by the Lougheed-Kofoed Festival of the Arts, and consists of a restored vintage cigarette machine that has been retrofitted to dispense a small array of art, poetry and jewellery from artists from around The United States.
The collection of artworks, including miniature sculptures, origami figurines and ornaments are sold for $5 a pop. There are currently 100 of these machines across the country, and Kathryn Deuel, overseer of the LoKo Festival, says the idea is to make supporting art as easy as buying a bottle of soda.
April Vasher-Dean, the director of The Art Museum at SUNY, was amazed to find that the Art-O-Mat needing restocking after just a week, with "Art flying off the shelves!"
Local artists have been encouraged to submit pieces of their art, with the aim to support as many artists as possible by stocking them in the Art-O-Mat machines, that are steadily being installed around the country.
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