Governors State University will host a presentation by Clark Whittington, the inventor of the Art-O-Mat, a quirky art vending machine concept. The event will take place on Tuesday, April 4, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in Sherman Hall, at the university’s main campus located at 1 University Parkway in University Park, IL.
Art-O-Mat is the invention of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, artist Clark Whittington. Whittington began the Art-O-Mat craze when he refurbished an antique cigarette machine to vend one-of-a-kind art pieces in 1997. The concept was an immediate hit, and Whittington’s Art-O-Mat machines have subsequently been featured on CBS, in Newsweek, the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, and Reader’s Digest.
Governors State University has been home to an Art-O-Mat since September of 2005. Similar machines are on display in the Chicago Cultural Center, New York’s Whitney Museum, and the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art.
Office of Public Affairs, "Governors State University to Host Art-O-Mat Inventor" (2006). Press Releases. 174.