What is Art*o*mat®?

What is Art*o*mat®? Created by Clark Whittington in 1997, Art*o*mat® machines are retired cigarette machines that have been converted to VEND ART! For only $5 you can collect paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography, jewelry, glass, mixed media and more -all the size of a pack of cigarettes. There are over 100 active machines in various locations throughout the country. Victoria Brown (that's me), and El Centro de Santa Fe are proud to host the first machine in New Mexico which debuted in February 2013. There are now machines in the Range Cafe in Bernalillo, the Standard Diner in Albuquerque, in the Meow Wolf Art Complex in Santa Fe, the Inn of the Governors in Santa Fe, and in Caffe Greco on Canyon Road in Santa Fe.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

New Art*o*mat® Machine Update

Hieronymus has created a masterpiece!

Greetings Art*o*mat Friends and Fans!

I have some lovely news to share: This Art*o*mat® by painter, Hieronymus, is finished and on its way to New Mexico! Hieronymus (Hiero) is a graffiti artist and this is his interpretation of Art*o*mat® -what a colorful result! I cannot wait to see it in person. It will be installed in Albuquerque at the Range Cafe (Rio Grande location) at 1050 Rio Grande Blvd. NW soon. Stay tuned for details.

Art*o*mat® in progress: painter Jennifer O'Kelley has captured ABQ's Sandia Peak in the background of this hot air balloon themed machine to be installed in the Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum.
Also, painter Jennifer O'Kelly is hard at work on the 20 column Art*o*mat® that will be installed in the Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum in a few months' time. I'm really excited about how very Albuquerque this machine is going to be. You can already see the outline in the background of Sandia Peak -the mountain that frames the city and gives it its very special hot air ballooning phenomenon, The Albuquerque Box.

And finally, ArtOMatNM now has its own local Facebook and Instagram in addition to artomat.org's national pages. Get social and share some pics, ideas, likes, bleeps, bloops, and interwebz stuff with me!

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Coming in 2018: My Art*o*mat Family Grows by 2

This 20 column cigarette machine from the 60's will soon become an Art*o*mat®

Greetings and Happy Spring Art*o*mat® fans and friends!
I have exciting news to share:  In 2018 I will have two more "members" added to my "Family" of Art*o*mat® machines here in northern New Mexico. I am pleased to report that Albuquerque will be home to both of these machines: one will go to the Range Cafe (Rio Grande Blvd.) restaurant and the other (pictured above) will go to the Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum.

Installation dates for the new machines are undetermined but they will be here in time for Balloon Fiesta (October 6-14). Artist Jennifer O'Kelly has begun work on the Art*o*mat® for the Balloon Museum and it will be covered with her whimsical hot air balloon paintings.

The Art*o*mat® for the Range Cafe Rio Grande Blvd. location has been worked on by painter Hieronymus and he's created an amazing-looking Art*o*mat® in his graffiti style.

Until then... Art*o*mat® is seeking NEW ARTISTS. If you or someone you know is interested in creating art for these repurposed cigarette-machine-turned-mini-art-galleries please visit the Artists' Submission Page at artomat.org and learn how you can market your art by becoming an Art*o*mat® artist.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year From Your Local Art*o*mat® Host

Dear Fans and Friends,
Wishing you a Happy New Year and a great 2018!
I've taken a few pieces from my latest shipment of Art*o*mat® art from Artists in Cellophane and a few from my permanent collection and arranged them in a 2018 sign on my flagstone porch in the gorgeous New Mexico winter sunshine. What better way to ring in the new year! Thanks to all the artists** who make such wonderful works of pocket-sized art.

I am really looking forward 2018. I've been enjoying success and buzz from my 6 machines in Santa Fe, Bernalillo, and Albuquerque since I began this crazy journey here in 2013 and though I can't reveal any details yet I can say that there are some exciting new developments coming this year on the Art*o*mat® front in New Mexico. Stay tuned for announcements....

Until then: be safe, be happy, and most of all, "Don't Go 'Round Artless!"


**Artists in Cellophane works shown (in no particular order):
Clark Whittington, Chad Beroth, Jeny Callender, Justin Vasey, Jeannie Massey, Dior Brown, Debbie Lewis, J. Elder Art, Andy Brzeczek, Marie Kensic, Emily Long, Harold Garrison, Jody Lewis, Paula Griffin, Debbie Page Harris, Dennis Wells, Nell Whitlock, Colleen Woodward, Beatriz Portela, Paige Matlock

Sunday, November 12, 2017

They Featured My Brochure in This Cool Article

Why the Art-o-mat Vending Machine Is My Kind of Art Gallery by Lisa Tate
How thrilled was I to wake up today and find this cool article by an "Artist in Cellophane" (that's the name for all of the Art*o*mat® artists throughout the world)? Let's say really really thrilled. The El Paso artist, Lisa Tate, wrote the article, Why the Art-o-mat Vending Machine Is My Kind of Art Gallery, for GeekDad.com.

She writes about becoming an "Artist in Cellophane" and about how excited she was to find out that her art was sold in the machine inside the famous Meow Wolf right here in Santa Fe. I can't help but be excited that she used MY Art*o*mat® brochure as a backdrop for a photo displaying her collection of artwork she purchased. See her "nose cone" art below that can be and have been available in all 6 of my machines. Thank you so much, Lisa!
Lisa Tate's paintings of vintage nose cone art -you know, the kind painted on fighter planes in WWII to intimidate and strike fear into the heart of the enemy! Paintings on wood blocks.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Happy Birthday to Art*o*mat®! 20 Years Old!

Congratulations to Art*o*mat® for an awesome 20 years! Check out the retrospective at secca.org!

Art*o*mat® artists come from near and far to the Swap Meet Saturday June 10 at SECCA in Winston-Salem, NC.
If you know all about Art*o*mat® or are just learning about these amazing self-contained art galleries made from vintage cigarette machines you'll be excited to know that this year marks 20 whole years from the beginning of the awesome program with a nugget of an idea from even more awesome artist, creator, and owner, Clark Whittington


The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is having a 20 year retrospective show all about Clark and his masterful creations. The show will feature many of the first, flashiest, and funkiest Art*o*mat® machines and artwork including limited editions. There will be a special Swap Meet with original Art*o*mat® artists' work on June 10th. The public is welcome to come look and (of course) buy ...and that's great news if you happen to be in North Carolina this weekend. I'll be too busy here in Santa Fe with this weekend's fundraisers my other job, ARTsmart New Mexico, is holding: "Behind the Woman in Gold" Featuring Peter Altmann at the Lensic Performing Arts Center on June 8th and ARTsmart's Edible Art Tour on June 9-10. Lots of great stuff going on this weekend for lots of really cool and positive things -and that's good to hear these days! I wish everyone a great weekend, I wish the happiest of birthday's to Art*o*mat®, and I want to thank all of you fans and friends for supporting Art*o*mat® here in Santa Fe. Congratulations, Clark!

Friday, February 3, 2017

Meow Wolf reopens! Art*o*mat's placement, new stuff!

This Art*o*mat®, "Dias de los MATos," is placed prominently near the new exit doors.

View of Art*o*mat® in the newly expanded gift shop/bar/cafe area.

New tables and chairs in Meow Wolf's bar/cafe area.
Panorama view of Meow Wolf's bar/cafe and newly expanded gift shop

Meow Wolf has reopened after their 2 week hiatus. The Meow Wolfers have worked tirelessly to expand the gift shop and bar/cafe area as well as make some great new changes to the House of Eternal Return.  I haven't gone into the depths of the exhibit to see for myself yet but here is a list of some of the changes we can all look forward to:
1. Selig House Formations
2. The Light Organ
3. The Infinity Spa
4. The Laundry Room Vortex
5. Saloon Closet Zoetrope
6. Crystal Grotto
7. Beam Space Balcony
8. Glitch Beach LED Panel
9. The Techno Room
10. Phosphor Booth
11. The Wilderness
The Infinity Spa "the spa you never leave" new at Meow Wolf

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Hey Artists: Art*o*mat® Wants YOU!

2017 Greetings to all my Art*o*mat® friends and fans! Art*o*mat® is reaching out to all of its artists for more work and for new artists that have been interested in making cigarette box-sized art, NOW is a great time to start! For info on how to submit your artwork CLICK HERE.

Why should artists make work for Art*o*mat®? It's a great marketing opportunity! Get samples of your art to people who buy from machines all over the U.S. (plus 2 Australian machines and 1 in Europe).  You can put contact/website info on the art pieces (eg: "Like this? See my real artwork at www.yourartwebsite.com") so it is essentially a business card that people buy!
-you get $2.50 per piece, paid quarterly, on commission
-make your own blocks/boxes or buy them from Art*o*mat®
-get your art seen all over the country!

I hope some of you are inspired to give it a try! We really need more New Mexican artists to participate since we now have 7 machines in Santa Fe and Albuquerque. I'm happy to answer any questions and give tips to interested artists. Email me, Victoria, at brown_v_r@yahoo.com