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Art-o-mat® machines are retired cigarette vending machines that have been converted to vend art by North Carolina artist, Clark Whittington. There are over 100 active machines in various locations throughout the country and beyond. These machines offer a fun way to start or add to your art collection with unique pieces, all for just $5!

We invite you to come visit Baton Rouge Gallery and acquire new, original works of art with a $5 token through the Art-o-mat. You may walk away with a painting, sculpture, jewelry or something entirely different. With new art being added all the time, there's always something new for Art-o-mat collectors of all types.  

The Art-o-mat machine at Baton Rouge Gallery is currently one of two in Louisiana, and wasBRG Executive Director Jason Andreasen, Art-o-mat founder Clark Whittington, BRG Board Member Kitty Pheney and former Arts Council of G.B.R. CEO Eric Holowacz with the Art-o-mat commissioned by the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge specifically for us. The Arts Council worked in partnership with the BRG team to get it installed and then invited local artists to create new works for the 120 Art-o-mat machines around the U.S. and the world. The machine came stocked with several hundred works, by artists from around the world, and has work from 20 different artists at any given time.

Our goal is to encourage art collecting while also introducing Louisiana artists to join the network of 400+ artists creating pieces for the worldwide Art-o-Mat network.

ARTISTS: We are able to provide free prototype kits for anyone interested in submitting work for their consideration (these are available at BRG).

Clark Whittington is the founder of Art-o-mat, and has been growing this project over the last 15 years, from his studio in cigarette country, Winston-Salem, NC. You can find out more about the Art-o-mat project at