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5:44 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

New Art Distributor Arrives In St. Louis: A Repurposed Vintage Cigarette Dispenser

Lisa Anne Houdyshell, manager of Serendipity Gallery, with the newly arrived Art-o-mat.
(Courtesy Serendipity Gallery)

Fifteen years ago, Clark Whittington was searching for a way to make his art more sellable. Inspired by a co-worker, he came up with the idea of a vending machine dispensing art.

“I used to work at a company where a friend of mine had a Pavlovian reaction to snack wrappers. When he’d hear the crinkle of cellophane, he’d buy something for himself. So that gave me the idea to put art in a vending machine,” said Whittington.

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