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Contact: Clark Whittington

Tel: 336-774-0717



First-ever book collaboration features original
artwork from 17 Art‑O‑Mat artists

After ten years of being distributed solely through vending machines via cramped, little boxes, Artists in Cellophane is Unpacked.

Unpacked: Art‑O‑Mat Outside the Box is a collection of original art, including lithographs, photography, assemblages, and paintings, by 17 leading Art‑O‑Mat artists. It is the first of several planned limited editions featuring works that move beyond the pack format required for vending.

The 5" x 8" book is being released on the 10th anniversary of Art‑O‑Mat/Artists in Cellophane (A.I.C.), which began a decade ago when cigarette machines were banned from public spaces. The refurbished machines now vend original artwork at 90 museums, galleries, and institutions around the world.

The idea for Unpacked was conceived by New York-based artist Herbert Hoover ( as an opportunity for Art‑O‑Mat artists to "break out of the box" with larger-sized work. The book was designed in spring of 2006 by Whittington, Hoover, and Art‑O‑Mat host Mark Robillard as a limited edition of 200 hand-made books. Each book features a metal post binding, distinctive rubber and masonite covers, and vellum slip sheets that describe each artists' work. Each copy is embossed with the A.I.C. seal for authenticity. The works can be non-destructively removed from the binding and individually framed.

Participating artists include Aaron Kraten, Bryan Valentine Thomas, Chad Wasser, Cristian Pietrapiana, David A. Franke, Guy Boutin, Herbert Hoover, Hieronymus, John D. Gall, Karman Rheault, Nell Steelman Whitlock, Pamela Matsuda-Dunn, Tiffany O'Brien, Took Gallagher, Woodie Anderson, Alyssa Salomon, and Clark Whittington.

The artwork featured in Unpacked can be viewed at The first edition is available for purchase from Artists in Cellophane for $300 plus shipping while supplies last.

Artists in Cellophone (A.I.C.) is an organization that converts outlawed cigarette machines into original art installations. Its machines can be found in almost 90 galleries, museums, and universities throughout the United States and around the world. Art‑O‑Mat is based on the concept of taking art and "repackaging" it to make it part of our daily lives. A.I.C. mission is to encourage art consumption by combining the worlds of art and commerce into an innovative form. What better way to do this then with a heavy cold steel machine?

For more information about Unpacked, or to schedule an interview with Clark Whittington, please call A.I.C. World Headquarters at 336-774-0717 or email

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Art‑O‑Mat® is a United States Federal Registered Trademark and a Canadian Registered Trademark for use in connection with original art vending machines. Art‑O‑Mat® is the exclusive property of AIC/AIC affiliates and may not be used without express written consent. AIC does not receive funding from (or have a working relationship/affiliation with) any corporation or group that is not specifically and prominently linked on

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