Art Drop is an attempt to rectify what we see as a lack of funding and encouragement towards the arts. Through the use of a vending machine as an art venue we aim to make quality pieces of art easily available to people whom otherwise would not have access to original artwork, and at the same time to raise money for an art scholarship that will encourage future artists in their endeavors.
Originally called the B-Machine, our vending machine has been used to distribute art for some time. However, in recent years it fell into disrepair. Shunted around the art department, unloved and nonfunctional, the machine seemed destine to die with a whimper. Then WWU photography professor Garth Amundson intervened. He enlisted his Professional Practices class and after months of work we can finally present Art Drop to the world.
Want to participate? Art Drop can’t continue without the contributions of artists like you. By donating artwork artists help to give back to the art community and also have the opportunity to use Art Drop as an easy means to get their names out there.
Some guidelines: Whatever work you create should follow common sense rules. Nothing that will break when dropped within the machine, nothing that will make a mess, nothing that will spoil or that includes illicit or illegal substances. If you are unsure if a product you want to create will be acceptable please don’t hesitate to contact the Art Drop team through the contact information at the bottom of this page.
- The final size of each piece should be no larger than three inches by four inches.
- We ask that you create no fewer than 11 similar items. Obviously, hand made art is never exactly the same twice, we know. Just do your best.
- Each item should be neatly packaged without any wires or fabric hanging loose. We often use simple ziplock bags, but a small box or cling wrap will do just as well.
- Your pieces have to have some weight to them. Think along the lines of the weight of a pack of cigarettes, or a pack of gum. Many artists have add heft to their work by packing it with cardboard, or even with small stones.
- Finally, we encourage you to sign your work, or to include a business card in each package. Though these pieces are small they are still legitimate creative works and you deserve credit for them!