Snack Gallery (previously "Art Snack") is a refurbished snack vending machine that, instead of cheetos and snickers, sells art.
Every Snack is original, handmade, and under $20.
Snack Gallery’s mission is to encourage making and sharing high-quality, conceptual, funny, smart, socially active art that is affordable for both the artist and the consumer. Plus, how fun is it to buy something out of a vending machine??
Snacks include: prints, pins, cards, music, paintings, jewelry, zines, tarot, koozies, poetry, stickers, patches, shirts, abstract conceptual work, and so, so much more!
If you are interested in applying to be a Snack Artist, please fill out THIS FORM :)
The Way it Works
you PICK, you PAY, you PRESS! you SNACK!
The Snack Menu, available both online and at the machine itself, details the items for sale with artist information and descriptions of pieces. All items can be viewed through the glass front as well. And of course, part of the fun of Snack Gallery is waiting for your Snack to drop before tasting it for yourself!
Similar to a traditional gallery, Snack Gallery sells work on consignment. Unlike a traditional gallery, Snack Gallery only takes 30% of profits, while 70% goes directly to the artist.
Every item sold is under $20, with the majority under $10. Snack Gallery is a cash only machine, but don't worry! There are ATMs close by and delicious glasses of wine to help you break 20 dollar bills.
Every three months, a new rotation of art and artists are introduced, creating an ever changing, but always awesome, selection of Snacks.
As the project grows, more and more of the selections will be from local artists. Current Snack artists are hailing from California, Oregon, New Mexico, Arizona, and New York. The ultimate goal is to have Snack Galleries in many different cities so that each can feature local artists, musicians, makers, and thinkers.
While white-wall galleries and pastoral landscape paintings currently rule the Santa Barbara Art Culture, Snack Gallery is pushing to shift how, where, and for how much truly good art is bought and sold. Art doesn't have to be precious or expensive to be thought provoking and moving. Much of the most profound art comes in simple and small packages.
But Where Is It?
Muni is made up of an amazing group of people who make beautiful wines and bubbles. They support local artists and makers by regularly hosting workshops, events, and makers markets.
Muni is the perfect location to launch Snack Gallery due to its interest and support of local art. They have a consistent and reliable customer base who are always supportive of creative pursuits, as many of them are artists themselves.
DONATE NOW to help it all happen!
All the money you donate will be put exclusively towards getting Snack Gallery up and running.
These costs include: buying the refurbished vending machine (cost: $2,000), business start-up fees (cost: $800), printed materials and supplies (cost: $200), helping Snack Gallery to pay its first few months of rent, and to compensate those who have helped make this project possible. (Always pay your artists/designers/editors! Like Tate Larrick who made the amazing video!)
Featured in these photos are Art Snack Artists from around the country.
- Maddie Gordon
- Tosh Clements
- Tess Rubinstein
- Annie Swiderski
- Trevor Gordon
- Van Waring
- Jeff Manson
- Anastasia Greer
- Demi Boelsterli
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Risks and challenges
If you’ve ever bought a soda or bag of skittles from a vending machine, you know that they can be temperamental beasts. They also are surprisingly simple machines, with stable mechanics and easy programing. With the right care, snack machines are actually very efficient and reliable. Snack Gallery is an AMS 39-640 snack machine with Guaranteed Vend. This means that if the drop sensors do not detect a dropped item, it will not take your money.
While starting a small business is innately challenging, Snack Gallery's detailed plan, incredible location, low overhead, and self-sustaining nature set it up for great success. We've had overwhelming enthusiasm from local friends and artists to be involved with the ground-floor work and we just need a little help from you to get the machine!
Snack Gallery has an amazing team behind it. Including: Madi, designer and mastermind; Tosh, owner and manager of Breakfast Culture Club; Jenna, tasting room manager at Muni; and Vending World, a refurbished vending machine distributor based in the LA.
We are prepared, excited, and determined to create what we know will be a great success.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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