Duke University Libraries

Duke Mobile Contest


Celebrate the exhibition at the Nasher Museum with a mobile-making contest!  Visit the exhibit ALEXANDER CALDER AND CONTEMPORARY ART: FORM, BALANCE, JOY on display at the Nasher Museum of Art from February 16-June 17, 2012,  become inspired, and build a mobile of your own to enter in the Lilly Library Mobile Madness contest at Duke University!

Lilly Library is sponsoring a mobile contest for students, staff and alumni of Duke University. Awards will be given for mobile entries in three categories:

  • most creative
  • most Duke 
  • most humorous

Each category will receive prizes for individual and group.  Mobiles may be made out of any materials (considering the weight limit below); the main requirement is that the mobiles must be hung. For inspiration visit images of Calder's mobiles on the Calder foundation website: http://calder.org/work/category/hangingmobile or on the Nasher Museum of Art's website: http://www.nasher.duke.edu/calder/images.php

Prize: $100 for individuals and $200 for groups

Due Date: March 15, 2012 


Deborah Jakubs, University Librarian & Vice Provost for Library Affairs

Sarah Schroth, Nancy Hanks Senior Curator, Nasher Museum of Art

Cameron Tripp, Duke University student



1. Size of mobiles: not to exceed  42” x 36” in size, and not to exceed 5 lbs in weight. 

2. Who may enter: any current students (graduate or undergraduate), alumni, or staff member of Duke University

3. Entries may be completed by an individual or by a group of people (at least one member of a group must be a Duke University student, staff, or alumni).

4. Entries must be received by a member of the Lilly Library staff by March 15, 2012, by 5:00 p.m.

5. All entries will be hung in Duke University Libraries from March 19 through April 27, 2012. 

6. Mobiles will be judged by March 21, 2012, all judges' decisions will be final.

7.  An awards ceremony will take place on March 28, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. in the Thomas Room, Lilly Library. Refreshments will be served.

8. For more information contact Lee Sorensen: lslilly@duke.edu