Bookmobile/Bibliobus Design Competition – Get onboard to Roatan Island!

National Design Competition – Calling all artists!
Winning artist joins our team for a trip to Roatan Island, Honduras!

The Nobelity Project is partnering with Sandcastle Library on Roatan Island, Honduras on a bookmobile program that will carry a world of learning to 14 fishing village schools and 3,500 students.
And we want the bookmobile to look fantastic too!

Submit your drawings, paintings or sculptures to be considered for one of three award categories:
Exterior Design, Innovation, and Young Artist Submission

Selected entries will be included in The Art of Moving Books Exhibit May 9-10, 2013 at Wardenclyffe Gallery in Austin, TX. Sales of the submissions will help fund the bookmobile project.

Bookmobile Exterior Design Award
We are seeking design submissions for the bookmobile exterior – a fun and fabulous paint job to reflect island culture, identify the bookmobile and create excitement in the kids of Roatan.
 Selected artist will join our team on a trip to Roatan, Honduras on May 11 – 15, 2013 to paint the bookmobile (working with a noted Roatan artist). The Nobelity Project provides airfare from the US, accommodations at the beautiful Blue Bahia Resort and a cash stipend for additional trip expenses. Artist must be 21 years of age or older and have a valid passport to make the trip.

The Art of Moving Books Innovative Design Award
A separate honor will be given for the most innovative design for moving books to under-served communities. Imagination is the only limit in this category! For example, in East Africa, camels have been equipped with book boxes to provide books to remote desert communities. Design submissions might include a pedaled, paddled or solar-powered vehicle.  The Art of Moving Books Award includes an honorarium of $250.

Young Artists Award
We are calling on students 18 and under to send us your paintings, pictures and poems about the “Art of Moving Books.”  Selected submissions will be included in a book that rides on the bookmobile. A selected design will be printed on the cover and artist will receive a copy.

Design Specs
The bookmobile will be a medium-sized school bus (see picture below). Artists with experience working on a large scale and/or vehicle design are highly encouraged to submit, but all ideas are welcome.
Click here for a blank template.

Submit your art to the competition

Submission deadline is April 17th – National Bookmobile Day.

There is no fee for entering but artists agree to donate their submission to help raise funds for operation of the bookmobile.

The Jury includes:
Turk Pipkin, founder of The Nobelity Project
Cam O’Brien, founder of Partners in Education – Roatan
Cameron Sinclair, founder of Architecture for Humanity
Karen Hawkins, Austin-based sculptor
Jacob Ehrenberg, Architecture for Humanity
Paul Miller (aka DJ Spooky), Artist in Residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Katie Rose Pipkin, artist and director of Wardenclyffe Gallery

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