IV International Exlibris Competition for young artists, 2018

Russian Ex libris Association (MSK), Ex libris Museum of MSK has the honour to invite you to participate in the Fourth International Ex libris Competition for Young Artists. The Competition will be hold from February 2017 to the 1-st of May 2018 under the auspices of FISAE. The Fourth International Ex libris Competition for Young Artists is an open Competition. Its purpose is to awake interest in ex libris and its traditional technique among students and young artists from high schools, colleges and universities.
The First, the Second and the Third International Students Exlibris Competition were hold in 2011, 2013 and 2015. As a result exhibitions were organized in St Petersburg (2011), Moscow (2013) and Vladimir (2015). Catalogues have been published.
Participants of these Competitions were students and young artists from more than 30 countries and 70 regions of Russia. The success of the competitions was large due to the support provided by FISAE, members of the FISAE board were also members of the international jury of this competition. In 2017, The International exlibris competition for young artists will be held again.


Works submitted for the Competition shall have the ex libris function, i.e. they shall include the words “EX LIBRIS” (or its substitute) integrally related to the composition field and dedication consisting of full first name and surname of the owner or name of institution. In case of initials or abbreviations, please provide their full versions on the ex libris reverse. The motif of the works is not limited. The topic is free!
The competition is open to works submitted by the authors from all nationalities. Participants should be aged from 16 till 26. The participation in the competition is free.
Techniques admitted
All graphic techniques are admitted. The works shall be created in the years 2015-2018.
Computer designed ex libris will be nominated separately and will get a special award.
Size of paper and printing
The paper used for printing must not be bigger than 210х290 mm
The printed part must not be bigger than 150x150 mm
Ex libris should not be framed as this will be done by the organizers.
Number of Ex Libris to be sent
Each participant may submit up to a maximum of six (6) different Ex Libris. Each Ex Libris must be sent with two (2) copies; each one must be signed or initialled by the artist. On the back of each Ex Libris, the following must be written in pencil: the title, the technique used, the year of execution, the measure of the print, full versions of initials or abbreviations used, the artist’s name and surname, and nationality (in English).
Participants of competition should send electronic versions of their works for edition of the catalogue (not less than 300DPI) (e-mail: knigoluby@mail.ru) and to fill the application form of the participant (in English), which may be downloaded from the Organizer`s website: www.knigoluby.ru
Ways of sending the Ex Libris
The Ex Libris must be sent inside a solid and waterproof package, with the words “DO NOT BEND” written on the envelope (or small package), by means of a registered letter or an insured letter. Inside the package, the application form must be enclosed, filled out in a readable way, and with the postal address and e-mail of the author together with a brief curriculum indicating education and professional training.
If the sending is done by means of a single shipment but containing the works of two or more artists, each participant must fill in and sign the attached application form, which implies the participation in the competition and the acceptance of the regulations.
Deadline for acceptance
The envelope containing the Ex Libris must be received no later than 1 Juni 2018. The works received after the designated deadline will not be considered for the Competition.
Delivery address
The shipment must be made to the following address:
Exlibris Museum
Pushechnaya ST. 7/5
Moscow, Russia,107031
Transfer of the rights to use the Ex Libris received
The material submitted for the contest will not be returned and will remain property of Moscow Exlibris Museum and International Union of Social Associations of Bibliophiles (MSK), which will be allowed to use them freely and without having to ask permission for its cultural activities.
By participating in the contest, the artist transfers all rights of publication and reproduction with traditional and multimedia techniques of the Ex Libris sent to Moscow Exlibris Museum and International Union of Social Associations of Bibliophiles (MSK), as well as the rights to use them for exhibitions.
Publication of the Ex Libris
The Ex Libris will be gathered in a catalogue containing the works by the prizewinning and selected artists as well as those awarded an Honourable Mention, except the nonselected and the excluded by the technical panel. The artists included in the publication will be given a free copy.
It will be given:
1. Three awards for successful execution of traditional technique.
  • First prize 500 euro
  • Second prize 300 euro
  • Third prize 200 euro

  • 2. Special award for designing Ex Libris on the topic: “Pushkin Ex Libris” (reflecting the works of Pushkin in Ex Libris) using traditional technique - 200 euro
    3. Award for computer design ex libris - 100 euro
    4. Special diplomas will be awarded 10 laureates of the contest.
    All winners will receive their awards personally, by post or bank accounts.
    More details can be found at www.knigoluby.ru