F.I.S.A.E. Fédération Internationale des Sociétés d'Amateurs d'Ex-libris
2nd International CGD (Computer Generated Design) Ex-libris Competition 2006
The International Federation of Ex-libris Societies, whose members are from Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia and Montenegro, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and the United States of America, has decided at its XXXth Congress in July 2004 to formally endorse the organising of this 2nd international competition of computer-generated ex-libris.
The 1th competition was an overwelming succes: 350 artists from 34 countries did send 1191 bookplates of excellent quality. Many young people have participated. The winners of this competition can been seen on
The computer, as an artist's creative tool, is steadily gaining ground. Images made using this technique however are sometimes considered of a lesser artistic and printing quality than that of traditionally-made graphic art prints, particularly in the small-format applied arts field of ex-libris. This competition is organised to give artists the possibility to show that digital technology can be used as brilliantly as the burin or engraving needle to produce 'art jewels on paper'. It will also enable them to demonstrate how classical techniques can be brought in to support digital technology.
The competition is open without restriction to artists and designers from all over the world.
No fee is required for participation.
There are no limitations as to the theme chosen for the ex-libris.
The works must be conceived as authentic ex-libris (bookplates), i. e. as small-format art graphics of the highest aesthetic, artistic and technical quality, made to be pasted into books and to identify their owner.
They should include, integrated within the image, the words "ex libris..." or an equivalent (for example, "From the library of...", "This book belongs to...", etc.), followed by the name of a living person or of a library of a currently existing institution by whom or by which it was commissioned, or to whom it is dedicated or for which it was made.
The ex-libris must have been designed and created with a predominant use of digital technology, although the printmaking process may have involved to some extent other graphic techniques.
They must be the work of the person submitting them; if several artists or technicians have cooperated in the creation of an ex-libris, the person submitting it must indicate who else was involved and how. They must be original prints, i.e. multiples printed from digital or combined matrixes on an adequate support, normally a high quality paper. Original sketches or drawings, as well as photocopies or xerographies, will not be accepted, nor will ex-libris be retained in which digital technology has only been used for reproductive purposes.
At most, each participating artist can submit five different ex-libris.
Five prints of each ex-libris submitted must be sent, of which three will be incorporated into museum / documentation centre collections, and two will be used for exhibition purposes.
Each print must be signed or initialled by the artist and must bear legibly on the back in pencil the artist's name, address, year of birth, nationality, the technique(s) used and the year of creation.
If the artist has not used Latin alphabet in the printed inscription, he is required to write a translation into English on the back of the print. Also, if for reasons of design he/she has exceptionally chosen to integrate into the image only the owner's initials, the artist must write the owner's full name on the back of the print.
Artists are also requested to send a .jpg file of each ex-libris submitted, by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
The printed surface of the ex-libris should not exceed 130 mm x 130 mm, and the support (paper) must not be larger than 297 mm x 210 mm (A4).
The deadline for submitting works is Thursday December 1st, 2005, the stamped postal date on the envelope being decisive. Artists are however requested to send material before mid-November 2005, whenever possible.
Material for the competition must be sent to the following address:
FISAE ex-libris competition
c/o Internationaal Exlibriscentrum
Zwijgershoek 14 B-9100 Sint-Niklaas, Belgium
Additional information can be obtained from:
Administrative and organisational:
Phone: +41 22 7590040 (English, French, Spanish, German, Italian)
Phone: +32 3 7772942 (Dutch, English, German)
Phone: +358-50-3676058 (Finnish, Swedish, English, Russian, German)
Phone: +32 9 3690263 (Dutch, French, English)
Phone: +34 93 4238787 (Spanish)
Phone: +90 312 2510356 (Turkish, English)
Phone: + 381 11 653243 (Serbian, Croat, Bulgarian, Russian)
General information about ex-libris, including links to other sites on this subject, as well as the competition rules can be found on the following sites:
and from there, to further links.
On www.karaart.com, a historical retrospective of ex-libris from 1470 until today can be seen.
The International Jury is composed of:
Martin R. Baeyens, artist and professor of graphic arts at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Ghent, Belgium.
Rastko Ciric, artist and head of the graphic arts department, Faculty of Applied Arts, University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia.
Catherine de Beukelaer, director Centre de la Gravure et de l'Image imprimée, La-Louvière, Belgium.
Benoît Junod, ex-libris collector, art and print critic and exhibition curator, Switzerland.
Claudine Karolyi, director Ex-libris collection at the National Library of Austria, Vienna, Austria.
Tony Oost, director of the Municipal Museums of the Town of Sint-Niklaas, Belgium
Francesc Orenes, artist, professor of graphic arts at the University of Barcelona, Spain
Hasip Pektas, artist, professor of graphic arts, Hacettepe University, Ankara Turkey
Olli Ylönen, journalist, professor of communication studies, Chairman of the Finnish Ex-libris Society.
The president of the jury is Tony Oost.
First Prize : Prize of the Ankara Ex-libris Society: 1500 EURO
Second Prize : Jean-Pierre de Smet Prize : 1000 EURO
Third Prize: Prize of the Town of Sint-Niklaas : 500 EURO
Fourth Prize: Prize of the Finnish Ex-libris Society : 500 EURO
Special Prize of the FINALE Foundation, Lausanne: 500 EURO for the best ex-libris on an erotic theme.
Individuals and Institutions will probably offer special prizes, which will be attributed by decision of the Jury.
The Jury will be competent also to attribute Honourable Mentions to ex-libris deserving honorary awards.
The jury reserves its right not to award certain prizes or certificates if there are not enough works submitted of sufficient quality.
The ex-libris received will be evaluated on the basis of their artistic and technical quality, as well as to their originality and merit as marks of possession integrating concept, image and text.
The jury will pay special attention to:
- the originality (i.e. made by the author) of the digital and other materials used in the design (images, fonts, etc.);
- the inventive use of digital technology and its possible blending with traditional graphics;
- the quality of the relation between image and inscription in the composition;
- the quality of printing and of the support.
The decision of the Jury will be final.
An extensive selection of the best works submitted will be exhibited in Sint Niklaas (Belgium) during March-June 2006, in Nyon (Switzerland) during the FISAE Congress in August 2006, and in Ankara (Turkey) in November 2006. A second set of prints will be used for parallell exhibitions in Barcelona and Lausanne (dates to be determined). The exhibition may be shown also in other major cities, if suitable venues are found.
An illustrated catalogue of the best ex-libris submitted for the competitions will be prepared and will be made available free of charge to artists whose ex-libris are illustrated therein. A contribution to postage fees may be requested.
For the catalogue, artists may be requested to send a high-resolution scan of certain works.
The catalogue will also be online, and will be made available as a CD Rom.
The safety of submissions during posting and delivery should be ensured, for example by registered post.
Materials sent for the competition will not be returned and will remain the property of the organisers. The organisers will have the right to publish all ex-libris submitted and use them in promotional and press contexts free of charge.
The results of the competitions will be sent for publication to all associations which are members of the Fédération Internationale des Sociétés d'Amateurs d'Ex-libris (FISAE).
Participants must fill in the form below and post it together with the works submitted, as well as a short CV or biographical data. Any information as to the person(s) or institution(s) for which the ex-libris were made will be much appreciated, as well as data regarding the choice of theme.
Participation in the competition implies unconditional acceptance of these rules.
2nd FISAE CGD Ex-libris Competition Participation Form in PDF
2nd FISAE CGD Ex-libris Competition Participation Form in DOC file