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3rd International Ex-libris Competition Istanbul 2010

from the press release

Istanbul Ex-libris Society, Feyziye Schools Foundation and Isik University are organising an international ex-libris competition open to artists and designers from all countries in order to bring together and evaluate the authentic ex-libris prints of highest aesthetic, artistic and technical quality, created as marks of ownership for books, to encourage the artists, and introduce the art of ex-libris to the general public to create endearment.


Article 1. Participants shall apply with at most 5 different works of art created between 2007 and 2010.   It is obligatory that three copies of each print be submitted, first of which shall be for Istanbul Ex-libris Museum, second for Feyziye Schools Foundation and third for the exhibitions.

Article 2. No limitation exists regarding the printmaking techniques. In addition to traditional printmaking techniques, photographic works or computer designs shall also be accepted on condition that all works of art should be multi-copied. Photocopies, drawings or sketches shall not be accepted.

Article 3. The works of art shall be designed as ex-libris, i. e. as small-format art graphics created to be pasted into books to identify the owner. The ex-libris shall include the words “Ex-libris”, “Exlibris”, “Ekslibris”, “Bookplate” or an equivalent (for example, “from the library of…”) together with the name of an alive person or an existing institution for whom or for which it has been created.

Article 4. Each print shall be signed or initialled by the artist. It is obligatory that the ex-libris bear legibly on the back of the print the artist’s name, the symbol of the technique used, the year of creation and the name of the owner. In case of the usage of a non-Latin alphabet, Latin alphabet version shall appear on the back of the print with the English translation where necessary.

Article 5. The supporting paper of the ex-libris must not be larger than 210 mm x 150 mm. The printed surface of the ex-libris should not exceed 130 mm x 130 mm. It should fit esthetically onto the paper. The ex-libris shall not be matted, nor shall be pasted to a cardboard or coloured paper.

Article 6. The deadline for submission is 23 April 2010, the stamped postal date being decisive. The ex-libris shall be posted in the safest manner to avoid any kind of damage.

Article 7. The address for correspondence is:

Prof. Hasip Pektas,
Isik University, Faculty of Fine Arts, Buyukdere Cad. 106 TR-34460 Istinye – Sariyer, Istanbul, Turkey.
Tel: +90 212 286 49 11, Fax: +90 212 276 96 49,
E-mail: hasipp@ttmail.com hpektas@gs.isikun.edu.tr
Information: www.istanbulekslibris.org, www.fisae.org

Article 8. Prizes:
First Prize (Feyziye Schools Foundation); 1500 USD.
Second Prize (Isik University); 1300 USD.
Third Prize (Istanbul Ex-libris Society); 1100 USD.
Special Prize (IMOGA); 1000 USD.
Special Prize (GMK); 1000 USD.
Special Prize (Besiktas Municipality); 500 USD.
Special Prize (Atelye Alaturka); 500 USD.
Special Prize (Lukas Hahnemühle); 500 USD.
Special Prize (Itameks); 500 USD.
Special Prize (Milk Ad Agency); 500 USD.
Special Prize (Emine Karaosman); 500 USD.
Special Prize (Johan Bosschem); 500 USD.
Special Prize (Devabil Kara); 500 USD.
Special Prize (Sukru Erturk); 500 USD.
Individuals and institutions are allowed to offer special prizes, which shall not be below 500 USD (= +- 400 Euro). The Jury shall also be competent to attribute Honourable Mentions to the ex-libris deserving honorary awards.

Article 9. The ex-libris shall be evaluated on the basis of their authenticity and originality, their artistic, technical and aesthetic merit, and the quality of the relation between the image and inscription in the composition.

Article 10. The Jury is composed of:
Yesim Demir, Graphic Designer, President of GMK – Turkey
Onnik Karanfilian, Ex-libris Artist – Bulgaria
Hasip Pektas, Ex-libris Artist, University Professor – Turkey
Heinrich R. Scheffer, Ex-libris Collector, President of OEG – Austria
Süleyman Saim Tekcan, Printmaking Artist, University Professor – Turkey

Article 11. A CD shall be prepared for the prizewinning and exhibited ex-libris.   The ones selected shall appear in the catalogue to be prepared and the creators of the ex-libris exhibited and catalogued shall receive a copy of the catalogue.

Article 12. Submissions shall not be returned. Istanbul Ex-libris Society is entitled to use the exhibited ex-libris in the web-site, CD, catalogue, journals and books.

Article 13. A selection of the best works of art shall be exhibited in Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir as of August 2010.

Article 14. Participating in the competition, the artist shall be considered to have accepted its terms and conditions, and agrees to abide by the decisions of the jury.

Article 15. Participants shall fill in the form given below and post it together with the works submitted.

Click here to download the FORM of International Ex-libris Competition
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