Logo calligraphy by Joke van den Brandt

ASBC&D Centennial Celebration and FISAE XXXIX

“Bookplates By The Bay”

Jack London Square * San Francisco Bay * September 2022

We Take Great Pleasure in Announcing the San Francisco Bay Area’s

“Open” Ex Libris Bookplate Design Competition & Exhibition

American Society of Bookplate Collectors & Designers (ASBC&D) and Fédération

Internationale des Sociétés d’Amateurs d’Ex Libris (FISAE)

Cash Awards funded by the Keith Wingrove Memorial Trust, Melbourne, Australia

Logo calligraphy by Joke van den Brandt

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The Keith Wingrove Memorial Trust of Melbourne, Australia, XXXIX FISAE Global Congress, and the American Society of Bookplate Collectors & Designers (ASBC&D) take pleasure in announcing the “Open” Ex Libris Bookplate Design Competition & Exhibition for 2022!

We hope that you are healthy & safe! The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives in 2020. Printmakers around the world are now invited to participate in our new competition.  

We invite the finest artists & printmakers on this planet to submit entries for our Centennial Celebration and XXXIX FISAE World Congress Competition and Exhibition. The ASBC&D will host the Congress at Jack London Square on San Francisco Bay, in Oakland, California. The juried exhibition will open at the American Bookbinders Museum in San Francisco. In addition to online exhibitions it will go on-the-road to visit museums and libraries across the USA. 

Please note the “open” competition invitation is for the congress exhibition of contemporary world ex libris.  Outstanding ex libris prints created between 2020-2022 are welcome! Our focus is on the book arts — books, book piles, bookplates, libraries, printing presses, papermaking, and bookbinding. A favorite author, book collecting interest, or Jack London. Jack London was a popular American novelist who had a short, but colorful life — he lived from 1876-1916 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_London). San Francisco and our Centennial Celebration will be of special interest too. 

Competition Rules

1.- The Competition is open to all artists.  Participation is free of charge. Please include your email address and physical mailing address. Please send scans (300+ d.p.i. – “jpg” is preferable) of your entries that will be used in our publications.  Send your bookplate scans, CV, personal statement, photo portrait to this email address info@bookplate.org ~ OR ~ info@bookplate2022.org.   The original prints should be sent to the address below. We may use this information in future publications and on our website.

2.- Only entries made utilizing techniques approved by FISAE for original graphic art prints will be accepted for the Competition. In other words, just about any printmaking technique imaginable!

3.- The Ex Libris entries will have the following characteristics: Your bookplate must be designed between 2020-2022.

  • The only requirement is that your bookplate entries must fit inside a book. Of course, the name of the book owner must be included. Also the words Ex Libris or The Books Of or The Library Of plus the owner’s name. There is some flexibility on the dimensions as we understand books come in many sizes. If you have questions, please write.
  • No indications or markings of other competitions must be present.
  • The following must be written in pencil on the reverse side: surname, first name, email, and the address of the artist.  The dimensions of the image area and technique used.
  • Written in pencil in the lower margin under the image on the front of your print(s), please include the edition title, number, date, and your initials, signature, and/or trademark (stamp).

Please note the “open” competition invitation is for the congress exhibition of contemporary world ex libris.  Outstanding ex libris prints created between 2020-2022 are welcome! Our focus is on the book arts — books, book piles, bookplates, libraries, printing presses, papermaking, and bookbinding. A favorite author, book collecting interest, or Jack London. Jack London was a popular American novelist who had a short, but colorful life — he lived from 1876-1916 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_London). San Francisco and our Centennial Celebration will be of special interest too. 

Each artist may submit a maximum of five entries, each of which must have at least five (5) signed copies.  Four copies will be held in the ASBC&D library collection and used for exhibitions & publications. One will be in the collection of Keith Wingrove Memorial Trust of the Australian Bookplate Society, Melbourne, Australia.  The exhibitions will present the artists’ ex libris prints to a wide ranging international audience.

All Ex Libris prints submitted will be used for exhibition(s), for publication by the ASBC&D, and our member institutions. Simultaneously, we are planning a travelling exhibition in the USA 2022 that will begin with the exhibition at FISAE: San Francisco 2022.  Entries will not be returned.

The Keith Wingrove Memorial Trust has designated prizes to be announced shortly.  The entries, once accepted by the Jury, will be selected for publication in the Exhibition Catalog.

The winners will be announced at the XXXIX FISAE Congress at San Francisco in September 2022 and prizes awarded at this time. Until this day all the artists will be strictly forbidden to publish or post on the web or social networks the works sent for the competition, under the penalty of being excluded from the competition.

The bookplate entries must be sent via Registered Mail or Priority Mail (with tracking) by 15 April 2022 to the following address. Entries must be “postmarked” by April 15th, 2022:

Regular Mail: 

Bookplates By The Bay,  P.O. Box 14964,  Tucson,  AZ,  USA,  85732-4964

If you choose to use a “private” mail service like DHL, FEDEX, UPS, or Airborne, please use this address:  

Bookplates By The Bay , 255 North Rosemont Blvd, Suite 14964, Tucson, Arizona, USA 85711

At least 100 works will be reproduced in the catalog.  All artists will receive an electronic file with the works admitted to the competition.

Participation in the Competition implies full acceptance of the above rules.

For further information, please contact:  info@bookplate2022.org