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Karl Scmidt-Rottluff, "Else Weiske", 1914, woodcut, 4 x 5 in.


Ex LIBRIS Bookplate Competition

Call to Artists

While admiring a Book Plate designed by German Expressionist Bruecke artist Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Sharon Kopriva mentioned that it would be interesting to hold an exhibition of bookplates.


For five hundred years, numerous artists including Duerer, Chagall, Beardsley, and Kent have been commissioned to create Ex LIBRIS plates for various owners who treasured their books. We invite you to submit a design for our upcoming exhibition.



What: Original Ex LIBRIS design (one entry)

Size: Under 6 x 8 inches. Typical sizes are 3 x 4.25 inches.

Medium: Classical print making techniques include Intaglio, lithograph, serigraph, relief, wood and linocuts, collagraphs on paper.

Signature: Each piece shall be signed by the artist.

Design Motif: Open

Fee: No fee

Eligibility: All humans

Artist base: Global

Packing / Shipment to and from: By artist

Prizes: 1st: $1,000; 2nd $750; 3rd: $500

An exhibition of juror selected pieces will be held at Redbud Gallery in the spring of 2021.



Dr. Irene Guenther: Professor of 20th Century Cultural History, University of Houston Honors College.

Gus Kopriva: Print Collector / Owner Redbud Gallery



Entries due: November 1, 2020

Awardees announced: December 1, 2020

Exhibition opens: March 6, 2021

Work returned: March 30, 2021

To submit an entry, please visit:


Have a productive 2020 and stay safe.


Tanja Peterson, Director, Redbud Gallery

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