On 11th October 2013, the Labirynt Gallery in Lublin hosted the 1st International Student Poster Biennale award gala. The event was organized by the Department of Arts at Maria Curie-Skłodowska University. Although there are various poster competitions, such as the most prestigious International Poster Biennale in Warsaw, organized for the first time in 1966, the 1st ISPB was exceptional, being aimed at young artists. It has drawn more than a thousand submissions from around 20 countries, which indicates the need for similar events. Apart from the works by Polish artists, other submissions included countries like Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, France, Iran, Japan, Latvia, Macao, Mexico, Germany, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Great Britain, Taiwan, Turkey, USA, Ukraine or Venezuela. Not only did the first edition of the competition turn out to be a reliable international review of young poster art, but it also made it possible to compare various ways of depicting reality and commenting on it. The artists used concise visual and verbal messages to communicate their multi-cultural perspectives.
200 works were qualified for the competition and shown at the accompanying exhibition. The exhibition, being distinctly varied, proved that poster art is still very much alive, even though advertising is nowadays dominated by television and the internet. Most works displayed high artistic value, intriguing ideas and strong messages. The subject matters of the posters were quite diversified, including film, music, theatre, exhibition or event poster. The artists also touched upon some major social problems. The exhibition of the participants' works was accompanied by the presentation of those by the jurors, widely known acclaimed poster artists. The jury included Leonard Konopelski, Lex Drewiński, Grzegorz Hańderek, Piotr Kunce, Lech Majewski and Eugeniusz Skorwider.
Katarzyna Okraszewska (Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw) was awarded with the Grand Prix for her work, titled The faces of racism revealed. The prize was founded by the Rector Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin. The poster was distinguished for its concise form and, at the same time, a strong, convincing message. On a blue background, the author presented two sheep, a white and a blue one, both with zippers in their fur. The symbol of a zipper referred to the proverb "wolf in sheep's clothing," being a warning against the concealed faces of racism.
The Biennale was taking place along with two other competitions, for a poster commemorating the 70th anniversary of Maria Curie-Skłodowska University and the 700th anniversary of Lublin's Charter.
The event was under the honorable patronage of the President of Lublin - Krzysztof Żuk, the Rector of Maria Curie-Skłodowska University - Professor Stanisław Michałowski, Poster Museum at Wilanów and the institutional patronage of Graphic Design Artists' Association (STGU).