By Katie Wietkamp/Managing editor

The Giles Gallery will host the Annual Art Student Association Juried Exhibition, a show featuring the work of Eastern students of the past year. The show runs from April 11-21 with a grand opening April 18.”Last year’s exhibit blew me away,” said Travis Townsend, director of ASA.”This show is better than some art school (exhibitions).”

He said the show is a mixture of all art forms taught at Eastern, including sculpture, metalsmithing, paintings, photography, printmaking, graphics and interior design.

Students applied through ASA and will be notified Friday of their acceptance. Townsend said a list will hang on the door of Campbell Room 113 in the afternoon listing whose work will be exhibited in the gallery.

Erika Strecker, a blacksmith and sculptor from Lexington, is jurying the show. She and a couple other artists from the area were chosen by Townsend as possible candidates. He presented the names to the students in ASA who voted and chose Strecker to jury the show.

“You get too close to the students and (their artwork),” said Esther Randall, Giles Gallery director. “And sometimes it surprises you what pieces are shown.”

She said having someone not affiliated with the university is good for the show because it gives students a chance to see what others think of their work.

Townsend and Randall agree the show is important to the community and art students because it gives them a chance to see what things look like in a professional setting.

“It may look one way sitting against the wall under florescent lights, but when you put it up and have proper lighting, it can look completely different,” Townsend said.

Students are also involved with setting up the exhibit. Townsend said the involvement teaches students how hard setting up a show can be.

“Maybe the next time they go to the gallery they’ll think about why Esther (Randall) hung something at a certain height, or how much time it took to put it together,” he said.

Also, it allows art students to go through the process of a juried show with a significantly lower cost.

“Some shows may cost $25, but this one is only $8 to enter,” Townsend said.

He said the show is to be a learning tool. This show is able to keep the entry fees low because the gallery is for educational use rather than professional. According to Townsend, this allows more freedom for students.

“We can put up more edgy artwork because we aren’t trying to sell it,” he said. “In other galleries they are trying to make a profit off their shows, but the Giles Gallery is more of a learning tool.”

Townsend and Randall hope the campus community will come out and support the art program and students.

Hours to the Giles Gallery vary, call 622-8135 for more information