By Katie Weitkamp/Managing editor

Students graduating with a bachelor of fine art have a chance to show off right before graduation as the Spring 2004 BFA Show comes to the Giles Gallery in the Campbell Building.”This year we had to have two shows,” said Esther Randall, gallery director. “We wanted to be sure the students got enough room to really show their talent.”

Randall said a growing number of students in the BFA program sparked the second show.

The first show will open Sunday with an opening reception from 2-4 p.m. This show will feature five students: Derek Goodin, Glenna Martin, Char Arnett Howington, Lennon Michalski and Joey Marshall.

Goodin said his work would be mainly posters that blur the line of graphic design and fine art.

Although his favorite art style is illustration, Goodin is a graphic design major. He said his work questions the difference between fine art and graphic design.

Martin, also a graphic design major, said it will be her first time exhibiting in the Giles Gallery. Her piece in the show is an interactive movie she created with the Macromedia Flash computer program.

She also said a kiosk will be set up to show another computer-based piece.

The second show will start May 2 with an opening reception from 2-4 p.m. in the gallery. This show will feature six students including Nathan Bullock, Roger Taft, Karen Christner, Sara Graf and Aron Willenbrink.

Taft, who has been shown in the gallery several other times, said his favorite type of art is pop art.

“(Pop art) is not taken too seriously,” Taft said. “It’s not as refined as other art.”

He said the BFA program gives a sense of recognition for student artists when they are able to show their work in the gallery.

Graf said this will be her first work shown in the gallery. She will be showing a collection of holiday greeting cards.

The show is part of a mandatory class for BFA students. In this class students put together a project to be shown in the exhibition as well as learn how to put a show together.

“You learn how to hang things and set up lights,” Graf said.

Though many of the students have been involved with putting together other shows, they said the class is a way to learn through experience.

The Giles Gallery will close May 8. All shows and receptions are free and open to the public. Call 622-8135 for hours.

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