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Iridescent Landscapes: Selections from the Ira Winarsky Collection

  • Date & Time
    • Wednesday, March 30, 2016 12:00am — through
      Friday, September 30, 2016 12:00am

      The Gary R. Libby Gallery is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and is closed weekends and holidays.

  • Cost
    • Free
  • Description

    University Galleries at the University of Florida (UF) is pleased to present Iridescence: Selections from the Ira Winarsky Collectionin Grinter Gallery located on UF’s campus March 30 through September 30, 2016. There will be an opening reception on April 1 from 7-9pm in the lobby of Grinter Hall.

    Ira Winarsky was a Professor Emeritus from the University of Florida. He received his Masters of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art. His ceramic art has appeared in numerous magazines including Ceramics Monthly, Ceramics Art and Perception, and New Ceramics. His art has also been shown in numerous solo shows in galleries and museums.

    The iridescent ceramic glazes used on his ceramic art have historically been considered a type of alchemy, and the formula for making them has been kept secret for centuries. The alchemists and artists using these glazes never disclosed how they made them, and they died with their secrets.

    Winarsky’s passion was to discover these secrets and use them to create new glazes for his art. He researched the basic chemistry of glazes and metals and the physics of light to create glazes that acted as thin prisms to reflect and refract light and create the different colors. After twenty years of research, Winarsky created hundreds of colors as the result of over 3000 glaze tests and 300 glaze firings.

    The landscapes and works featured in this show offer a broad range of forms united by their iridescent glaze. Winarsky believed that regardless of form, all of his works displayed an intimacy and sensuality as a result of his belief that, “by getting closer to expressing the epitome of myself, my humanity, the closer I get to expressing universal concepts inherent in all humanity.”   

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    Gallery Location

    Grinter Gallery is located on the first floor of Grinter Hall on the east side of the University of Florida campus, just east of University Auditorium.


    Daytime parking is available in reserved spaces between Fine Arts Building C (FAC) and Inner Road. From SW 13th Street, enter campus on Museum Drive. Turn right on Newell Drive, then right on Inner Road. Turn left into the parking lot behind FAC. The first three spaces on the left are reserved for gallery use. Parking permits are issued to gallery visitors in the University Gallery.

    For More Information

    Call University Gallery at (352) 273-3000. 

  • Venue
    Grinter Gallery
    1523 Union Road
    Grinter Gallery Website