UF artists collaborate in new exhibit


Published: Thursday, July 12, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at 2:43 p.m.

Most of us, when we start a project, like to see it through to completion. It's a vision thing.

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Nicole Gugliotti, left, and Heather Reinblatt look over art as the “Trading Places” is set up at the Webber Center Gallery at the College of Central Florida in Ocala.

Alan Youngblood/Staff photographer

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Trading Places

Where: Webber Center Gallery, College of Central Florida, 3001 SW College Road, Ocala
When: Today through Sept. 1; gallery open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday
Cost: Free; for more information, 873-5809 or www.cf.edu

Imagine, then, someone else taking over one of your projects about midway through. With the possible exception of some do-it-yourself home improvement projects, it's likely your reaction to the final result would be: “Aaaaarrrrgggh! That's not what I had in mind, AT ALL!”

Yet, this is precisely an experiment earlier this year by a group of graduate ceramists from the University of Florida. Each of the 20 students began a high-art ceramics project, then midway turned it over to a studio mate to complete.

The ceramics collaborations in “Trading Places” go on display today at the College of Central Florida's Webber Center Gallery in Ocala. The exhibit runs through Sept. 1; an opening reception with some of the artists is at 4:30 p.m. today.

Nicole Gugliotti, one of the 20 participating UF artists, says the experimentation suggested by fellow grad student Marah Gaiti was “exacting and invigorating in a way. You really see the personal styles come through.”

Working side-by-side in the same studio, you'd think there'd be occasions of “Aah! You're ruining my work!” Didn't happen, Gugliotti says.

“We know each other's work pretty well,” she says. “Just being around each other we can figure what everyone else is doing.”

And they are, after all, graduate students in a highly ranked program; none other than U.S. News & World Report ranks UF No. 15 among graduate ceramics programs in the United States. And you thought the football team was good!

Not that their projects didn't change direction. The originator of the project did not brief the finisher on what he or she had in mind, Gugliotti says.

It's just the vision that changed.

For instance, her own biomorphic abstract pieces were assembled into a representative Florida orange grove by fellow student Jeffrey Sincich.

“That's very much his style,” she says. “He does a lot of Florida representation, Florida identity.”

Someone else created a series of iPhone casts, which were then “pushed together to create a figurine head,” Gugliotti adds.

Webber gallery director Michele Faulconer says she's excited to present this display.

“We haven't had ceramics in some time,” she says. “And this is not just pottery.”

Ceramics, Faulconer says, is one of the fine arts. Many CF art students “cycle into UF for their bachelor's degrees.”

And the UF pieces in this exhibit, she adds, “run the gamut of what people are doing with clay.

“It should be a nice show,” Faulconer says. “A lot of it is three-dimensional, which is different.”

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