Found objects become heads and figures in Schmucker Art Gallery exhibition

Human-like heads and torsos sculpted from small appliances, old leather satchels, and other cast-off items will be exhibited at Gettysburg College's Schmucker Art Gallery from Friday, Jan. 28, through March 11.

To create his work, artist Ronald Gonzalez combines found objects, from rubber flippers to an accordion, manipulating some items and leaving others intact. The exhibition's title is "Ronald Gonzalez: Private Collection."

Gonzalez will give a talk at the gallery Jan. 28 at 4 p.m., followed by a reception until 7 p.m. Admission to all gallery events is free and open to the public. The fully accessible gallery is on the main floor of Schmucker Hall, at North Washington and Water streets. The main entrance is on the building's west side, facing away from the street. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Gonzalez, who lives in his native Binghamton, N.Y., received his B.A. in 1982 from the State University of New York, where he has taught sculpture since 1999. He has also taught as an artist in residence at Cornell University and the University of North Carolina as well as residencies at YADDO, Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Sculpture Space of Utica, N.Y., and the John Michael Kohler Art Center. He received grants from the Pollock Krasner Foundation, The Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Foundation Fellowship, NYSCA and NYFA.