Alloy Pittsburgh is a unique visual and performing arts project co-founded in 2013 by Pittsburgh artists Sean Derry and Chris McGinnis. The project is a partnership between Rivers of Steel Arts and Kipp Gallery at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Every two years Alloy Pittsburgh invites proposals for a select group of artists from the greater Pittsburgh region to develop temporary site-based artworks at the Carrie Furnace National Historic Landmark. Derry and McGinnis hope to build upon Pittsburgh’s industrial legacy by formalizing an ongoing collaborative program that will foster new community partnerships, celebrate novel ways of reimagining familiar places, and advance the careers of artists from the region. The project promotes new relationships among existing community initiatives and offers a forum where artists and the general public come together to reimagine the built environment.
Alloy Pittsburgh Updates
Alloy Pittsburgh was co-founded by Sean Derry and Chris McGinnis and is a partnership with Kipp Gallery at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Sprowls Hall, Room 115
470 South Eleventh Street
Indiana, Pennsylvania 15705
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Alloy Pittsburgh was founded with the desire to cultivate ambitious projects that may not otherwise reach the public. The project particularly supports emerging artist and underrepresented voices from the Pittsburgh region. Eligible artists must reside in one of the following counties of southwestern Pennsylvania: Allegheny, Indiana, Butler, Westmoreland, Armstrong, Beaver, Lawrence, Washington, Fayette and Greene.
Alloy Pittsburgh is a special project. The Carrie Furnace National Historic Landmark is a special environment. Creating site-based artwork in such a sacred space the artist is bound to develop something exceptional. It was certainly an experience I will never forget. Alloy Pittsburgh staff honors and truly understands the process. I highly recommend Alloy Pittsburgh. It’s a wonderful project where interpretation is allowed to flourish.
Ricardo Iamuuri Robinson, Alloy Pittsburgh 2015
This was the first time I was able to connect my sculpture to a location that truly reflected the style in which I work. The completion of my residency with Alloy Pittsburgh has given me a better understanding of my history, a new network of like-minded artists, a stronger connection to community members and leaders, and a powerful experience that I can continue to build my artistic career upon.
Patrick Camut, Alloy Pittsburgh 2015
Cultivate ambitious projects that may not otherwise reach the public
- Support artists from the Mid-Atlantic Region
- Stimulate cross-media research by bringing together visual and performing artists
- Perform theoretical and applied research on new artist centered exhibition formats
- Provide a forum for investigating the creative reuse of post-industrial spaces
- Offer the public an innovative way to engage with Pittsburgh’s industrial history
As a newly arrived artist to Pittsburgh participating in Alloy Pittsburgh connected me to local artists and curators. From these initial interactions I have developed lasting professional relationships that have led to collaboration on other projects.
Edith Abeyta, Alloy Pittsburgh 2013