Alloy Pittsburgh is a unique visual and performing arts project co-founded by Pittsburgh artists Sean Derry and Chris McGinnis. The project was developed in collaboration with the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area and the Kipp Gallery at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Alloy Pittsburgh offers 15 artists from the greater Pittsburgh region the opportunity to develop temporary site-based artworks for the Carrie Furnace National Historic Landmark.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Alloy PGH on NPR

Tune in to NPR next Thursday (8/27/15) at 5:45 and 7:45 AM

Ricardo Iamuuri Robinson will be on NPR to discuss his work in the Alloy Pittsburgh project, you don't want to miss this!

STEELFONICS is an installation that imagines a creative collective of black industrial steel workers whose contribution to the enormous expansion of the American steel industry has been all but invisible.  This exhibit bears witness to their legacy and hidden contribution to Pittsburgh's industrial past.

Check back here for audio content after the feature airs! 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Moving Targets: An Exhibition of Extinction and Survival

Moving Targets: An Exhibition of Extinction and Survival by artists Steffi Domike and Ann T. Rosenthal with Ruth Fauman-Fichman is returning to Pittsburgh August 29 - October 1, 2015 at Christine Frechard Gallery, 5871 Forbes Ave. PGH, 15217.

After the artists joined Project Passenger Pigeon to commemorate the 2014 centenary of the extinction of the species, they realized that this historical period held particular significance for their own families: The disappearance of the North American passenger pigeon roughly coincided with the arrivals of their forbears to the continent. 

Join the artists and authors for the exhibition opening and catalog release for Moving Targets, on Saturday August 29, 5-9 pm which will include new works drawing on the artists' three-year research and creative process. 

Additional Artists' Talk with Catalog Authors will take place Sunday, September 20, 4-5 pm. 

The Residency: Part Two


Artists returned to the furnaces on July 24 - 25 to further explore how they will connect with the environment and to gain insight from innovators who have done so already. Addy Smith-Reiman and Anna Johnson visited with Alloy PGH artists to discuss the ecology of the carrie furnaces. Addy is an artist and project manager for Riverlife with a focus on place-based projects that celebrate local identity, shared histories and future use. Anna is a post-doctoral candidate at Pitt whose research focuses on the ecology of urban vacant lands and the application of sustainable urban landscapes. 

Addy Smith-Reiman and Anna Johnson
Anna Johnson speaks in the Iron Garden Walk
Artists RIcardo Robinson, Sarika Goulatia, and Oreen Cohen continued to experiment with process and material studies on site at Carrie Furnace.

The day concluded with the Alloy PGH Meet and Greet at Unsmoke Systems. A special thanks goes to Jeb Feldman for hosting the event and Lena Loshonkohl for allowing us to share the space with her exhibition, "Other Books Other Worlds"

Homemade pizzas at the community pizza oven, Unsmoke Systems. 
Artist Rose Clancy speaks about her plans for Alloy PGH 2015. 
Visitors enjoying pizza after artist talks. 

Alloy Abroad: From PGH to LDN

Co-founder of Alloy Pittsburgh, Sean Derry, recently returned to Pittsburgh from an exciting trip to London, UK, where he presented at the Tenth International Conference on the Arts in Society, "The Work of Art in the Age of Networked Society." The Conference ran from July 22-24, 2015 at Imperial College London. Read the abstract from Sean's presentation here, and learn about the impact Alloy Pittsburgh is making on the world beyond the Monongahela shores. 

From Exhibition to Institution: Expanding Regional Vibrancy in Pittsburgh’s Monongahela River Valley

Many leading city planners and economists attest to the power of art as a force for promoting social progress and economic vitality.  When part of a wider initiative, community-driven arts programming can increase local pride, build strong relationships and encourage synergistic partnerships that contribute to meeting community needs.  In 2013 Pittsburgh based artists Sean Derry and Chris McGinnis partnered with the Rivers of Steel Heritage Area to produce Alloy Pittsburgh, a site-based project motivated by a sincere belief in the capacity of art to contribute to the revitalization of Pittsburgh Monongahela River Valley. The success of their inaugural project has enabled Derry and McGinnis to work with the Rivers of Steel Heritage Corporation on the development of a comprehensive arts programming initiative for the entire eight-county Rivers of Steel Heritage Area. Derry and McGinnis formalized their partnership with the Rivers of Steel under the new heading Alloy Arts, and embarked on a multi-faceted effort to build a sustainable arts program. This presentation will chronicle the creation of Alloy Arts  and the institutions experiences transitioning from a single community art project to a multi-faceted arts initiative offering contemporary art experiences throughout the Monongahela River Valley.

Sean Derry presents at Tenth International Conference of the Arts in Society.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

7/25 Meet and Greet!

Come join Alloy Pittsburgh at UnSmoke Systems this Saturday from 5:00 - 7:00 pm! 

Take the chance to chat with artists and hear about their ideas and plans for future installations at Carrie Furnace. If thats not enough, we will be cooking up free homemade pizza in the community pizza oven too!!

Join our event on facebook hereHope to see you there! 

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The Residency: Part One


The quest for artistic creation and innovation very rarely traverses a direct path. Exploration exists at the heart of the Alloy Pittsburgh on-site residency at Carrie Furnace and it happens through many varied experiences. During the past month the Alloy artists spent time forging pathways through the rich past and deep history of the built environment that they will adopt as their exhibition space in the months to come. 


Documentation is an essential part of process for many artists. The on-site residency provides a unique opportunity for artists to intimately explore the scale and surroundings of the site.

To gain a fuller understanding of historical and environmental context, Alloy artists listened to lectures presented by Edward Muller, professor of history and former director of the Urban Studies program at the University of Pittsburgh, and eco-artist Ann Rosenthal, whose research focuses on the intersection of art, industry and the environment. 

The rich history of the Carrie Furnace can be retold by those who experienced its previous purpose and power first hand. Jim Kapuska and Bill Sharky, former workers at the site, met with artists to resurrect the past sights, sounds, and smells now distant to the vacant grounds. 

Finally, through conversation and shared experience, the residency offers artists a chance to establish relationships and inspire one another. 

*A special thanks to Andrea Petrillo for all the photos! 

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Artist Talk with Ann Rosenthal

Join us for a free artist lecture led by Ann T. Rosenthal!

May 29th, 2015. 5:00-7:00pm
Free and Open to the Public

Ann Rosenthal will discuss critical analyses of western culture's disconnect from non-human nature and how environmental art has addressed the nature/culture split historically and in contemporary ecoart.

Ann Rosenthal brings to communities 30 years experience as an artist, educator, and writer. Her art installations address the local manifestation of global concerns, including climate change, food safety, and nuclear waste. Her work has been shown at the Andy Warhol Museum and the Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh; Exit Art and the Hudson River Museum in New York; the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education in Philadelphia; and Kunsthaus Kaufbeuren in Germany. For 2014, Ms. Rosenthal and collaborator Steffi Domike exhibited Moving Targets in the eastern U.S. This interdisciplinary art installation linked the artists’ shared cultural heritage and family migrations to the story of the American passenger pigeon for the centenary of the bird’s extinction (1914). Throughout 2014, Ms. Rosenthal led a coalition of environmental and arts institutions in Pittsburgh to promote a series of regional events for this anniversary.

Ms. Rosenthal’s essays and work on eco/community art have been published in several journals and anthologies, most recently in Regenerative Infrastructures (New York: Prestel, 2013); “Atomic Legacy Art” in the Women Environmental Artists Directory Magazine (September 2012) and the online, peer-reviewed Ecopsychology Journal (Winter 2012). 

She teaches foundations, art history, and environmental art courses in the region, and has developed several ecoart college-level courses, including an online graduate course, Introduction to Eco/Community Art, for Plymouth State University in New Hampshire. Ms. Rosenthal received her MFA from Carnegie Mellon University in 1999. She owns an industrial building in Pittsburgh where she directs LOCUS – a creative commons where art, community and ecology meet.

To learn more about Ann Rosenthal's work visit her website here: