Alloy Pittsburgh 2021

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About Alloy Pittsburgh 2021

Alloy Pittsburgh was conceived in 2013 as a laboratory for artists to investigate the Carrie Blast Furnaces and respond through the creation of temporary site-based artworks that are installed at the National Historic Landmark.

In 2021, for its fourth iteration, Rivers of Steel and the Alloy Pittsburgh team are excited to unveil a new programmatic structure, developed in partnership with five dedicated community organizations—designed to more intentionally connect the 2021 artist cohort with local residents through an artist-in-residence program.

Alloy Pittsburgh 2021 opens to the public on Saturday, August 28th, 2021. Neighborhood partners include Braddock Carnegie Library Association in Braddock, The Dragon’s Den in Homestead, Rankin Christian Center in Rankin, Three Rivers Village School in Hazelwood, and the Wilkins School Community Center in Swissvale. Additionally, Rivers of Steel hosted an artist at the Carrie Blast Furnaces. To help inform their site-specific installations, each artist was in residence for three months to connect with community members before the installation of the works at the Carrie Furnaces.

The Covid-19 pandemic continues to be a top concern for Rivers of Steel staff, as well as its Alloy Pittsburgh artists and partner organizations.  Every effort is being made to ensure this year’s project adheres to the protocol outlined in our Covid-19 policy, while also maintaining the high degree of artistic excellence for which Alloy Pittsburgh is known.

Images from Alloy Pittsburgh 2021.

Events & Tours

During its fourth iteration, Alloy Pittsburgh returned to reimagine the future of the Carrie Blast Furnaces. Inspired by its legacy and the people of the Mon Valley communities that surround the historic landmark today, artists Darnell Chambers, Reba Harmon, Lori Hepner, Sandy Kessler Kaminski, Jan Loney, and Bradford Mumpower created brand new site-based artworks. 

The exhibition included public tours offered each Friday through Sunday, along with two meet-the-artists happy hour events. 

Reba Harmon’s discusses her work Sheryl with visitors during the opening reception.

Community Partners

Hosting Darnell Chambers

Three Rivers
Village School

Hosting Reba Harmon

Hosting Sandy Kessler Kaminski

Hosting Jan Loney

Hosting Bradford Mumpower

Previous Alloy Pittsburgh Exhibitions

September 28 – October 26, 2013

September 26 – October 31, 2015

August 25 – September 29, 2018

Support for Alloy Pittsburgh

Alloy Pittsburgh 2021 is made possible with generous support from the Fine Foundation,

The National Endowment for the Arts and the following sponsors:

Learn more about the events

such as tours, workshops, and festivals happening at each unique attraction.