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

Now in its fourth iteration, Alloy Pittsburgh returns 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. 

Don’t miss this highly anticipated community and site-based art exhibition!

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

Meet-the-Artists Happy Hours

Thursday, September 9 & 23, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.; $25 / person

Join Rivers of Steel and the artists of Alloy Pittsburgh 2021 for a special evening reception paired with an artist-led tour of the installations. Includes light refreshments and beverages. Two nights only; space is limited.

Meet the Artists

Alloy Pittsburgh 2021 Tours

Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays; $10 / person

Take a tour of Alloy Pittsburgh 2021 at the Carrie Blast Furnaces! This special version of the Arts & Grounds Tour is only available Fridays through Sundays, August 29 – September 26.

Your tour begins with walk through the Iron Garden, where you’ll learn about the ways Rivers of Steel interprets this historic site through a creative lens, from managing the ecology of the grounds to the various arts programs that activate the site—including Alloy Pittsburgh, of course!

This one-hour tour includes the Iron Garden, graffiti artworks in the Ore Yard, the renowned Carrie Deer sculpture, other metal arts sculptures, and current (and past) Alloy Pittsburgh installations.

Discover for yourself how a National Historic Landmark can be a way to understand the post-industrial communities of today—while also shining a light on what’s possible for the region’s future!

Take a Tour

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.