People in Industry—The Art of Jeannie McGuire


On view May 6 through June 17, 2023

An Exhibition of People in Industry during the Early- to Mid-20th Century

As an artist, Jeannie McGuire desires to bring situations close to the viewer for a personal connection—to portray the sound in a crowded bar, the suspense of an investigation, energy, movement, and a sense of a time and place. Using watercolor pigments and graphite on paper, this exhibition depicts people in the context of southwestern Pennsylvania industry.

When Jeannie McGuire went to art school in the 1970s, Pittsburgh’s steel industry still had a presence, although the vibrancy of its mid-century peak was dwindling. One morning, during her daily commute walking across town, she was particularly taken by a scene that brought her a new view of life. A triangle-shaped bar with doors open on both ends allowed for a full view of the occupants standing shoulder to shoulder along the bar—smoke, alcohol, and voices wafted in the dewy morning air. That scene was the start of Jeannie McGuire’s journey into creating stories of people through her artwork, and why she selected a bar scene from the Rivers of Steel archives as inspiration for one featured works in this exhibition.

Comprised of images of the steel industry, ironworkers, machinists and miners, the paintings in this show used archival photos courtesy of Rivers of Steel as reference, along with other images sourced from friends and flea market finds. Installed at the historic Pump House, which was once part of the U.S. Steel Homestead Steel Works, this raw industrial space is a fitting environment, both in character and in history, for displaying these expressive paintings depicting people within southwestern Pennsylvania industry.

Exhibition events include an opening reception on May 6, open studio hours on select Wednesdays, and a weeklong workshop from Monday, May 22 through Friday, May 26, 2023.

A watercolor in yellows, browns and blacks depicting a man with his shoulder back, hand on hip, directly engaging with the viewer. He is wearing a wide-brim hat, a suit coat with a white collar and tie visible beneath a sweater.

About Jeannie McGuire

Jeannie McGuire, an American figurative artist, strives to invoke individual interpretation through her artwork, which impressively utilizes a free application of paint and stylistic forms of expression.

McGuire uses her own photography, acquired snapshots, and life drawings to spark her creativity. Sensitive to human thought and behavior, her impressions from literature, film and real life situations often emerge. Her work has been described an artistic combination of emotion, movement and natural design, artistry that has been expanded upon from her days as a commercial graphic designer and photographer.

Impressionistic in nature with an identifiable subject, her strong, figurative approaches offer a unique perspective. Her works have been displayed and awarded on an international level, including invitational exhibitions in the USA, China, France, and Italy, in addition to being featured in articles in numerous national and international art magazines.

McGuire further dedicates herself to her craft by instructing figurative design watercolor workshops in an effort to encourage fellow artists. Professional organizations include the American Watercolor Society, Pittsburgh Watercolor Society, and various small groups of collaborative artists.

Hours & Admission*

This exhibition is viewable during open studio hours at the Pump House listed below, in addition to the opening reception on May 6, 2023.

Wednesday, May 10, 17, 31 & June 7, 2023, 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, June 14, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

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Opening Reception 

Saturday, May 6, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.


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Open Studio Hours 

Register in advance or drop in during open studio hours.

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Figurative Design in Industry Workshop

Monday, May 22 through Friday, May 26, 2023


Location & Directions

The Pump House is located at 880 E. Waterfront Drive, Munhall PA 15120, in what is now the Waterfront retail and residential complex.

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What to Know Before You Go

  • Restrooms: Restrooms are located in the Water Tower.
  • Photography: Photography is permitted.
  • Parking: Parking is available directly in front of the building.
  • Accessibility: The Pump House is wheelchair accessible. Handicapped parking is available.
  • COVID-19 Policies: Please be advised of our current COVID-19 policies.
  • Admission: Site access is limited to designated exhibition area during the listed open house hours, along with the listed opening reception time and workshop times.
  • Location: The Pump House is located at 880 E. Waterfront Drive, Munhall PA 15120, in what is now the Waterfront retail and residential complex.

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