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Alloy Pittsburgh

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Alloy Pittsburgh


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

Alloy Pittsburgh is a unique visual and performing arts initiative developed for the Carrie Blast Furnaces National Historic Landmark and administered by Rivers of Steel. Through Alloy Pittsburgh, Rivers of Steel seeks to examine the history, current condition and possible future of the Carrie Blast Furnaces without permanently transforming the characteristics of the site, while offering regional artists a unique exhibition opportunity and career-building experience. In 2020 Alloy Pittsburgh will reach beyond the walls of the Carrie Blast Furnaces to place resident artists in five neighboring communities of Braddock, Hazelwood, Homestead, Rankin and Swissvale, Pennsylvania.

Five visual and/or performing artists will be paired with partner organizations in each municipality for a three-month residency period during which time artistscan communicate, collaborate and connect with local residents to develop their final projects at the Carrie Blast Furnaces.

Selected artists will be provided with funding, publicity and support to develop temporary site-based artworks that will be presented to the public in an exhibition held at the Carrie Blast Furnaces site from August 29th to September 30th,2020.COMMUNITY RESIDENCY:Rivers of Steel is excited to partner with five local organizations as host sites for Alloy Pittsburgh 2020 community residencies.This year’s partner organizations will be announced, along with the selected artists following the notification deadline below.Each institution will work collaboratively with the Alloy Pittsburgh team to select and pair artists with the venue most suitable to their work. Host venues vary in their capacity to support certain types of creative work. While some may be suited for traditional”workshop” space, others may be more appropriate as visioning spaces suitable to fluid forms of creative exploration, performances and community forums. For this reason,host venues are not meant to replace an artist’s existing studio, but rather supplement their current work space with a location accessible to the community, wherein artists can deepen their relationship with both the host organization and local residents. Artists applying for Alloy Pittsburgh can stipulate the preferred type of residency work space but final decisions for artist placement will be made by the host organization and Alloy Pittsburgh project team.

A jury of project advisors and host community representatives will review all proposals and select artists for participation. Selected artists will receive a $3,600 artist fee to cover 15 hours/week of their time during the three-month community residency period, along with a $2,000 material stipend for the creation of the project. Proposals will be reviewed based on the clarity of the artist’s unique vision for the project, project feasibility, community involvement, and relevance to the Carrie Blast Furnaces. Special consideration will be given to artists whose work demonstrates previous success working within the community.Please note that we anticipate project proposals to change throughout the duration of the residency period and therefore all preliminary project proposals are not binding if selected for Alloy Pittsburgh. However the panel pays close attention to how each artist envisions their work unfolding and how they anticipate integrating their work with the community. All proposals should clearly demonstrate a non-permanent impact on the Carrie Furnace site. Although site specificity is key, artists must be flexible in their site preference at the Carrie Furnaces, as availability is dependent upon a number of feasibility issues that must be determined by the Rivers of Steel.

Alloy Pittsburgh is open to regional Pittsburgh artists and collaborative groups. Artists must live in one of the following southwestern Pennsylvania counties: Allegheny, Indiana, Butler, Westmoreland, Armstrong, Beaver, Lawrence, Washington, Fayette and Greene. Projects eligible for Alloy Pittsburgh may vary from traditional to non-traditional artistic mediums, including but not limited to new media, performance, sculpture, drawing, painting, photography and video. All works must be conceived specifically for the Carrie Furnaces site in collaboration with members from the host community,and must exist in some physical form throughout the full duration of the exhibition.