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.

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:

Thursday, May 21, 2015

2015 Participating Artists: Dan Ivec & Nick G. Liadis

The final artists on our 2015 line-up have joined forces and talents. Read here about Dan Ivek and Nick Liadis' joint practice, as well as information on their individual careers below! 

An architect and instructor by profession (Liadis) and a published novelist and visual artist (Ivec),we come from unique arts backgrounds and share an interest in drawing, music, and a diversity of forms. Realizing a mutual interest in the fantastic and in the imagining of landscape, we began meeting and elaborating exquisite corpse drawings of buildings and cities. Our practice has expanded and now involves a horde of exercises with which we brainstorm architecture and then imagine the mental life and society of the occupants. For example, we improvise and narrate scenarios which the other artist must then sketch concurrently. 

Dan Ivek, Conceptual Sketch, 2015

Dan Ivek

Hometown: Cleveland OH, and Chicago IL
Current Location/ Neighborhood: Bloomfield
Influential or Favorite Regional Artists: Hatch Arts Collective 

Artist Statement
I rely upon many mediums - writing, illustration, and voice - in an attempt to make and explain new worlds in which I can challenge myself and my own contemporary environment. I have promoted this vision via traditional writing and have also used images to support text or to inspire an improvised, oral telling of a fable.

Name: Nick G Liadis
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Current Location/ Neighborhood: Lawrenceville
Influential or Favorite Regional Artist: Carlos Scarpa, Lebbeus Woods, Gordon Matta-Clark, Alfred Schnittke, Cornelis Cardew, Bernhard Leitner

Artist Statement:
Nick G Liadis is an Architectural Designer and Artist living in the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh, though also has strong connections to Detroit, MI. He has balanced practicing and teaching architecture with his own art making and consulting work. The time split between professional, academic, and studio environments has been quite illuminating. That successful combination affords tremendous perspective of the architecture discipline, continually prodding the relationship between architecture and art.
Much of Nick's work is made through a variety of media including architecture, space, and music. Drawing, design, and installation art extend that work as well. For Nick, having artistic skills in architecture challenges traditional modes of space making. This provides Nick with the questions and ideas that make architecture a multi-sensory experience through the presence of art. Some of Nick's most recent work involves music to highlight dimensions of space, applying aspects of notation, resonance, balance, noise, and echo.
Cross-disciplinary inquiry is the foundation to Nick's artistic skills. It is what constitutes the connections between, for example, music and architecture. Approaching architecture in this way means not just knowing about music, but being the musician as you do the architecture. That simple distinction allows for a more robust cross-disciplinary investigation, where each subject profoundly affects the other.  Nick is excited by moments where an idea can be both musical and architectural, crossing seemingly distinct art disciplines.
Through education, exceptional practice, and interdisciplinary art collaboration, Nick has worked in Pittsburgh at Desmone Architects, Springboard Design, Studio for Spatial Practice, Carnegie Mellon University, The Andy Warhol Museum, Mattress Factory Museum, Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, and Hatch Arts Collective. He is also a founding principal of Arscott + Liadis Collaborative LLC, a design and art making studio in the Polish Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh. He has his Master of Architecture degree from the University of Detroit Mercy.

Website: and

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

2015: Participating Artist: John Tronsor

Name: John Tronsor
Hometown: Ephrata, PA
Current Location/ Neighborhood: Pittsburgh/ Lawrenceville

Influential or Favorite Regional Artist: Delanie Jenkins is just wonderful

Artist Statement:
I am an artist who has been interested in ideas concerning representation, processes of cognition and models of ontology. My work finds itself expressed in a variety of media but is typically realized three dimensionally, in video or both. Recently I have been occupied attempting to encapsulate the following three aspects of my practice into coherent wholes: i) the attention and priority of material as directing and providing the foundation for the sense of the work (rather than necessarily functioning as ancillary to the piece, but being integrated into it as base); ii) the construction or staging of a process so that its material production and/or its sense folds back on itself; iii) as an investigation into the relation between interiority and exteriority as expressed at the site of an interstice or membrane. 


John Tronsor
Untitled (Mirrorpane), 2014
Mirrorpane glass, acrylic, strobe lights, drywall, wood, hardware
144" x 154" x 25"

Monday, May 18, 2015

2015 Participating Artist: Sarika Goulatia

Name: Sarika Goulatia
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Current Location/ Neighborhood: Squirrel Hill
Influential or Favorite Regional Artist: Tara Donovan, Louise Bourgeois, Mona Hatoum, Ann Hamilton

Artist Statement:  
I am a visual artist. I create large-scale sculptures and installations. My work assesses and investigates current concerns, conflicts and social issues. My practice is diverse in media- the theme, material, process and approach vary but are united conceptually and tactically reflecting a particular idea. The process to begin with is personal and intuitive, however, it becomes premeditated and directed towards a specific outcome based on how the materials transform and transition. Playing with materials is a part of my ongoing investigation.
My works attempt at transforming the context of diverse commonplace materials and imbues it with new meaning. The installations don’t intend to proclaim a particular position, however, they create opportunities for heightened perception to confront issues of morality, chaos and consumerism opening doors for introspection and dialogue.
The concept of community involvement has become an important aspect in developing and evolving my installations. I became sensitized to the “excesses” of consumerism after a life threatening allergic reaction to a prescribed medication. This event was a catalyst in changing the foundation materials for my works. I started using discarded materials to create off-balance sculptures that appear in a state of decay.
The interplay between 3-dimensional and 2-dimensional forms is central to my work. My sculptures are like drawings; they are contained autonomous objects, visualizing one small part of a larger system.
I am invested through my sculptures in studying spaces through castings, drawings, tracing and imprints that capture the traces of past life on scuffed surfaces. The marks, the grime, and the residue that linger on the finished pieces are archetypical and suggest a shared sense of history. My works tell the story of the space through the impressions left of the original object on the plaster cast or the paper. They challenge the viewers to reminiscence identities and the history of the structures.

Sarika Goulatia, Untitled X, 2014
Gesso, acrylic, donated shoe boxes
3 panel installation of 106" x 107" x 24"

Saturday, May 16, 2015

2015 Participating Artist: Alyssa Kail

Alyssa recently moved to Pittsburgh after spending several years in Portland, OR. Find out more about how a changing landscapes inspires her art!

Name: Alyssa Kail
Hometown: Warren, PA
Current location: Braddock, PA

Artist Statement: For the past few years, I have carried with me a large, industrial spool of neon orange polyester thread and employed this thread in various installations, tethering to the built environment to line draw in space. Neon vectors and bifurcations direct the eye and disrupt the known interior and exterior landscape. Exaggerated angles and false horizons force a new perspective and understanding of the body in space and scale. The color of this thread at first appears to be not from nature -- It is cautionary, manufactured, synthetic. Contemplation reveals its connection to the natural world in extreme conditions, sun, fire, and molten minerals. 

Understanding our world through a lens of previous experience and past knowledge, my work seeks to obfuscate prescribed use value of space and materiality, utilizing existing architecture and unconventional materials in site specific installations and sculptures. Embracing resourcefulness, I wish to highlight the potential of that which already exists.



See some of Alyssa's digital short clips Here

Alyssa Kail. String Iterations