Rivers of Steel Seeks Artists Proposals

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Carly V. McCoy
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Open call for regional artists to apply to the Alloy Pittsburgh 2018 exhibition
at the Carrie Blast Furnaces National Historic Landmark
PITTSBURGH, PA (PittsburghNewsWire.com) — Rivers of Steel seeks visual and performing artists to apply for Alloy Pittsburgh, a biennial exhibition that examines the history, current condition and possible future of the Carrie Blast Furnaces, while offering regional artists a unique exhibition opportunity and career-building experience.  Deadline for entry is February 11, 2018.
“Alloy Pittsburgh is something truly unique to Pittsburgh where artists have the chance to situate their creative practice squarely within the context of this region’s past, present and future,” said Chris McGinnis, Director of Rivers of Steel Arts. “For artists and viewers alike, Alloy captures that sense of wonder and discovery found in the majestic Carrie Furnaces, sometimes playfully or critically, but always authentically.”
Alloy Pittsburgh 2018 is open to regional artists and collaborative groups. Artists must live in one of the following PA counties: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Washington or Westmoreland. All works must be conceived specifically for the Carrie Furnaces site and must exist in some form throughout the duration of the exhibition.
A jury of arts professionals and project advisors will review all proposals and select artists for participation. Selected project proposals will receive a $1000.00 stipend for the creation of the project. Interested artists can view the submission guidelines here: http://bit.ly/2FsqC6M.
Artists should apply before the February 11 deadline; selected artists will be notified March 1. A research residency occurs in May. The exhibition runs from August 25 through September 30, 2018.
Rivers of Steel is proud to partner with five local institutions for Alloy Pittsburgh 2018, including Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, Center for African American Poetry and Poetics, Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Kipp Gallery, Pittsburgh Glass Center and Radiant Hall Studios. Each partnering institution will select an artist to be included. Rivers of Steel will select four additional artists, for a total of nine.
The 2018 installation will mark the third occurrence of the exhibition.
For more information on Alloy Pittsburgh 2018, please contact Carly McCoy at 412.464.4020, ext. 43 or by emailing cmccoy@riversofsteel.com.
About the Carrie Blast Furnaces
Declared a National Historic Landmark in 2006, the Carrie Blast Furnaces #6 & #7 are rare examples of pre-WWII iron-making technology. One of five Rivers of Steel attractions that showcase the artistry and innovation of our region’s rich heritage, the Carrie Furnaces provide a unique way to experience scale and legacy of southwestern Pennsylvania ‘s steel industry.  In addition to industrial history tours, a number of festivals, tours and special programs invite families to experience the site through the lens of the arts.
About Rivers of Steel
Founded on the principles of heritage development, community partnership, and a reverence for the region’s natural and shared resources, Rivers of Steel strengthens the economic and cultural fabric of western Pennsylvania by fostering dynamic initiatives and transformative experiences.
Through its attractions and tour programs, Rivers of Steel actively promotes education and heritage tourism, highlighting western Pennsylvania’s assets to regional, national and international audiences. Behind-the-scenes, Rivers of Steel works with a diverse network of community partners to support grassroots initiatives and the new regional economy.
Contact Carly McCoy at 412.464.4020, ext. 43 or by emailing cmccoy@riversofsteel.com.
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