AlloyPGH 2015 Comes to a Close

This weekend marks the end of AlloyPGH 2015 artist residency. It was a rewarding project where I was given the opportunity to work with 10 other fantastic artist in an amazing space. The unique experience of creating artwork through AlloyPGH for display at the historic Carrie Furnace will be one I will never forget. The goal of this residency was to share a unique family story about my grandfather Stan Kwasny through a balancing sculpture. This goal was achieved after the completion and installation of STAN but the moments that took place during the one month AlloyPGH exhibition were truly serendipity. My grandfather and I enjoyed talking about the industry he worked for during the AlloyPGH opening.  He also got the celebrity treatment at the opening when people learned he was the real Stan and the inspiration for the STAN sculpture. I got to meet many new people through the artist talks and events at Carrie Furnace like Ron Baraff and the amazing Rivers of Steel staff, mayor John Fetterman, Mattress Factories Barbara Luderowski and Michael Olijnyk, artist Mary Jane Jacobs, and many local families that also shared connections to Pittsburgh's industrial past. The variety of people attracted and inspired by Carrie Furnace and the AlloyPGH residency made it a really unique once in an life time experience. 

My grandfather Stan Kwasny and myself at the opening of Alloy PGH enjoying a chat about Carrie Furnace and his work at USS Clariton Works. 

My grandfather Stan Kwasny and myself at the opening of Alloy PGH enjoying a chat about Carrie Furnace and his work at USS Clariton Works. 

A billboard advertising the opening of Alloy PGH 2015. 

A billboard advertising the opening of Alloy PGH 2015. 

I was able to speak with my favorite politician mayor John Fetterman. 

I was able to speak with my favorite politician mayor John Fetterman

A selfie with Barbara Luderowski and Michael Olijnyk of the Mattress Factory. 

A selfie with Barbara Luderowski and Michael Olijnyk of the Mattress Factory

Mary Jane Jacobs giving an artist talk at Radiant Hall. 

Mary Jane Jacobs giving an artist talk at Radiant Hall. 

STAN after getting a fresh coat of boiled linseed oil is ready for the Pittsburgh winter. 

STAN after getting a fresh coat of boiled linseed oil is ready for the Pittsburgh winter. 

Ricardo Robinson The Steel-Fonics listen to his work on sound cloud. 

Ricardo Robinson The Steel-Fonics listen to his work on sound cloud. 

Detail of Ricardo Robinson's work at Carrie Furnace. Photo by Ricardo Robinson repost from Facebook.

Detail of Ricardo Robinson's work at Carrie Furnace. Photo by Ricardo Robinson repost from Facebook.

Detail of Ricardo Robinson's work at Carrie Furnace. Photo by Ricardo Robinson repost from Facebook.

Detail of Ricardo Robinson's work at Carrie Furnace. Photo by Ricardo Robinson repost from Facebook.

Rose Clancy. Photo by AlloyPGH repost from Facebook. 

Rose Clancy. Photo by AlloyPGH repost from Facebook

Photo by AlloyPGH repost from Facebook. 

Photo by AlloyPGH repost from Facebook

Oreen Cohen.. Photo by Ricardo Robinson

Oreen Cohen.. Photo by Ricardo Robinson

Alyssa Kail. Photo by Nichole Merritt.

Alyssa Kail. Photo by Nichole Merritt.

Alyssa Kail. Photo by Drew Kail

Alyssa Kail. Photo by Drew Kail

John Tronsor. Photo by Ricardo Robinson

John Tronsor. Photo by Ricardo Robinson

Lenore Thomas. Photo by Ricardo Robinson

Lenore Thomas. Photo by Ricardo Robinson

Dan Ivec and Nick G. Liadis. Photo by Ricardo Robinson

Dan Ivec and Nick G. Liadis. Photo by Ricardo Robinson

Scott Turri. Photo by Ricardo Robinson

Scott Turri. Photo by Ricardo Robinson

Scott Turri. Photo by Ricardo Robinson

Scott Turri. Photo by Ricardo Robinson

Sarika Goulatia. Photo by Ricardo Robinson

Sarika GoulatiaPhoto by Ricardo Robinson