The Mattress Factory is a catalyst for connecting viewers to the creative practice of living artists and to the ideas and cultural expressions of our time. During its innovative 35-year history, the Mattress Factory has provided museum visitors with new ways for thinking about and experiencing art.
The Mattress Factory serves as an engaging and unusual learning environment that fosters creative thinking in audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Exhibitions, museum programming and interpretive materials encourage visitors to experience, investigate, understand and participate in the creative practice living artists undertake to make new site-specific, room-sized works called installations.
A range of innovative educational opportunities aims to directly engage students, youth, educators, families and the public with multi-sensory artworks housed in two creatively re-used buildings located within the historic Mexican War Streets neighborhood on Pittsburgh’s North Side. The Mattress Factory’s special exhibitions, permanent collection, Artist Residency, Resource Center and Education Studio serve as learning sites that together provide a framework for exploring installations that inspire, challenge, provoke and engage all viewers.
Mattress Factory education programs are supported through the generosity of the Allegheny Regional Asset District, Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, Jack Buncher Foundation, Sheila Fortune Foundation, Giant Eagle Foundation, Grable Foundation, H. J. Heinz Company Foundation, Institute for Museum and Library Services, and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.