Sharif Bey is an Associate Professor of Art at Syracuse University. Bey earned a B.F.A. in ceramics from Slippery Rock University, an M.F.A in studio art from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Ph.D. in art education from Penn State University. He is a teaching artist with extensive experience in ceramics, sculpture, community art programming and art teacher training. Dr. Bey published numerous articles and served on the editorial board of Studies in Art Education, and the Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education and is past editor of The Journal of Social Theory in Art Education.


Bey’s awards include: The New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship (Sculpture), The Pollock-Krasner Fellowship, The J. William Fulbright Scholarship (Slovak Republic), and The Judith Seinfeld Award for Excellence, Creativity and Innovation in faculty research (Syracuse University). Bey is the 2019 recipient of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s Distinguished Alumni Award. His work is featured in public collections including: The Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, The Carnegie Museum of Art, The Columbus Museum of Art, The Everson Museum of Art, The Westmoreland American Art Museum, The Hickory Museum of Art, The Juliet Art Museum and United States Embassies in Khartoum, Sudan and Jakarta, Indonesia. His ceramic and Mixed-media works reflect his interest in the visual heritage of Africa and Oceania, as well as contemporary African American culture.