Sharif Bey is an Associate professor of art at Syracuse University. Bey earned a B.F.A. in ceramics from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, an M.F.A in studio art from the University of North Carolina and a Ph.D. in art education from Penn State University. He is a teaching artist with extensive experience in ceramics/sculpture, art community programming and art teacher training. Bey continues to conduct workshops and facilitates collaborations in the visual arts for children and adults in schools, museums, arts centers, and universities throughout the United States and abroad.

Over the past 15 years, he has served as a resident artist at The Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, Slovakia, The McColl Center for Arts and Innovation, Hunter College, the John Michael Kohler Art Center and the Pittsburgh Glass Center. Bey’s awards include: The New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship (Sculpture), The Pollock-Krasner Grant, The J. William Fulbright Scholarship (Slovak Republic), and The Seinfeld Award for Excellence, Creativity and Innovation in faculty research. 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 Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, The Carnegie Museum of Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum (The Renwick Gallery), The Columbus Museum of Art, United States Embassies (Khartoum, Sudan/Kampala, Uganda/ Jakarta, Indonesia) The Hickory Museum of Art, The Juliet Art Museum and The Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African-American Art. His ceramic and Mixed-media works reflect his interest in the visual heritage of Africa and Oceania, as well as contemporary African American culture. 

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