Sharif Bey: Here & Now runs from October 7, 2013 through January 3, 2014 at Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild. A reception and artist talk are scheduled for Thursday, October 17th from 6 – 8 pm. This event is free and open to the public.
Sharif Bey is an Assistant Professor of Art Education at Syracuse University. Bey earned his PhD in Art Education from Penn State University. He holds an M.F.A in Studio Art from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a B.F.A, in ceramics, from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania. Bey is a teaching artist with extensive experience in ceramics and art teacher training and has facilitated collaborative opportunities for adults and K-12 students in museums, arts centers, schools and universities throughout the United States. In addition to being an active teacher and contributing to multiple peer reviewed journals as a scholar, reviewer and editor, Bey continues to exhibit nationally and internationally. Recently he completed a commission of three large-scale sculptures for the United States Embassy in Khartoum, Sudan and has also represented the United States in Vendsyssel, Denmark’s SCANCERM international exhibition. As a Fulbright scholar Bey was an artist in residence at The Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, Slovakia in 2003-2004. Additionally Bey has served as a resident artist at The McColl Center for Visual Art in Charlotte, North Carolina, Hunter College in New York City, and the Vermont Studio Center. Bey studio work ranges from decorative/functional pottery to conceptual wearable ceramic works, which are influenced by ritual and identity.