Sharif Bey

Assistant Professor

Art, Design, and Transmedia
Department of Art
Art education

052 Comstock Art Facility (ComArt)


Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University

Sharif Bey is a dual assistant professor in art education and teaching and leadership at Syracuse University. Dr. Bey earned his PhD in Art Education from the Pennsylvania 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.

 After receiving his M.F.A, Dr. Bey was employed as a studio coordinator in MCG’s Youth Development Program where he supervised a staff of art teachers, offered curricular and technical support to Pittsburgh Public School teachers, conducted teacher training workshops and ran an after school visual arts program in ceramics. As a doctoral student in 2003 Dr. Bey was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship where he conducted research on post socialist art education reforms, as a scholar and artist in residence, at The Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, Slovakia. In 2007 Dr. Bey received The Harlan E. and Suzanne D. Hoffa Dissertation Award from Penn State University for his research “Aaron Douglas and Hale Woodruff: The Social Responsibility and Expanded Pedagogy of the Black Artist”. Bey has published numerous articles in publications such as Studies in Art Education, The Journal of Curriculum & Pedagogy, The Journal of Art Education, The Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education and The Journal of Power in Education. Currently Bey serves on the Associate Editor of the Journal of Social Theory in Art Education and is on the editorial review board of Studies in Art Education and The Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education.


Bey is additionally a studio artist who maintains an active exhibition record.

In recent years Bey has been an artist in residence at the McColl Center for Visual Art in Charlotte, Hunter College in New York City, and the Vermont Studio Center. Dr. Bey is the 2008 recipient of the Regional Artists Grant from the Winston Salem Arts Council for his studio-based research on ancient Egyptian adornment and material culture in Cairo. 

Bey has a particular interests and scholarship in African-American art history, art education of former communist Europe and contemporary crafts. He has conducted numerous lectures, workshops, and presentations and exhibits widely in the United States and internationally. His studio work ranges from decorative/ functional pottery to conceptual ceramic works, which are influenced by ritual and African-American identity.