Sharif Bey

School of Art

Associate Professor, Studio Arts (Ceramics)

Sharif Bey

052 Comstock Art Facility
1075 Comstock Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-5050

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.

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 Carnegie Museum of Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Columbus Museum of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, The Everson Museum of Art, United States Embassies (Khartoum, Sudan/Kampala, Uganda/ Jakarta, Indonesia) The Hickory Museum of Art, and The Juliet Art Museum. His ceramic and Mixed-media works reflect his interest in the visual heritage of Africa and Oceania, as well as contemporary African American culture.


  • Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
  • M.F.A., University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • B.F.A., Slippery Rock University


African American art history, ceramics, community art programming and art teacher training

Courses Taught

  • Cultural Knowledge, Identity and Postmodern Art Education
  • Community Engagement: The immigrant Child and the Creative Mind
  • Multicultural Issues in Art Education
  • Student Teaching Seminar
  • Shock as Content
  • Teaching the Visual Arts: Methods and Materials
  • Ceramics (Handbuilding and Wheel Throwing)
  • First Year Studio