Sharif Bey

School of Art

Associate Professor, Arts Education

Sharif Bey

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

Sharif Bey is a dual associate professor in arts education and teaching and leadership in the College of Visual and Performing Arts and Syracuse University’s School of Education. He is additionally a studio artist who maintains an active exhibition record. He earned a Ph.D. 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 an M.F.A, 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, Bey was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and 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 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 such publications as Studies in Art EducationThe Journal of Curriculum & PedagogyThe Journal of Art EducationThe Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education, and TheJournal of Power in Education. Currently Bey serves as 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. 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. He 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 interest 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 that are influenced by ritual and African-American identity.


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