Join us in welcoming Dr. Sharif Bey, Ceramics Professor at Syracuse University’s School of Art, to the Flower City Arts Center’s Ceramic Studio!
Dr. Bey will give a wheel demonstration, with elements of handbuilding, to share how he makes his body of work. Dr. Bey’s sculptures are inspired by modernism, functional pottery, Oceanic Art, and Art of the African diaspora. After the demonstration, we will break at noon for a 45-minute lunch break (feel free to bring your own or explore the many culinary options in our neighborhood). From 1 - 2 pm, Dr. Bey will present a lecture and take questions.
Bio: Dr. Sharif Bey came to his love of clay attending high school in Pittsburgh. He went on to study sculpture in Slovakia. He received his BFA from Slippery Rock University, MFA from the University of North Carolina, and Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University. Works by Dr. Bey can be found in public collections across the United States including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C; the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; the Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus; and the Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse. Recent institutional solo presentations include Sharif Bey: Excavations, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA (2021); Sharif Bey: Colonial Ruptures, Gardiner Museum, Toronto, CA (2022); Sharif Bey: Facets, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY (2022); and Sharif Bey: Ancestral Vestiges, Belger Arts Center, Kansas City, MO (2023). Bey has served as a resident artist at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, the Pittsburgh Glass Center, and the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts. His awards include a United States Artists grant, New York Foundation for the Arts Artist Fellowship, a Pollock-Krasner grant, and a J. William Fulbright scholarship. You can view more of Dr. Bey's work at sharifbeyceramics.com.