A portrait of a man looking into the distance.

Sharif Bey. Photo; Bryan Conley

In Conversation: Sharif Bey

CMOA Theater

Join artist and educator Sharif Bey (b. 1974) in conversation with the museum's Alan G. and Jane A. Lehman Curator of Decorative Arts and Design Rachel Delphia on the opening day of the exhibition Sharif Bey: Excavations. Bey will discuss his artistic process, how the new work in the show engages both his past and present selves, and the process of recovering and unearthing sources of inspiration.

About the Exhibition

Sharif Bey: Excavations presents new works by Sharif Bey inspired by the artist’s ‘excavations’ of the museum collections that first piqued his interest as a youth visiting Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History. On view are mask-like forms, necklaces made from pinch pot-style vessels as beads, and site-specific temporary installations that incorporate Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s broad collections of artifacts and specimens.

About the Artist

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. He is a teaching artist with extensive experience in ceramics, sculpture, community art programming, and art teacher training. Dr. Bey has published numerous articles and served on the editorial board of Studies in Art Education and the Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education and is past editor of The Journal of Social Theory in Art Education.

Registration Information

Registration of this conversation is closed, however, walk-ins are welcome and the event will be live-streamed via the button below.