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 BFA graduate returns to alma mater for exhibit, lecture on ceramics 




September 19, 2008

Contact: K.E. Schwab  




BFA graduate returns to alma mater for exhibit, lecture on ceramics 


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Sharif Bey, a 1998 Slippery Rock University bachelor of fine arts graduate with a master's degree from the University of North Carolina and a doctorate from Penn State University, will offer a lecture titled "A Personal Journey in African American Art History" at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in SRU's Spotts World Culture Auditorium.

            Bey's work is on display in the University's Martha Gault Art Gallery as part of an exhibit titled "Object and Adornment; A Ceramics Mixed Media Exhibition." The gallery is located in Maltby Center. The display ends with a 5-7 p.m. closing reception Tuesday. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and 2-6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.

            A Pittsburg native, Bey began his work in ceramics as a teenager through the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild's Apprenticeship Program in Pittsburgh. He is now an assistant professor of art education at Winston Salem State University. In 2003, he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to conduct research on post-socialists Slovak artists in Bratislava, Slovakia. While in Slovakia, he was an artist-in-residence in the sculpture department at The Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava. In fall 2007 he was an artist-in-residence at the McColl Center for Visual Art in Charlotte, N.C. 

           Bey's particular interests and scholarship involve African-American art history, African-American visual culture, art education of former Communist Europe and contemporary crafts.

           He has taught at the Manchester Craftsmen�s Guild, Penland School for Crafts and Penn State University, and offered numerous lectures, workshops and presentations in the United States and internationally. 

           Bey has exhibited his ceramic works in the Society for Contemporary Crafts in Pittsburgh, the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, the American Jazz Museum, Kansas City, Mo., the Avampato Museum in Charleston, W. Va., Gallery Art Factory in Prague, Czech Republic, and Gallery K in Bratislava, Slovakia. 

           His work ranges from decorative/ functional pottery to conceptual ceramic works, which are influenced by ritual and African-American identity.


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