Sharif Bey’s work cross-references notions of power, ornamentation, and natural history with objects and surfaces associated with traditional African jewelry. He uses his work to explore alternative ways of paying respect to tradition, function, adornment, and ceremony. His exhibition showcases his large-scale ceramic necklace wall hangings and a series of necklace forms made from large glass beads. Bey said, “I look forward to exploring the different relationship with light that the glass beads will have in contrast to the ceramic beads.” In addition, the expanded color palette in glass opens up possibilities in his work not currently available in ceramic glazes. Funding for this exhibition was provided by the Investing in Professional Artists Grants Program and the Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh Program, partnerships of The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments.