George Beasley at the GSU Sculpture Studio

George Beasley the Sculptor

On the border of the Fourth Ward and downtown Atlanta sits the GSU (Georgia State University) Sculpture Studio. It is housed in what used to be Jack’s, one of the first department stores in Atlanta that catered to the African-American community.  I had the pleasure of meeting George Beasley, a well-known sculptor, at the GSU Sculpture Studio. Professor Beasley started teaching at GSU in the Fine Arts Department in 1970. He was instrumental in incorporating the iron casting art form into the University’s sculpture program 42 years ago. He was also the creator of one of GSU’s most loved traditions, the Holiday Iron Pour, which began in 1972 and is now the second oldest public iron pour in the country. Professor Beasley retired from GSU four years ago but he continues to pursue personal projects and mentor students.


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