MSA honored George Beasley with the MSA Master’s Award for his life time achievements in Sculpture and Academia. George has touched the lives of many and is a high profile, internationally respected sculptor known for his work in iron and spectacular iron-pour performances.
Professor Beasley was born in Ironton, Ohio in 1943. He achieved a B.F.A degree at the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1968 and started teaching at GSU in the Fine Arts Department in 1970 after receiving a MFA in sculpture from Cranbrook Academy of Art. He was instrumental in incorporating iron casting into the University’s sculpture program 43 years ago. He created 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
In 2007 he was recognized as a “Regent’s Professor of Fine Art” by the University System of Georgia and has retired as “Regent’s Professor Emeritus.
Inspiration for imagery in his sculpture and drawings has been developed through research into Celtic influences on European foundry history and practice. He exhibits and does performances internationally. His work is found in numerous private, corporate, and institutional collections.