Exhibit features 40-year career of Bill Foley, ’77, BA’07

The Media School Report • March 23, 2015
Bill Foley's work will be on exhibit at the Indiana State Museum through July. (Courtesy photo)
Bill Foley’s work will be on exhibit at the Indiana State Museum through July. (Courtesy photo)

An exhibit opening at the Indiana State Museum this week highlights the career and work of alumnus Bill Foley, ’77, BA’07, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist now based in Indianapolis.

“Art Meets News: The Work of Photojournalist Bill Foley” opens March 28 and features more than 100 photos, three-dimensional artifacts and personal accounts from Foley’s 40-year career, which includes time with The Associated Press and Time Magazine, and a Pulitzer Prize for spot news in 1983.

The exhibit will explore three themes: Foley’s Indiana roots, his work in the Mideast, and his work for charity organizations, which includes several book projects.

Foley left IU before getting his degree to chase the news, landing a job in Europe with The Associated Press that eventually took him all over the world. He covered the assassination of Egypt’s Anwar Sadat, photographed the 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon, and captured images of victims and survivors of a massacre in Beirut that later won the Pulitzer. Foley left the AP in 1984 and worked for six years as a contract photographer for Time.

Foley now is a professor at Marian University in Indianapolis and continues his work with nonprofits.  He received the IU Journalism Distinguished Alumni Award in 2013.

The Media School is one of the co-sponsors of the exhibit, which continues through July 19.