Relive visual history during exhibit

The work of Indianapolis-born photojournalist Bill Foley is on display this spring at the Indiana State Museum in an exhibition called “Art Meets News.”

Foley, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist, has covered world news topics and events including the assassination of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat. Foley’s iconic “Smiling Sadat” appeared on the cover of Time magazine in October 1981.

He won the Pulitzer for his coverage of the Sabra and Shatilla Massacre in Beirut in 1982. Foley’s assignments took him to more than 47 countries, capturing the reality of life in the Middle East amid the conflicts of the 1970s and ’80s.

The exhibition includes more than 100 photographs, artifacts and personal accounts from Foley’s nearly 40-year career, including his time with The Associated Press (1978-1984) and Time magazine (1984-1990).

His Marine photograph taken after the bombing of the U.S. Marine Corps barracks in Beirut in 1983 was chosen by LIFE magazine as one of the world’s best photographs. He has also photographed productions of more than 27 feature films and television shows.

Art Meets News has three main areas that explore Foley’s Indiana roots, his nearly decade-long travels throughout the Middle East and his work for news and charity organizations across the globe and for Hollywood. The final area retraces Foley’s process of creating photographs step-by-step. The exhibit showcases tools and equipment needed to shoot, process and transmit images across the globe in the days of analog.

Foley’s work has been published in all major newspapers and magazines as well as in books on photojournalism. His photography has been shown in major museums and galleries in New York, Cairo, Beirut and cities in Europe.

Foley is a graduate of Indiana University in Bloomington. He is currently assistant professor of Fine Arts at Marian University in Indianapolis.

The Indiana State Museum is at 650 W. Washington St., Indianapolis. Exhibition gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

For more information, call the museum at 232-1637 or visit