Before COA

Foley was an Associate Professor and the Chair of Painting at Maine College of Art and more recently was a Visiting Associate Professor and Senior Lecturer at The Ohio State University.

Scholarly and Creative Interests

Foley’s work explores ideas of the monstrous and the grotesque through paintings, drawings, and installations that playfully combine notions of figuration, abstraction and art history into a single “carnivalesque” visual experience. He aims to provoke the imagination and facilitate a sense of visual wonder for his viewers.

He has shown nationally at Anna Kustera and Mary Ryan Gallery in New York, Irvine Contemporary in Washington DC, and Allston Skirt Gallery in Boston. Museum shows include the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MoCA), deCordova Museum, Portland Museum of Art (Maine) and the Academy of Arts and Letters in New York. 

Recently Foley co-curated the group exhibition “Explode Every Day: An Inquiry into the Phenomenon of Wonder” at Mass MoCA and contributed an essay and interview with co-curator Denise Markonish and Lawrence Weschler for the catalogue accompanying the exhibition. 

Foley’s recent honors include residencies at the Kohler Art / Industry program and a Rauschenberg Foundation Residency. He has also been recipient of a Golden Foundation Fellowship, Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship, and Jurors and Purchase prizes from the Portland Museum of Art Biennial exhibitions.