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‘Family Studio’ Displays Ceramics, Metalwork by UMobile’s Artistic Couple

University of Mobile president and first lady Mark and Marilyn Foley are displaying their artwork in an exhibit titled “Family Studio: Works by Mark and Marilyn Foley.” The exhibit is on display in Martin Hall Gallery through Feb. 28 on the university campus. A special artists’ talk will be held Feb.10 at 1:30 p.m. in Martin Hall. A reception will follow at 2:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

Philip Counselman, assistant professor of art and director of the Martin Hall Gallery, said, “This is an exhibit about artists, husband and wife working side by side. Even with their huge responsibility of presiding over the University of Mobile, the Foleys still make time for art. In the exhibit, you will see the results of this unique partnership.”

The exhibit displays Marilyn Foley’s electric-fired ceramic work and paintings created over a three-year time span. Dr. Mark Foley, an avid metal smith, is showing selected welded pieces.

Included in the display is a miniature model of the 12-foot cross now standing on the UMobile campus, originally designed by Dr. Foley.

Dr. Foley learned his metalworking skills while working in his family’s trucking business.

"Though I do not consider myself an artist by any serious definition of the term, I do greatly enjoy time spent creating various objects with metal. I find the creative process and the fact that change happens instantly and, often, unpredictably to be very meaningful,” he said.

Mrs. Foley, an art student in college who said she has been inspired by working side-by-side with UMobile art students, said, “I'm trying to develop both the art and craft of my work to a higher level. It is interesting to me how different processes like painting and ceramics can work together. There are just boundless possibilities.”

Dr. Foley continued, “I am grateful to the university's art department for the opportunity to join with Marilyn in displaying our work. It is a first for us both and a great delight."

For more information, contact Counselman at 251.442.2283, or email

Above, three works by Marilyn Foley: electric kiln-fired Cone 6 ceramics

Work by Mark Foley: "Jean's Cricket" welded stainless steel and copper
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