Foster Gallery

Foster Gallery for Christianity and The Fine Arts

A ministry of First United Methodist Church

The mission of the Foster Gallery for Christianity and the Fine Arts is to nurture mutual understanding and appreciation of the connection between art and faith, and to develop and strengthen relationships between artists, the community, and the church.

Current Exhibit



February 14 – April 1, 2018

“Stations of the Cross: An Ancient Practice for Our Time” is a collection of prints by Janet McKenzie. Using prints from Janet McKenzie’s Stations of the Cross series, each station invites a meditation upon Christ’s suffering, as well as similar suffering we see continuing in the world today.

Janet McKenzie is known for her androgynous “Jesus of the People,” a powerful and controversial work, which won the National Catholic Reporter’s contest to find an image of Jesus for the new millennium.  Mckenzie used a mixed-race man as the model for Christ in her series, “Way of the Cross.” The model’s African American and Caucasian roots are revealed in different ways in each painting.

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Past Exhibits

January 7 – February 11, 2018
Artistic Abilities by Artists with intellectual/developmental disabilities. The Artistic Abilities Exhibit featured artwork from the Community Workshop & Training Center, Apostolic Christian Timber Ridge, and Tazewell County Resource Center. This exhibit was featured in the Peoria Journal Star

December 3 - December 31, 2017
Journey throught Advent with Rolan Johnson by Rolan Johnson. This exhibit was featured in the Peoria Journal Star.   

October 22 - November 26, 2017
Forest Park Prairie by Barbara Hoffman. This exhibit was featured in the Peoria Journal Star on October 21, 2017.    

September 10 - October 15, 2
Broken Memories by Carmen Sanchez-Lorente. 

July 23 - September 3, 2017
Reflections of Nana Ekow Maison and Margaret Allotey-Pappoe by Nana Ekow Maison and Margaret Allotey-Pappoe.  Read the Peoria Journal Star article on this exhibit, click on this link.

April 23 - June 4, 2017
Wabi-Sabi: Finding Beauty in the Imperfect by Fiber Artists Coalition
This cutting edge fiber art and mixed media exhibit was featured in the Peoria Journal Star.

March 5 - April 16, 2017
Stations of the Cross 

January 8 - February 26, 2017
Summer Revisited by Cathy Engberg .  This exhibit was featured in the January 1, 2017 edition of the Peoria Journal Star.

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Carol McPherson, PhD, Director of Fine Arts Community Outreach, at or 309-673-3641 ext 130.