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



December 3 – December 31, 2017

“Journey through Advent with Rolan Johnson” is a collection of mosaic prints by celebrated Peoria Printer, Rolan Johnson. Created with the silk-screen process of forcing paint through cut out parts of a stencil on a fabric screen onto paper. Join us for a journey of prayer, anticipation, wonder, and reflection during this Advent season. 



More about the Exhibit:

Rolan Johnson, esteemed peorian printer, began a new tradition in 1952, when he created a Christmas card for the president of Block and Kuhl department store in downtown Peoria. Every year for the remainder of the 20th century, this talented and generous man would design, print, and distribute these remarkable, brilliantly colored creations to relatives, business associates, and friends fortunate enough to be on his card list. Over the years, First United Methodist Church has been fortunate enough to have received numerous Rolan Johnson prints by various donors.  


Open House is scheduled for December 9th from 7:30 - 8:30 PM. Celebrate the season of hope with friends and family at our Open House for the exhibit, "Journey through Advent with Rolan Johnson," which immediately follows the spectacular Christmas Program, "This Christmastide," at 6:00 PM. Hot Cider and Cookies provided.


Read about it in the Peoria Journal Star by clicking below!




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Past Exhibits

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.