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.

The Foster Gallery is made possible by the generous support of the Foster Endowment through the Peoria First United Methodist Church Foundation .
Ellen Foster was a member of First United Methodist Church who endowed the Thomas S. Foster Endowment for Christianity and the Fine Arts.  "Ellie" was known to friends as a talented, gracious, spirit-filled lady who strived  to make a difference.  Active in both church and civic activities, this gallery is named for the Fosters in honor of their contribution "to provide partial funding of an outreach ministry of First United Methodist Church of Peoria which will focus on the impact of Christianity on the fine arts."

The public is welcome to all events and exhibits at no cost.

On Exhibit: July 27 - August 27
First Friday Reception: August 5, 5-8 PM

Michael Gilbert lives and works in Peoria, Illinois. His art training includes a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Bradley University and a Master of Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute. He maintains a studio practice while also teaching at Illinois Central College and Bradley University. His recent artwork often deals with the symbolic use of geometric shapes, intricate color relationships, and the combination of machine and handmade marks.

Daniel Nagel is a graphic designer and screen printer who lives and works in Peoria. He began a residency at the Prairie Center for the Arts in Peoria and spent his time there creating screen prints that were inspired by his travels abroad. Daniel uses limited colors and balanced compositions to create light-hearted and graphically pleasing works which are accompanied by a range of depth and dynamic textures. He now shares studio space at North Art Studios with his previous professor.


Monday through Friday | 9 AM - 1 PM
Sunday | 8:30 AM - noon
Other showings by appointment

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