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.

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.

Artistic Abilities

January 12 – February 16
The Foster Gallery for Christianity and the Fine Arts is pleased to once again offer Artistic Abilities. We focus on work by artists with intellectual/developmental disabilities, because these individuals are seldom recognized as artists.  This year we are featuring the work of artists from EP!Casso and Tazewell County Resource Center. Many of the artists will attend our First Friday open house on February 7 from 5–8:30 PM.  Please come and meet these gifted artists. 


Monday through Friday | 9 AM - 5 PM
Sunday | 8:30 AM - noon
Other showings by appointment

Contact the Foster Gallery

Inquiries here go directly to Dr. Carol McPherson, Director of Discipleship and Fine Arts Ministries