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.

Seeing Joy

December 1-29
“Do not be afraid; for see – I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord”  Luke 2:10-11
Again this year, we will be displaying Rolan Johnson prints in the Foster Gallery during Advent. Johnson’s prints point us to the joy of our Savior’s birth.  In the second Gallery, you are invited to share the joy you experience in your life by creating ornaments to hang on the tree.
Open House: December 14 and 15, 7:30 PM
Join us in the Foster Gallery for light refreshments following Lessons and Carols.


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