Local collector shares religious art collection

By Dustin Ensinger

April 1, 2014

For the past four years, John Kohan has been sharing his massive collection of religious art with parishioners and outsiders at the St. Peter’s Episcopal Church.

His latest display, In Remembrance of Me, features several modern depictions of the Last Supper.

“It’s wonderful to have the opportunity to show the art,” said Kohan, a former Time magazine journalist.

The display offers several unique takes on the final meal Jesus shared with his Apostles before his crucifixion.

The sometimes unconventional depictions allow people to delve deeper into the subject, Kohan believes.

“I don’t want the art to be so familiar that people don’t see it anymore,” he said. “I know I’m always going to put in a picture you don’t like when you see it.”

The modern works are from all over the world, representing 18 countries.

Kohan said the parishioners of the church have fully embraced his art displays.

“I think people don’t tend to understand how important religious art remains for a lot of people,” he said. “The pictures take on a different meaning for people in the church.”

Kohan has been collecting the art for about 16 years, and has managed to amass a collection of about 2,000 works. The collection became his passion after he retired from journalism after serving as Time’s Moscow bureau chief.

Guided tours of the collection are offered by Kohan, which he recommends.

“I think people need to understand it,” he said.

The display runs through April 20. It is open from 12 to 2 p.m. on Fridays and 12 to 2 p.m. on Sundays. Appointments can also be scheduled by calling 740-369-3175 or by email at