John F. Peto Studio Museum

PO Box 1022,102 Cedar Avenue, Island Heights, NJ 08732 - United States





The John F. Peto Studio Museum, located in beautiful, historic Island Heights, New Jersey along the Toms River and Barnegat Bay, features the home and studio of John Frederick Peto (1854-1907), the renowned late 19th century American still life painter in the trompe l'oeil style. The non-profit studio museum is one of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Historic Artists' Homes & Studios museums, which documents the aesthetics, work habits and lifestyle of a significant American artist. The house (constructed in 1889) and the gardens have been professionally restored to preserve the integrity of the artist's vision. Original furnishings capture the home as it would have been in Peto's time, along with displays of original artifacts as depicted in many of the artist's paintings. The museum offers a variety of programs, including rotating exhibitions, educational programs, a lecture series, garden programs and special events.

The John F. Peto Studio Museum is part of the Island Heights Historic District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. The district and its architecture have allowed the town to remain a resort and recreation-oriented destination, which retains its late 19th century ambiance. This not-for-profit home and studio is dedicated to preserving Peto’s legacy by maintaining the historic property as a working museum, fostering educational opportunities and serving as a partner in the community.


The Women of Peto
March 1 - April 12, 2020
In honor of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, the John F. Peto Studio Museum will be highlighting the contributions of the "Women of Peto," to include his only daughter Helen (a watercolorist), Peto's female students (including Emily Perkins); and art and artifacts of other Peto family members. The history of Peto's granddaughter Joy Smiley's life growing up in the Studio will also be explored, as will the works of some of the founding members of the Peto Museum (Jean Wetta and Alice Askoff).

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