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 home 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 cultural 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.


Trompe l’oeil Meets Photorealism
September 14, 2019 - December 15, 2019
This exhibition compares the work of John F. Peto, recognized by the art world as an American master of trompe l’oeil or the “fool the eye” school of still life painting, with contemporary artists who may follow in his style, but who also move art in a new direction. Photorealistic artists use one or several photographs to create a composition that allows the viewer to see a realistic painting, drawing or other graphic media. “While trompe l’oeil has its roots in Greek and Roman art, Photorealism is a genre of art that was popular during the late 1960’s and early 1970’s,” says Harry Bower, art curator for the John F. Peto Studio Museum. “These artists seek to capture the essence of a photo on canvas in almost painstaking detail, relying on unparalleled precision and attention to detail.”

Trompe l’oeil Meets Photorealism: September 14 through December 15, 2019
Saturdays & Sundays, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.


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