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Upcoming Spring Exhibit

Preserving Creative Spaces: Photographs of Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios

April 2, 2022 – June 5, 2022

An Exhibition Organized by Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios, Program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation

An exhibition of photographs of the artists whose homes, studios, and landscapes, now open as public sites, comprise the membership of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s national consortium, the Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios Program (artistshomes.org). This group of forty-eight affiliated sites includes the John F. Peto Studio Museum. The artists associated with these properties represent the historical evolution of art in this country, with breadth that spans over 150 years, tremendous geographic diversity, and varied representation in painting, sculpture, graphic arts, photography, furniture, and decorative arts. From photographer Alice Austen’s nineteenth-century picturesque homestead in Staten Island, NY, to furniture designer Sam Maloof’s twentieth-century rustic residence and studio in Alta Loma, CA, these extraordinary sites introduce more than one million visitors annually to the living and workspaces of American artists across the country.

These images of artists at home, working in their studios, in the landscape, or on their travels tell visual stories that deepen our understanding of their lives, their creative processes, and their art. Through them the viewer gains access to the artists’ private worlds – allowing entry into the act of art making, and in some instances the ability to see the objects, landscapes, and surrounding viewsheds that inspired these artists. Some of these images are candid shots of artists caught in moments of creativity, while others represent carefully posed portraits that conjure questions about self-fashioning and promotion of the artist-genius persona. The copies of the photographs on exhibition have been selected by each respective site.

The John F. Peto Studio Museum received funding this year from a grant administered by the Ocean County Cultural & Heritage Commission from funds granted by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State

Preserving Creative Spaces was organized by Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios and made possible by the Wyeth Foundation for American Art, with additional funding from Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, West Palm Beach, Florida. Printing and framing of images were underwritten in part by Sohn Fine Art, Lenox, Massachusetts. The Historic Artists’ Homes & Studios Program is supported by generous grants from the Henry Luce Foundation, and the Wyeth Foundation for American Art.

Peto’s Art Camp 4 Kids

Returns for a Second Year

The John F. Peto Studio Museum is very pleased to announce that its popular hands-on applied art program for kids will return this coming summer.

Peto’s Art Camp 4 Kids will be taught by Ms. Nancy Corsaro, who is a certified art teacher at the Hugh J. Boyd Elementary School in Seaside Heights with 23 years of experience teaching art to children from preschool through sixth grade.

The program will offer four one-week sessions for kids between the ages of 7 and 12.

The first will be from July 11, 2022 through July 15, 2022 between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. and the second session will be the same week between 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. The third session will be from August 15, 2022 through August 19, 2022  between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.; and the fourth session will be the same week between 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Each one-week session will be capped at 12 students.  

Each session will conclude on the following Saturday with a gallery exhibition of the student’s work in the Peto garden. Parents, siblings, family, and community members will be invited to attend free of charge.

The fee for each student is $100 per session, and a student can be registered for and attend more than one session. Registration is now open; click below to register today.  If you have any questions, please call 732-929-4949.

We Thank the Ocean County Cultural & Heritage Commission for their Continued Support

The Peto is proud to announce that for the fourth consecutive year, we are the recipient of Arts and History funding from the Ocean County Cultural & Heritage Commission. These grants – – 56% larger than last year – – help us provide art exhibits, lectures and community outreach. This funding literally helps us keep the doors open, and is vital to our continued success. We thank the Commission for their support, and are grateful for their confidence in our Museum.

Building Bridges Initiative: Fostering Inclusion Project

Pictured above: a portion of art supplies that were purchased through the Building Bridges Grant.

We are pleased to announce our partnership with Hugh J. Boyd Elementary School in Seaside Heights, NJ has been solidified by the approval of our plan for the Building Bridges: Fostering Inclusion Project. This project is sponsored by the Ocean County Cultural and Heritage Commission for the purpose of fostering educational opportunities in the arts and establishing connections with an extended community.

The money that was allocated to us has been used for supplies selected by the Art teacher, Nancy Corsaro, to assist in lessons geared toward teaching the students about the style of trompe l’oeil, still-life painting and the artist John F. Peto. The items were purchased and delivered to the school and the lessons have begun!

The entire student population of Hugh J. Boyd Elementary School will experiment with acrylic painting and its usage/technique as a means of expression. This grant allows the Museum to connect with the Seaside Heights Community. We hope to continue this relationship with the school by exhibiting students’ work and having students visit the museum. We look forward to what the future brings.

This program is in conjunction with funds from the NJ State Council on the Arts and the NJ Historical commission through the Ocean County Cultural & Heritage Commission. 

Save The Date


Members-Only Cocktail Reception
to celebrate the opening of our new spring exhibit 

Friday, April 1, 2022

Board Member Spotlight: Judi Leone Joins our Board of Trustees

Judi Leone, well-respected in non-profit circles and a dedicated advocate for the arts, has joined our Board of Trustees. Starting her career as a teacher in the Toms River schools, Judi has also run her own business and served as a librarian. Her work with non-profits, which began in 1975, continues to this day. Judi has served on the Boards of 12 organizations, with an emphasis on the arts, including Algonquin Arts, Art Pride, Garden State Philharmonic, New Jersey Council on the Arts, United Way, Ocean County College and the Ocean First Foundation. As a result of her devotion to those organizations, Judi has been honored with numerous awards, including Volunteer of the Year, Distinguished Service Award, and a Humanitarian Award. She is eager to roll up her sleeves and get to work as a member of the Peto Board of Trustees.

John F. Peto Studio Museum
Officers and Trustees for 2022



President:  Linda Baxter
Vice President:  Barbara Hanna
Treasurer:  Wendy Bright-Fallon
Secretary:  Sue Swain


Eve Allison
Dennis Broschart
Delaney Burke
Elise Fialkowski
Marc Hajjar
Cynthia Kinstler 
Judith Leone
Frank Parisi
David Shipman


Amanda Alsheimer