Exhibition: Saturday, Oct 28 – Sunday, Dec 17, 2023

On behalf of the Board of Directors, Members, and Volunteers of the John F. Peto Studio Museum, welcome to A Peto Retrospective: Exploring Provenance and the Stories Behind the Paintings. This exhibit is one of the largest gatherings of Peto paintings since the 1983 exhibition at the National Gallery in Washington, D.C., when 64 paintings were on display.

We know that Peto often bartered for supplies or personal services in exchange for his paintings. That is how so many local families in Island Heights became the owners of these treasures. Some personal stories we know were passed down from his daughter Helen and granddaughter Joy: they gave an original Peto painting as a thank-you gift to an important art critic. Now, 75 years later, that artwork has returned to the museum. Where possible, actual objects in the paintings are displayed next to the artwork, giving our viewers a unique proximity to Peto’s subject matter. Please join us for this exhibit!


Don’t see a time slot that’s open? Check back soon for updated tour times.
24 hour advance registration is required.


Thank you to our 2023 Sponsors

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.