September 21 through December 15, 2019

The John F. Peto Studio Museum is pleased to present Trompe l’oeil Meets Photorealism from September 21 through December 15, 2019. This new exhibition will compare 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.”

The exhibit will feature New Jersey artists Jill Alexander, Ann Marie Fitzsimmons, Kirsten Kraa, Karen Martin and Ed Potters, as well as Natalie Featherston (Rhode Island), Jeri MacDonald (New York) and Abbey Ryan (Pennsylvania).

Just in time for the opening, the John F. Peto Studio Museum will be participating in Museum Day, an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide free entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket. The Museum Day ticket provides free admission for two people on Saturday, September 21, 2019. Tickets are available at


Peter Kellogg
Ocean County Cultural and Heritage Commission

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