(ISLAND HEIGHTS, NJ) -- The John F. Peto Studio Museum presents a Thomas Eakins in New Jersey exhibition from May 1 through June 27, 2021. Thomas Eakins (1844-1916), an American realist painter, photographer, sculptor and fine arts educator, was mostly known as a Philadelphia painter; however, Eakins spent important time in New Jersey using his brush and camera to present activities he enjoyed in the marshlands, as well as the work of the shad fishermen in Gloucester County in southern New Jersey.
Eakins involved a small group of students known as “The Boys.” These young men became collaborators and comrades with Eakins, engaged in the pursuit of art. Edward Boulton of Point Pleasant was one of these “Boys.” He was given a large collection of photographic prints and oil studies by Eakins and his wife, Susan. These materials and the generous access given to them by Boulton’s descendants are the genesis of this exhibition.
“We are pleased to be able to partner with Pedersen Galleries on this first presentation of the New Jersey aspect of Eakins’ work, and to celebrate the achievements of one of America's greatest realists,” says Harry Bower, art curator for the John F. Peto Studio Museum.
Admission - Adults: $10 | Children 12 and Under & Members: FREE | Seniors (62+) and Students: $8. The museum will reopen Thursday, April 1st, for tours by appointment only. Required safety precautions will be in effect, including masks and social distancing. For an appointment, please call 732.929.4949 and leave a detailed message, and someone will return your call with available hours. Required safety precautions will be in effect, including masks and social distancing.
John F. Peto Studio Museum is located at 102 Cedar Avenue in Island Heights, New Jersey. The museum is dedicated to preserving the legacy of the artist, and celebrating the history of his life, family and work. Our permanent collection displays artworks, furniture and artifacts original to the house, historic photographs and more.
This program is made possible in part by a grant administered by the Ocean County Cultural & Heritage Commission from funds granted by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Additional funding was received from the Pheasant Hill Foundation. This exhibition was co-curated by Harry Bower of the John F. Peto Studio Museum, and Roy Pedersen of Pedersen Galleries, Lambertville, NJ, who provided the research materials and access to the artists’ work.