Anthony A. Vestuto

May 27, 1929August 13, 2013

Anthony A. (Tony) Vestuto, age 84, of Bloomington, died Tuesday afternoon at the Hospice House in Bloomington, IN., surrounded by his family. Born May 27, 1929 in Chicago, Illinois, he was the son of Antonio and Aurelia Vestuto. Mr. Vestuto earned a BFA in painting from Illinois Wesleyan University and an MFA in sculpture and painting from Southern Illinois University. He was a gifted artist and educator, teaching eighteen years for the Brown County School Corporation. Before that, he was an Instructor for the Herron School of Art in Indianapolis, a tenured Associate Professor at Illinois Wesleyan University, and a Visiting Professor in Sculpture at the University of Illinois. His teaching credits also include Lincoln College, Lincoln, IL; Clinton, Illinois Fine Art Center; Bloomington-Normal Art Association, Bloomington, IL; Bloomington, Illinois Adult Education Program; Southern Illinois University, Carbondale; and Hadley-Luzerne Central School, Lake Luzerne, NY. Tony was a prolific artist, producing a huge body of work throughout his professional life. His paintings and sculptures are held in permanent collections in New York, Illinois and Indiana. His works have been exhibited and have received a host of awards in juried national, regional, and local art shows and craft fairs throughout the East and Midwest, and he has presented in numerous non-juried individual and group shows in Indiana, Illinois, and Ohio. Tony, along with his wife Pat, owned and operated the Brettony Fine Arts & Crafts Center in Bloomington from 1972 to 1977 where he was involved in production and sales as well as teaching classes in ceramics, painting, photography, sculpture, and drawing. He retired from teaching in 1992, but continued to lead a dynamic life, creating his own art while traveling, doing consulting work, and collaborating with individual artists in Arizona, Florida, California, and Indiana. Tony was also an avid nature and animal lover. Tony’s exuberant spirit and zest for life will be greatly missed by all those who knew him. As a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War, he will receive full military honors. Tony is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Patricia (Payne) Vestuto, of Bloomington; a daughter, Anne Vestuto and her husband Nathan Montoya, of Madison, IN; two sons and their wives, Jon and Cathie Vestuto, of Bloomington, and Andrew and Donna Vestuto, also of Bloomington; one grandson, Adrian Montoya, of Baltimore, Maryland; and one step-brother, Earl Riggs, of Bloomington. He was preceded in death by his parents and a younger brother. A private visitation will be held at Day Funeral Home in Bloomington. A public memorial celebration service will be announced for a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the ASPCA, or the family can be contacted for suggestions of local arts charities.


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Ralph Komives

March 27, 2014

I took my first sculpture and ceramics classes with Tony in 1962 at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois. He greatly influenced the direction of my life. Thank you Tony Vestuto, you did good.

James Eakle

October 9, 2013

Tony was my teacher threw all my years at Brown County High School. I have always had a love of art. Tony helped me make the right path to travel and to always remember who I was. He always treated everyone the same. He would never try to change the way you felt or what you wanted to do. All he would say was do it and be proud of what you have done.You will be dearly missed Tony


September 8, 2013


August 30, 2013

When I first met Tony, I was behind the desk at Mather Lodge, Petit Jean State Park in Arkansas. Tony gave me a hard time from the word go. I enjoyed being able to visit with him, his wife, daughter and his daughter's family. He inspired me to keep writing poetry. I even sent him most of the poems that I had written. No matter how long it had been since I had talked to him last, he always made me feel as if I was one of his greatest finds.

It didn't take long to really care about this man and his family. I am so sorry for your loss. He was such a wonderful man. My thoughts and prayers are with you always. May God bring you peace.

With much love,
Kathy Webb
Petit Jean Mountain, Arkansas

Rachel (Marschke) Bish

August 23, 2013

I have the fondest memories of Tony as my art teacher. I still have the drawing books he graded for me in the early 80's. He enriched a lot of lives, and left us all with loving memories. Today, I will hold those memories a little closer to my heart. My deepest condolences.

Jennifer Best

August 19, 2013

My heartfelt condolences for your loss. Tony was my favorite teacher at BCHS - he could always bring a smile to my face or come up with a pithy remark to shock or amuse. His patience, wit, and humor gave his students the freedom to be whatever they wanted to be, and we couldn't thank him enough for that. He was much loved, and will be missed.

Christena Hargis

August 19, 2013

Tony was my teacher threw all my years at Brown County High School. I have always had a love of art and Tony helped me in many ways to develop my talents. When the leaves change this fall in Brown County we will know that Tony painted them just for us.Tony will be missed but never forgotten

Daryl Fischer and Family

August 18, 2013

Heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Anthony Vestuto. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this time of sorrow. He will be missed.

Kari Kelly

August 17, 2013

He was my high school art/sculpture teacher as well the neighbor of a family friend. When I was in his class, I tried to make coffee mugs for my mom for Mother's Day as a part of our class project. I used to come in before and after school to work on them. The finished product was such a disaster that I cried. He surprised me by making a set of 6 mugs for me to give to my mom in their place because he knew how hard I'd tried and how disappointed I was. The coffee mugs are still in my mother's cabinet today.
He was a nice man and a very kind teacher. My sincerest condolences to the family.

Greg Whitaker

August 17, 2013

Tony Vestuto is a huge reason that I am and have been a successful professional photographer for over 25 years. His wit, wisdom and encouragement helped me to find confidence and consider that even though most were telling me I'd never make a living at it, I could if I worked hard enough, We talked alot about commercial art and I learned so much. Tony's friendship was important to me and I am so thankful to have known him during that very important part of my life. Thought of him every time I drove by the house on 46.