Visitors Guide to the
Jacoby Arts Center
627 E. Broadway
Alton, Illinois 62002

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Crossing the Clark Bridge to comb the antique shops or scout for eagles along the Great River Road, you will find the new Jacoby Arts Center is an exciting stop to enrich your itinerary. Housed in the renovated 1899 Jacoby furniture store on Broadway this three-story, 40,000-square-foot brick building was donated to the Madison County Arts Council by C. J. Jacoby and Co., Inc. and opened as an art center in 2004. In this new facility you will find a sparkling art gallery, a dynamic educational facility, and an array of exquisite artisans' crafts.

Classes for adults and children feature native arts such as pottery, stained glass, mosaics, watercolor, colored pencil explorations, Christmas gourd ornaments and book arts using Japanese binding techniques and handmade paper from garden plants, farmer's crops and recycled paper.

A small gift shop offers choice items by native artists: a crimson snow-flake twill scarf woven in silk and merino wool, delicate white-on-white raku pots, CDs of original music composed in honor of the Clark Bridge and North American Indians, artful cards, meltin-your-mouth English toffee, and baskets filled with the makings of your own masterpiece.

The Jacoby Arts Center is a beacon in downtown Alton, attracting community interest and art lovers from across the country. Over the next few years, the council plans to refurbish the rest of the building and has plans to have a music conservatory and studio space, where the public could view artists in action on the second and third floors. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 10 pm to 5 pm and Sundays 12 pm to 4 pm. Admission is free and members are entitled to discounts on classes and gifts. Treat yourself to the discovery of a wealth of local talent, creative opportunities and the renaissance of River Bend culture. Class schedules and the current newsletter will be sent upon request by calling 618-462-5222.

  April 29 - June 19, 2016
Mississippi River Photo Shootout: This exhibition brings together a collection of outstanding contemporary photographs interpreting, documenting, and celebrating the Mississippi River and life along the river. Photographs submitted for the juried exhibit were allowed to be taken anywhere along the river from its Minnesota headwaters to the Gulf of Mexico. Photographs could be of any subject including, but not limited to, sights and scenes depicting riverscapes, recreation, commerce, wildlife, weather conditions, nature and natural phenomena. The river itself did not need to appear in a photograph to be eligible for the exhibition, but to be considered the subject matter had to have a direct relationship with the river.

Visiting the Jacoby Arts Center
     Visiting Hours
          Monday: Closed
          Tuesday - Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm
          Sunday: 12 pm - 4 pm
There is no charge to visit the Jacoby Arts Center.

Visit the art trail section for more art related attractions and events in the Middle Mississippi River Valley.

Directions: The Jacoby Arts Center is located at 627 E. Broadway, east of the Alton Visitors Center. Parking can be found on the street or in the lot behind the building.

GPS Coordinates
N  38  53.392
W 90  10.562

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