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.
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
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
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.
Through August 6, 2016
This summer, the Jacoby Arts Center presents “Social
Justice: Both Sides of the River,” including Freida
Wheaton's “Visualizing Life: Social Justice in Real Time,” first
exhibited at the Touhill Performing Arts Center and the Vaughn
Cultural Center in St Louis, with works by Marilyn Robinson, Jane
Sauer, Illinois-based artists Tiffany Cade, Mannie Garcia, Darnell
Malone, Edna Patterson-Petty, Sun Smith-Foret, and Angel Weber.
Local artist Christine Ilewski’s 8-year project portraying children
lost to gun violence titled “Faces Not Forgotten” will be displayed
in the East Gallery. Each artwork probes what it means to be a
member of, or outsider to, a system. Music, film, discussion,
throughout the month, is set against this powerful visual backdrop.
Visiting the Jacoby
Wednesday - Sunday: Noon - 4 pm
There is no charge to visit the Jacoby Arts
Visit the greatriverroad.com
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.
N 38 53.392
W 90 10.562
Learn more about the
- Official site of the Jacoby Arts Center