Crossing the Clark Bridge to
comb the antique shops or scout for eagles along the Great River Road, you will
find the Jacoby Arts Center, 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 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 March 28, 2019
Laura Lebeda: Sacred
Creatures, Sacred Spaces -This solo exhibit
features charcoal renderings and mixed media - focusing on
the beauty, strength and fragility of nature. Laura writes
“My intention is to invite viewers to look closer and see
the sacred in our everyday lives. The purpose of my artwork
is to encourage further exploration and contemplation of the
strength, fragility and beauty of the natural world, and our
human relationship within it.”
April 3 - April 28, 2019
Regional High School Art
Exhibition: This annual event is an
opportunity for students to receive recognition and exposure
for their original two- and three-dimensional art work in a
professional environment. The exhibition also was a tribute
to the art teachers who inspire and refine their students’
talents. The exhibit features high schools within a 20-mile
radius of the Jacoby Arts Center and the artwork on display
was created as part of the school curriculum and chosen by
the schools’ art instructors.
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