Jacoby Arts Center nurtures and promotes the practice and appreciation of the arts through education, exhibitions, cultural programming, and outreach initiatives.
The Art Center occupies the former Jacoby's Furniture building in downtown Alton. The Main Floor features an Artist Shop, Art Galleries & Performance Space, while the Lower Level features an Art Classroom, Ceramics Studio, and Artist Studios.
The Jacoby Furniture store opened on Broadway in the late 1890s. For years the store had a morgue in the basement, a funeral chapel on an upper floor and sold caskets. The original section of the building has 14-foot tin ceilings, hardwood floors and massive columns that offer a distinguished setting for art displays, music and theater. While home from college during the mid 1940s, Jack Jacoby wrapped and plastered the building's original 1890s cast iron columns to create the distinctive modern sculptural forms to update the store.
Scheduled exhibitions, on now and upcoming