Remembering Towata: Exposing the Change of Artworks


ALTON – The work of the late Arthur Towata is featured in a Feb. 4 reception at the Jacoby Art Center in Alton.

“Towata: A Celebration of Art” runs for another five weeks at the Simmons Hanly Conroy Gallery at the Jacoby Arts Center.

Due to the large number of his works, pieces were shot several times during the exhibition. Select pieces will also be on sale until March 5.

The Feb. 4 reception is scheduled for 6-8 p.m. at The Center, 627 E. Broadway. A closing reception is also scheduled for March 5.

Towata, an expert in singular ash-fired ceramics, died in November 2019 after living and working in Alton for more than 65 years. Instrumental in the founding of the Jacoby Arts Center, he owned the Towata Gallery at 206 W. 3rd St., Alton, and the Towata Studio at 603 Piasa St., where he taught and presented the work of other artists. He was inspired by the Mississippi River, local wildlife and dragonflies.

“Alton is a small community, and Alton has provided so much to those involved in making this town a wonderful place to live,” he once told the Telegraph. “It gave me energy and hope and helped me make many wonderful friends.”

Born November 7, 1933 in Los Angeles, he spent time in a Japanese-American internment camp in California with his family, a time in his life which he says inspired some of his work. He served in the Air Force before attending Southern Illinois University Edwardsville where he received a bachelor’s degree in 1962 and a master of fine arts/master of education in 1971.

For more information on the exhibit and receptions, visit or call 618-462-5222.


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