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Last updated: 7/12/17

City Hall Galleries

The galleries at Boston City Hall promote and exhibit the work of Boston artists only.

You can find information about the galleries, as well as what's currently showing, on this page.

Call to artists

Want to exhibit your Artwork in City Hall? The galleries at Boston City Hall promote and exhibit the work of Boston artists.

Fay Chandler Emerging Artist Awards

We're excited to host our third annual Fay Chandler Emerging Artist Awards.

We are looking for fresh, original contemporary work. We'll display the art at Boston City Hall in the Scollay Square Gallery during September 2017. 

We will award $5,000 in prizes in three categories. It's also a great chance to get your art seen by the Boston arts community.

The deadline to apply is August 10.

Emerging Artist Awards information

Galleries

Mayor's Art Gallery

The Mayor's Gallery exhibits work by Boston artists who have received recognition for their artwork through grants, awards and other types of public display.

Directions: It's located on the 5th floor of City Hall. From City Hall Plaza or Congress St. entrances, take South Elevators to the 5th floor, follow signs to Mayor's Office: signage marks the gallery entrance. If you are planning to attend an opening you must enter from Congress Street.

Mayor’s Neighborhood Gallery

Directions: Located on the 2nd floor near the South Elevators. From City Hall Plaza or Congress St. entrances, take South Elevators to the 2nd floor.

Scollay Square Gallery

The Scollay Square Gallery showcases the many arts organizations and artists community groups that support Boston artists throughout the City.

Directions: It's located on the 3rd floor/main lobby of City Hall. When entering from Congress St, take elevators to 3rd floor, proceed through lobby, passing the information desk on your right. The gallery is ahead of you. When entering from City Hall Plaza, proceed through lobby, passing the information desk on your right. The gallery is ahead of you. Signage marks the gallery entrance. If you are planning to attend an opening you must enter from Congress Street.

Currently showing

Currently showing
  • Location: 3rd floor Scollay Square Gallery and 3rd floor lobby, City Hall
  • Dates: July 10 - August 18, 2017,
  • Reception: July 28, 5-7pm

Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture will host the “A Summer Proposal: Boston City Hall” Exhibition in the Scollay Square Gallery and the 3rd Floor Lobby as part of the Mayor’s Curator Program at Boston City Hall.

“A Summer Proposal: Boston City Hall” organized by Paul C. Ha, invited 8 Boston and Cambridge based artists to create work for the Boston City Hall.  The artists work in various mediums; film, video, sound, ceramic, digital, and painting but all kept in mind the back drop of the architecture designed by Kallmann McKinnell & Knowles built in 1968 where the works will be displayed.  All 8 artists teach at local universities and colleges. 

Artists include: Azra Akšmija / Mark Cooper / Sheila Gallagher / Andy Graydon / Nick Montfort / Ben Sloat / Mary Ellen Strom /Deb Todd Wheeler

  • Location: Mayor's display case, 5th Floor of Boston City Hall
  • Dates: June 27 - July 30, 2017

The City Archaeology Program was founded in 1993 to protect Boston's irreplaceable archaeological resources. Boston is the "City of Archaeology," with hundreds of known archeological sites within the City's borders. These sites record the Native American history of Shawmut, the name of the place we now call Boston, and tell the story of the founding of our nation.

  • Location: Mayor's Art Gallery, 5th Floor
  • Dates: July 3 - August 11, 2017

Jeremy Hetherington is a Boston based industrial designer and artist, who earned his BFA at Massachusetts College of Art in 2010. Cut pieces of paper are organized into imagery to form the artist's process of mindfulness. The work on display are excerpts from a large series of journal pieces based on current events & personal anxieties.

  • Location: Scollay Square Gallery, 3rd Floor
  • Dates: July 10 - August 18, 2017

"A Summer Proposal: Boston City Hall" organized by Paul C. Ha, invited 8 Boston and Cambridge based artists to create work for the Boston City Hall. The artists work in various mediums; film, video, sound, ceramic, digital, and painting. All 8 artists teach at local universities and colleges.

  • Location: Mayor's Neighborhood Gallery, 2nd Floor
  • Dates: July 15 - August 30, 2017

Tall ships "Sail Boston" was in June 2017! To help celebrate, Kevin Davis has images to reflect the following events: Sail Boston 2000, Op Sail Boston 2009, Op Sail Boston 2012, Op Sail Philadelphia 2015, Gloucester Schooner Festival, Camden Windjammer Festival, and Boothbay Windjammer Festival.