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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.

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: Mayors Gallery, 5th floor
  • Dates: May 1 - May 31, 2017

These photos were taken in waiting rooms, offices, conference rooms and homes by Jacquelyn Lamont, a trained forensic interviewer and Director of Youth Safety and Outreach. The format and layout of the exhibit was created by graphic designer Mattie DiCola. The children, teens, adult survivors, and loving caretakers in this project represent just a fraction of the thousands who are sexually and physically abused each year in Massachusetts.

  • Location: Mayor's Art Gallery, 5th Floor
  • Dates: May 18 - June 27, 2017

This exhibition was curated by Monica Garza, Director of Education and Sean Snyder, Graphic designer and multimedia producer at ICA Boston. These photos are works that represent the ongoing conversation the students at the ICA have with their physical and social environments in an effort to better understand where they are and where we all are going.

  • Location: Mayor's Art Gallery, 5th Floor
  • Dates: April 10 - May 12, 2017

Chris Chou (Guggenheim Fellow 2007) Painting is an attitude about life. Painting gives me faith, because I know what I have been through. Painting teaches me to be humble, because there are so many Things I do not know. I see things very directly. I only select the form or color, which really speak to me. I am using personal symbols to tell the story of thing which I care. They come from nature and the relationship between people/things and God/me. I love color. I paint the color of red. I want to push red as far as it can go. Red is hot, red is blood, red is energy. I love form. I draw the form of circle. It could be an egg: the life itself. It could be a watermelon: the fruit that I enjoy. It could be a window: to lead you to another landscape. It could be an eye: but what an eye. I believe painting has the power to heal. I believe painting is my mission. My goal is simple, but is not easy. I want to make a great art. I want use it to share, to comfort, and to celebrate. Through my painting-- May you smell different season of life. Have a date with surprise! Or…. Just simply a smile.

  • Location: Scollay Square Gallery, 3rd Floor
  • Dates: April 10 - May 12, 2017

The Hyde Park Art Association is a non-profit organization that believes that art is a necessary part of human life. The association conducts programs that make art readily available in the neighborhood. Through education its intent is to foster an understanding and appreciation of the arts, to improve technical skills and to increase exposure of the work done by local artists.

  • Location: Scollay Square Gallery, 3rd Floor
  • Dates: May 18 - June 27, 2017

This exhibition will focus on the work of emerging photographers from the Greater Boston area and takes as its inspiration, a quote by Walker Evans: "Stare. It is the way to educate your eye and more. Stare, pry, listen, eavesdrop." The featured photography will explore the many ways that camera vision allows for staring.

Since 2001, Karen Haas has been the Lane Curator of photographs at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.