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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.

Latest News

Latest News
Call to artists: reimagine City Hall
Hala Ashour, National Arts Program Winner
Oct 26

Winners of 2018 National Arts Program announced

Arts and Culture
Fay Chandler Emerging Artist Award winner
Sep 17

Winners of 2018 Fay Chandler Emerging Artist Awards announced

Arts and Culture
Jerry Russo exhibit
Jun 8

Several exhibits coming to City Hall galleries in June

Arts and Culture
BPS youth art month exhibit
May 2

Many exhibits on display this May at City Hall galleries

Arts and Culture

Currently showing

Currently showing
  • Location: 5th floor balcony, Boston City Hall
  • Dates: November 28, 2018 - January 10, 2019

The exhibition features contemporary quilts by a group of predominantly African-American women who have worked together over the past 20 years to incorporate their heritage into quilt-making. Sisters in Stitches, Joined by the Cloth (SISJBTC) celebrates culture, color, design, and tradition, and was formally established in 1997. The Guild meets every third Saturday of each month to sew, share ideas and techniques, and to celebrate their love of quilting. They currently meet at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Arlington, Massachusetts. SISJBTC guild members reside in the Greater Boston area and are joined together by their shared experience in quilting which focuses on the African American group's perspective.  The art of quilting has traveled across oceans, survived 400 years of slavery, and has been carried down by generations of family and friends. Over the centuries, those of African descent have joined together to make quilts as a way of sharing their joys, sorrows, traditions, and to celebrate their history. 

Sisters in Stiches quilt
  • Location: The Strand Theatre Gallery, 543 Columbia Road, Boston MA 02125
  • Dates: December 5 - January 30, 2019

Canvas Fine Arts (CFA) was founded in 2007 to assist visual artists with their art careers. In nine years, CFA has gone from a small gallery in Acton, Massachusetts, to a player on the world stage, representing well over 100 artists. With art having been exhibited locally and internationally, CFA engages corporate commissions with major players, such as the Legal Seafood Group and Revlon International.

Artists have received both national and international press. They have graced numerous magazine covers and received notable reviews. This exhibit features the work of Winifred Breines, Liza Carter, Frank Curran, Steve Levin, Matthias Lupri, Sydney Smith, and 2018 Fay Chandler Emerging Artist Award winner Sunanda Sahay.

Canvas fine arts painting
  • Location: Hallways throughout Boston City Hall
  • Dates: November 26 - January 25, 2019

The Climate Ready Boston poster exhibit is a civic engagement project with Boston's Greenovate Initiative and MassArt studio foundation students. After researching the Climate Ready Boston initiative, the students imagined a carbon free, climate ready Boston by 2030 through the exhibition of 350 posters throughout City Hall.

Climate Ready Boston poster exhibit
  • Location: The Mayor's Gallery, 5th Floor Boston City Hall
  • Dates: December 10 - January 31, 2019

Ruth LaGue grew up in Alaska, awed by the incredible vastness of the wild landscape. Traveling through India in her twenties, she became consumed by the landscape of the spirit — that limitless interior universe that lives in each of us. The marriage of the two experiences ignited a lifelong quest to connect the outer and inner within her paintings.  To her, landscapes represent fragments of time that will never be again; intimate moments of communion with something greater than herself; quiet meditations to which she bears witness. They compel her to paint.  She finds that the most exciting part of the creative process is observing the juxtaposition of colors and textures as they form a depth of field — how a simple dark line next to a light field of color can come alive and represent a landscape in its barest form. 

Ruth LaGue headshot
  • Location: The Mayor's Neighborhood Gallery, 2nd Floor Boston City Hall
  • Dates: January 1 - January 31, 2019

Variety is the spice of life. Diversity is what makes life interesting.

Stephen Levin's approach to photography is to include as much variety and diversity in subject matter and styles as possible. Instead of focusing on one category, he prefers to create images that cover a spectrum of approaches and can be included in different genres, including landscapes, portraits, nature, still life, and abstraction.  In each of these categories, he attempts to see life in new ways. 

While some images have been altered and manipulated, others are unaltered captures. Some of the images cross over from photography to painting, but they all begin as a photograph. Levin encourages the public to view, engage, and interpret each image in a manner that makes it a special experience that is unique to everyone. 

Variety is the Spice of Life by Stephen Levin
  • Location: The Scollay Gallery, 3rd Floor Boston City Hall
  • Dates: January 1 - January 31, 2019, reception on January 11

"Who We Art, What We Bring to Boston" is the third annual exhibit at Boston City Hall for the Haitian Artists Assembly of Massachusetts. Artwork by 30 Haitian artists of all ages is showcased in the exhibit. The reception on January 11 will commemorate the January 12, 2010, Haiti earthquake, and will include a book signing for the new version of "Migrating Colors: Haitian Art in New England."

Haitian art exhibit

Gallery locations

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.