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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.

Current and Upcoming Exhibits

Exhibits
  • Location: The Mayor's Gallery, 5th Floor Boston City Hall
  • Dates: Now through December 2020

With its unique concept of collaboration and friendship, "Real F.R.I.E.N.D.S" offers a counterpoint to current events with fun, colorful pieces focused on themes of friendship and love. The intention of this exhibit is twofold: first, to invite the community to experience interdisciplinary collaborations constructed around Eversley’s artistic avatar Spencer Ward, a bold nerd. Second, "Real F.R.I.E.N.D.S" intends to reinforce the belief that a successful collaborative process strengthens communal bonds and generates dynamic creativity.

Photo of Real F.R.I.E.N.D.S exhibit, courtesy of Greg Caparell of Caparell Photography.

Come and visit the “Nerd in Love” Spencer Ward, as he explores artistic frontiers with the help of a host of fellow artists in a selection of diverse media. Graphic color blocks, iconic portraits, live painting, as well as interactive art (with appropriate hygiene/social distancing regulations in place of course), this is a show that won’t be soon forgotten. This show aims to demonstrate that the best relationships are ones built on trust and understanding — with a touch of humor, playfulness and flexibility thrown in.

Photo of Jamaal Eversley with Real F.R.I.E.N.D.S exhibit, courtesy of Greg Caparell of Caparell Photography.

"The History of Right Now" is about the changing way we view our future, our present, and our past now. In a world that has been dominated by storytelling through the white gaze, what does our history look like when told from Black people to Black people? OJ Slaughter's intention is to let Black and Brown people imagine a future where they have agency over their own stories. These are their photographs. This is the history of right now.

Artist Sophia Ainslie brightened up the eighth floor of City Hall with a new mural this past summer. As an extension of her project, she documented the reactions of City employees who walked by, and took photos of them with the mural.

  • Happening virtually, future exhibit in Scollay Square Gallery at Boston City Hall to be announced at a later date.

We asked creative-minded Bostonians to share their messages of care, including physical distancing, washing your hands, staying home, and checking in on seniors, to name a few. The messages can take the form of art, quotes, poems, collages, or any medium that you can transfer to your computer and send to us electronically to honor our frontline heroes, doctors, nurses, EMTs, police, fire, grocery store workers, custodians, transportation, food delivery and postal workers, teachers, loved ones, and more. Submissions were displayed online.

  • Location: Elevators throughout City Hall
  • Dates: June 2020 - June 2021

The Mayor's Poetry Program is an annual program in which Boston residents are invited to submit poems to be displayed throughout City Hall for one year. The 2020 theme was "Home", and 19 poems were selected by City of Boston Poet Laureate Porsha Olayiwola.

Read the 2020 Poems

Watch the Virtual Reading

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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.