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Last updated: 3/13/19

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 exhibits

Current exhibits
  • Location: The Mayor's Gallery, 5th Floor Boston City Hall
  • Dates: March 4 - April 14, 2019

India has a rich tradition of nurturing cultural and artistic heritage, but painting styles survive centuries only when adopted by unbroken generations of local people. One such artistic heritage to survive the ravages of time, conquerors, and neglect is the Madhubani School of Painting, still practiced in the villages located in the foothills of the Himalayas in eastern India. Sunanda Sahay grew up in Darbhanga, the heart of the Madhubani region in northern India. The region, part of Mithila, lies near the border of India and Nepal and carries a rich pastel of cultural legacy in art and literature. Artistic interests led Sunanda to seek out practitioners of the art from local villages and learn directly from them. Now she practices and popularizes the art in the U.S near Boston. She was also a winner of the City of Boston's 2018 Fay Chandler Emerging Artist Awards.

Sunanda Sahay artwork
  • Location: The Mayor's Neighborhood Gallery, 2nd Floor Boston City Hall
  • Dates: March 4 - April 5, 2019

"The Bay State: A Multicultural Landscape supporting MIRA" is a collection of informal, environmental portraits of ethnic diversity in Massachusetts. More than 400 photographs that represent more than 190 countries are touring the state. A companion book for donation to schools and libraries will bring awareness to our cultural diversity: subjects of various stations, foreign-born, naturalized U.S. citizens residing in the Commonwealth. Prompted by the 2010 Census, the seed was planted earlier on assignment at Ellis Island for a 1978 essay by role model Charles Kuralt. Unlike Chester's candid street photography, this is a straightforward approach: individuals looking into the camera, telling stories through expression, place, and pose.

Mark Chester photography
  • Location: Scollay Square Gallery, 3rd Floor Boston City Hall
  • Dates: March 5 - April 5, 2019

The art exhibited will demonstrate the power of art, artists and artmaking to address, confront, challenge, and indeed transform the impact of violence on individuals, families, communities, and nations. In 2019, we are hoping to focus, particularly, on the role of artists as activists able to address such issues as bigotry, inequality, and the abuse of power by the powerful. We asked artists to “Step Up” to the challenges posed by violence. Exhibit themes will include addressing issues of immigration, social justice and the revival of progressive American activism.

Lost at Sea by Beverly Rippel

Lost at Sea by Beverly Rippel

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

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.