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Last updated: 11/13/17

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.

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: 2nd floor Mayor's Neighborhood Gallery, 3rd floor Scollay Square Gallery, 5th floor Mayor's Art Gallery, 8th floor hallway, City Hall
  • Dates: October 2 - November 22, 2017

National Art Program Exhibition

As part of Boston's first Exhibition of The National Arts Program, Boston City employees and immediate family members were invited to display their art at Boston City Hall. There are over 200 works of art on display, including fiber arts, paintings, sculptures and photographs.

Winners of the National Art Program Awards include:

Amateur Adult Category

  • First Place: James Tran of Dorchester
  • Second Place: James Belmore of South Boston
  • Third Place: Paul Chevrette of West Roxbury

Intermediate Adult Category

  • First Place: Susan Cascino of Jamaica Plain
  • Second Place: Elizabeth Raymond of Arlington
  • Third Place: James Kennedy of Jamaica Plain

Adult Professional Category

  • First Place: Alisa Rodny of Watertown
  • Second Place: Constance Cummings of Hingham
  • Third Place: Matt Koestner of Hyde Park

Youth 12 & Under Category

  • First Place: Justin Tran of Dorchester
  • Second Place: Ella Larade of South Boston
  • Third Place: Julissa Garcia of Roxbury

Youth Teen Category

  • First Place: Julian Martinez-Garcia of East Boston

Best in Show

Marc Vaillancourt of Tewksbury

 

  • Location: 2nd floor lobby, Boston City Hall
  • Dates: November 1 - November 30, 2017

The Marble Collection

Supported by UMass Boston’s student-run newspaper, The Mass Media, The Marble Collection, nonprofit publisher of the Massachusetts High School Magazine of the Arts, announces its Pop-Up Gallery at Boston City Hall, showcasing the works of its published Massachusetts teen artists and writers from November 1, 2017 through November 30, 2017. The Pop-Up Gallery is an exhibition of Massachusetts’ students, grades 8 to 12, whose writing, poetry, artwork, and photography are published in The Marble Collection’s award-winning online and print magazine. The exhibition is free and open to the public and will reside in the 2nd Floor Lobby, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.

Upcoming Exhibits

Upcoming Exhibits
Contact: Arts and Culture

Location: The Scollay Square Gallery, 3rd Floor Boston City Hall & 5th Floor Balcony

Dates: November 27 - December 29, 2017

Circle of Life Quilt Created by Carleen Farrell

The Proper Bostonian Quilters Guild is a diverse and vibrant group dedicated to the art and appreciation of all things “quilt”. They have over 100 members hailing from every Boston neighborhood, and surrounding towns. PBQ members are committed to community outreach and actively seek out ways to provide comfort (quilts and pillowcases) to people in need. Several of their quilts will be on display throughout Boston City Hall for the holidays, with many of them featuring festive colors and designs.

Location: The Mayor's Gallery, 5th Floor Boston City Hall

Dates: November 20 - December 29, 2017

Boston Cornerstone Project
Using structural cornerstones as a guide, photographer Mike Ritter explores Boston’s geography and history in his Boston Cornerstones project.  He documents and artistically captures the city’s present architecture, institutions, residents, culture, politics, traditions, weather, and current events as they turn into the past. Ritter has been a freelance photographer in Boston since 2005 working for its institutions and making portraits of its residents.  He is the President of the New England chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), a national organization which educates and advocates for professional photographers.  If you find a cornerstone, he'd love for you to share it on bostoncornerstones.com.  Mike lives in Dorchester with his wife and two daughters.

Location: Mayor's Neighborhood Gallery, 2nd Floor Boston City Hall

Dates: December 1 - 29, 2017

Jamaica Plain Porchfest

 This photography exhibit features the work of four professional photographers who captured the excitement and diversity of the 3rd Annual Jamaica Plain Porchfest this past July. JP Porchfest included 200 bands playing on 80 porches, as well as “porches” for theatre, dance, storytelling, spoken word, Politicians Porch and more.  JP Porchfest is an event that builds community across the divides of race, class and culture – through the powerful vehicle of the arts. The four photographers whose work is featured in the exhibit include Jane Akiba, Sue Dorfman, Olivia Deng and Joni Lohr.