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Last updated: 11/5/18

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
Winners of 2018 National Arts Program announced
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

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March Four Women
Mar 8

City Hall gallery exhibits recognize Women's History Month

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Currently showing

Currently showing
  • Location: The Mayor's Neighborhood Gallery (Second Floor), Scollay Square Gallery (Third Floor), and the Mayor's Gallery (Fifth Floor), Boston City Hall
  • Dates: October 8 - December 7, 2018

In the second annual Boston exhibition of the National Arts Program, Boston City employees and family members were invited to display their art in the galleries of Boston City Hall. There will be more than 120 works of art showing the hidden talents of employees from:

  • the Boston Fire Department
  • the Boston Police Department
  • Boston Public Schools, and
  • all Boston public employees.

On display will be sculpture, paintings and photographs.

National Arts Program artwork
  • Location: The Strand Theatre Gallery, 543 Columbia Road, Dorchester 
  • Dates: November 1 - December 7, 2018

"Triumph! Unsung Black Veterans in U.S. History (Duty-Sacrifice-Honor)” is an exhibit of oil paintings that celebrates men and women of color in U.S. history that have contributed to the greatness of our nation. A Boston-produced initiative by Haywood Fennell Sr. of Tri-Ad Veterans, the exhibit was commissioned by Artists for Humanities. The traveling oil paintings are part of Tri-Ad’s national effort to turn the artwork into a commemorative U.S. stamp collection. The exhibition will be on display from November 1 through December 7. The Strand Theatre Gallery is open during events at the theatre or by appointment.

Tri-Ad Veterans League, Inc., was founded by Haywood Fennell, Sr., and fellow concerned veterans attending colleges in the Tri-Ad area of North Carolina 30 years ago. Tri-Ad Veterans League, Inc., is committed to the principle of collaboration in working with other veterans organizations.  Their broad-based mission includes:

  • facilitating veteran involvement in community education and cultural projects
  • developing strategies for harm reduction in the areas of substance abuse
  • promoting prostate cancer and HIV/AIDS awareness, and
  • enhancing health services for veterans and removing health disparities.

tri-ad veterans league painting
  • Location: Third Floor Lobby Steps of Boston City Hall
  • Dates: November 5 - December 1, 2018

"The Heart Gallery" is a portrait exhibit presented by the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) since 2005. Professional and amateur photographers across the state volunteer their time and talent to create inspiring images of children waiting in foster care to find a place to call home. These portraits are displayed as photo panels and used in digital presentations.

The Heart Gallery
About The Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE)

The Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) is a private, nonprofit agency that exists to find adoptive homes for children and teens in foster care, including:

  • sibling groups
  • children of color of all ages, and
  • children with intellectual, physical, or emotional difficulties or disabilities.

They do this by recruiting, educating, supporting, and advocating for families throughout the adoption process. You can learn more about MARE online.

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.