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Last updated: 2/12/18

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.

Upcoming events

Upcoming events

Currently showing

Currently showing
  • Location: Scollay Square Gallery, 3rd Floor Boston City Hall
  • Dates: February 1 - February 28, 2018

The Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture is proud to present, "Portraits of Purpose: The Next Generation," a photo history exhibition by Don West that features photos from his book, "Portraits of Purpose: A Tribute to Leadership," which captures the images and stories of 110 African-American leaders and their diverse allies who have contributed to the advancement of the black community in Greater Boston. 

Portraits of Purpose photo

On February 8, 2018, "Portraits of Purpose: The Next Generation," hosted by Boston City Hall, will provide a symbolic passing of the “torch of justice” from leaders of the African American community to the youth of Boston with 120 high school students from the Boston Public Schools participating. African American leaders and their allies for social change featured in photographer Don West’s exhibit images from "Portraits of Purpose: A Tribute to Leadership," and subsequent book coauthored with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Kenneth J. Cooper, will be honored at the event. Through original theater and soul-stirring music, it will also shine an important light on our young people, encouraging them to overcome obstacles and work with their schools and communities to help create a city and world with a fair and level playing field for all.

  • Location: The Mayor's Gallery, 5th Floor Boston City Hall
  • Dates: January 15 - February 28, 2018, Artist Talk on February 23, 2018 at 12:00 pm in Room 801

Myron Belfast exhibit

Myron Belfast was born in Trinidad in 1969. His family immigrated to Boston in 1974. A resident of Dorchester, this self-taught artist has been making art since he was eight years old. Known for his Art Deco and Aztec-influenced charcoal drawings, Belfast also works in many other mediums, including sculpture and painting. Myron was the 2017 Best in Show Prize winner at this year’s Fay Chandler Emerging Artist Exhibition held at Boston City Hall.

“My artistic influences came about when I got a new job in the first skyscraper in Boston, an art deco building built in 1929, inside had some curved marble figures on the walls, they got me into doing little drawings of art deco type figures," Myron Belfast said. "I pulled out all my old art supplies and started playing around trying to find a new style that would stand out. I wanted the work to be different than anything I've seen, so I came up with a style I call grayscale, where I use charcoal to shade from a lighter to a darker shade with curves and swirl in multiples areas connecting the figure to the background and that will also fill the entire paper."

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.