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Last updated: 6/18/18

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.

Currently showing

Currently showing
  • Location: 3rd Floor Lobby Steps, Boston City Hall
  • Dates:  June 7 - 30, 2018

Could building housing on top of — or next to — City buildings, such as libraries and community centers, benefit our communities? In January 2018, we asked local communities and developers whether combining housing and public  assets would work in Boston. We also asked where it should be done. City departments worked together to release a Request for Information and a list of public assets to consider. We plan to study all responses to better understand if this type of project is right for Boston.

  • Location: 5th Floor Balcony, Boston City Hall
  • Dates: June 1 - 30, 2018

The mural is a collective art piece from the 2017 Ruderman Inclusion Summit. About 1,400 people came to the Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center in Boston to talk about the inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of life. The piece is truly collective and inclusive, with multiple countries, many states, various colleges and universities, and tons of local involvement. The Ruderman Family Foundation believes that inclusion and understanding of all people is essential to a fair and flourishing community. They advocate for and advance the inclusion of people with disabilities in Boston, the U.S., and throughout our global society, and model the practice of strategic philanthropy worldwide. 

Ruderman Mural
  • Location: The Strand Theatre, 543 Columbia Road, Dorchester
  • Dates: June 4 - August 4, 2018

Chris Plunkett is a painter who works primarily with oils on canvas and wooden panels. Plunkett's work is most often inspired by the environments in which he regularly interacts. He focuses on reflections to help capture a snapshot of the controlled chaos, calmness, and overall beauty of the every day. The "Urban Landscape Series" is intended to make the viewer look closely at the beauty in blue-collar, Boston-based scenes. Plunkett's studio is located in Dorchester. He teaches Visual Arts full time in the Boston Public Schools. Plunkett received his B.A. in Visual Art from Plymouth State University, studied Art Education at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and received his M.A. in Education from Boston University.

Chris Plunkett photo
  • Location: 2nd Floor Mayor's Neighborhood Gallery
  • Dates: June 11 - July 11, 2018

In addition to the historic churches, temples, and mosques that dot the Boston skyline, sacred spaces are hidden around the edges of the City, just out of view. These chapels, meditation spaces, and prayer rooms serve a spiritual mission within otherwise secular institutions. Some were designed by well-known architects while others were created informally by people desiring a small retreat. They may be familiar and accessible or truly hidden from public view, but they all invite passers-by to pause, sit for a moment, and reflect.

Sociologist Wendy Cadge, architectural historian Alice Friedman, and photographer Randall Armor have documented more than 60 sacred spaces in and around greater Boston. Sites include municipal buildings, shopping malls, military installations, schools and universities, health care organizations, prisons, mental health centers, cemeteries, senior living communities, and rehabilitation centers. This remarkable project provides a glimpse into the life and history of the City from a sacred edge and an appreciation for what these spaces offer, both literally and symbolically, to residents and visitors alike.

  • Location: 3rd Floor Lobby Steps, Boston City Hall
  • Dates: June 7 - 30, 2018

First presented by the Norman B. Leventhal Map and Education Center in 2017, "Who We Are: Boston Immigration Then and Now" will be on display in the lobby of Boston City Hall for the month of June, in honor of Immigrant Heritage Month. Recent immigration has given Boston a new richness of ethnic, linguistic, and cultural diversity, with more countries than ever before represented among us. Boston’s foreign-born population, hailing from more than 130 countries, now accounts for 28% of the City’s total population, and the neighborhoods that make up Boston often tell unique stories of diversity and change. "Who We Are" celebrates this vibrant diversity, comparing the landscape of today’s “new” Boston with that of over 100 years ago. The exhibition is presented in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Advancement, whose mission is to strengthen the ability of immigrants and Boston’s diverse cultural and linguistic communities to fully participate in the economic, civic, social, and cultural life of our great City. The office also works to promote the commemoration and public understanding of the contributions of immigrants to Boston. 

Boston neighborhoods map
  • Location: The Scollay Square Gallery, Third Floor Boston City Hall
  • Dates: June 18 - July 20, 2018

In 2015, artists Raquel Fornasaro, Rachel Tine, and Lauren Hayes were named as finalists in the City of Boston's Emerging Artists Competition.

Raquel Fornasaro, born in São Paulo, Brazil, moved to the U.S. where she attended the Fine Arts program at the Corcoran School of Art+Design in Washington, D.C. Working with oils and image manipulation, Fornasaro creates narratives that question the social understanding of our relationship with the space we inhabit, drawing the viewers through a humorous inquiry into the prospects of life. Fornasaro’s work has been shown in multiple venues including several museums, Boston City Hall, Boston University, Harvard’s Crossing Gallery, and MIT Media Lab.

When Rachel Tine started working on her series "Invisible Fractures: The Enduring Trauma of Emotional Abuse" in 2016, she was stuck in the most abusive relationship of her life. As a low-income single mom, she saw no way out of her relationship, so she used art to help others in similar situations. Twenty-two people from across the United States participated in the series, sharing their stories of trauma and survival in order to offer hope to others, as well as create a personal sense of peace and empowerment. She is currently working on an uplifting series involving people with many years of sobriety from opiates, in order to provide hope and new paths forward for individuals and communities impacted by this devastating issue.

Lauren Hayes' paintings depict intimate spaces and private moments as an invitation for what at first may be voyeurism, but has the potential to be a genuine emotional understanding. They create the illusion of time passing while acknowledging their own stillness by describing a dialogue between the figure and the environment that it inhabits. The ephemeral quality of the figures coupled with cinematic stylistics allow for this static while maintaining moments of firmness.

Rachel Tine photo
  • Location: 2nd Floor Boston City Hall
  • Dates: June 18 - July 18, 2018

The 2018 Pics in the Parks series encouraged photographers of different expertise levels to capture amazing photos at four iconic parks during the spring. Photographers explored Horatio Harris Park in Roxbury, Moakley Park in South Boston, Chandler Pond in Brighton, and Winthrop Square in East Boston. This series was instructed by professional photographer Ryan McMahon and was hosted by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department.

Upcoming exhibits

Upcoming exhibits
  • Location: The Mayor's Gallery, 5th Floor Boston City Hall
  • Dates: June 25 - July 30, 2018

The great photographer Walker Evans shot photographs of people on the New York City subway system between 1938 and 1941 using a camera painted black and hidden in his coat. With an iPhone, Jerry Russo has been following in Evans' footsteps by photographing people on MBTA buses and subway trains since 2013. "Alone Together" is an examination of people while confined to the crowded spaces of the T. Russo strives to capture people when their guard is down and the mask is off, showing a vulnerability in the faces of those weary from work after longs days and tiresome commutes.

Jerry Russo exhibit

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.