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Last updated: 5/2/19

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: April 16 - May 31, 2019

Brackett's paintings combine ice-locked landscapes and quotations of American leaders, philosophers, and activists. His work aims to comment on issues posed by the current presidential administration. Seen for the first time in a governmental setting, the show highlights the responsibility and trust of elected officials. It also points to the power of the collective moral will wielded by the citizens who elect them. Brackett's disappointment in the presidential election led him to take many walks. His worries resonated with the frozen wild places he explored. He felt that the election marked a chilling of American morals.

Matt Brackett graduated with a BA in painting from Yale University, and studied at the Chautauqua Institution. He has held residencies at both Yaddo and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. His exhibitions include Boston’s Alpha Gallery, the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, and the Yale University Art Gallery. He has received many awards and recognitions. Brackett’s work is in private collections in England, Germany, India, and the United States.

Bitter Chill by Matt Brackett

  • Location: The Scollay Square Gallery, 3rd Floor Boston City Hall
  • Dates: April 27 - May 31, 2019

The exhibition will feature a broad range of art, including photography, watercolor, oil painting, and sculpture. The Hyde Park Art Association is a nonprofit organization that believes that art is a necessary part of human life. The association conducts programs that make art readily available in the neighborhood. Through education, its intent is to foster an understanding and appreciation of the arts, to improve technical skills, and to increase exposure of the work done by local artists.

Hyde Park Art Association Artwork
  • Location: Third Floor City Hall Mezzanine
  • Dates: May 1 - 31, 2019

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 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.

  • Location: Mayor's Neighborhood Gallery, 2nd Floor Boston City Hall
  • Dates: May 1 - 31, 2019

The Chinese American Fine Art Society (CAFAS), founded in 1997 in Boston, is an art group that includes Chinese painting and calligraphy, oil painting, poems, and all media in visual art. In its first exhibition at Boston City Hall, CAFAS novices and expert calligraphers will display their art, which emphasizes the importance of calligraphy both as an art form and as a way to promote physical and mental well-being.

Chinese American Fine Art Society artwork
  • Location: City Hall Mezzanine
  • Dates: May 1 - 31, 2019

In honor of May being Preservation Month, photographs of designated Boston Landmarks by Bay Village Historic District Commissioner Steve Dunwell will be displayed above the City Hall mezzanine. The photographs include Boston Common and Parkman Bandstand, Christian Science Church and Plaza, the Flour and Grain Exchange, the South End Landmark District, Alvah Kittredge House, Old State House, Paramount Theatre, and the Opera House.

Preservation Month banners
  • Location: City Hall Mezzanine, 3rd Floor, Boston City Hall
  • Dates: May 7 - 31, 2019

In recognition of May as Asian-American Heritage month, Boston’s Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association and the Chinese Historical Society of New England are displaying a seven-panel exhibit that is on loan from the Stanford University Chinese Railroad Worker Project. This exhibit details the untold story of Chinese railroad workers who were hired in China and brought to America in the 1860s.

It is estimated that 12,000 to 15,000 Chinese workers were recruited to build the Transcontinental Railroad over the Sierra Mountains and into the interior plains. By the time the Transcontinental Railroad was completed at Promontory Summit, Utah, on May 10, 1869, Chinese laborers made up more than 90 percent of Central Pacific’s workforce. The Chinese constructed the railroads in severe weather and dangerous working conditions, including blasting tunnels through granite peaks. As a result, many lives were lost.

railroad exhibit

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

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Fay Chandler Emerging Artist Award winner
Sep 17

Winners of 2018 Fay Chandler Emerging Artist Awards announced

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Jerry Russo exhibit
Jun 8

Several exhibits coming to City Hall galleries in June

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BPS youth art month exhibit
May 2

Many exhibits on display this May at City Hall galleries

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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.