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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 and Upcoming Exhibits

Exhibits
  • Location: Happening online
  • Dates: June 26 - August 21, 2020, virtual reception on July 9 from 7 - 8:30 p.m.

The Hyde Park Art Association usually has an annual show at City Hall. But, due to COVID-19 precautions this year's exhibition will be shown virtually. The exhibition features the work of 31 HPAA members.

  • Happening virtually, future exhibit in Scollay Square Gallery at Boston City Hall to be announced at a later date.

We asked creative-minded Bostonians to share their messages of care, including physical distancing, washing your hands, staying home, and checking in on seniors, to name a few. The messages can take the form of art, quotes, poems, collages, or any medium that you can transfer to your computer and send to us electronically to honor our frontline heroes, doctors, nurses, EMTs, police, fire, grocery store workers, custodians, transportation, food delivery and postal workers, teachers, loved ones, and more. Submissions were displayed online.

This exhibit has been extended due to COVID-19.

Location: Third Floor Scollay Square Gallery, Boston City Hall

International Women's Day is a global celebration of the contributions of women and girls. Adapted by the United Nations in 1975, it is a day to celebrate the progress women have made while embracing opportunities for change in pursuit of gender equity. 2020 was the 100th anniversary of women's right to vote becoming part of the U.S. Constitution, so this year's event looked to the next 100 years of women's vote with a theme of, "Today's Girls, Tomorrow's Voters." We invited local artists to submit posters inspired by things such as the 19th amendment and women's suffrage, and we awarded the following prizes: 

  • First Prize: $250 cash plus image to appear in Dig Boston, awarded to Melissa Pandina
  • Second Prize: $150 cash, awarded to Ari Hauben
  • Third Prize: 2 winners at $50 each, awarded to Dara Herman Zierlein and Peter Zierlein

  • Location: Mayor's Gallery, Fifth Floor Boston City Hall
  • Dates: Postponed, dates to be announced

Mark Tortorella is a self-taught artist who grew up in Duxbury and went to Duxbury public schools. He later attended Harvard, and then Harvard Business School. He has always been creative, but never really found the time to pursue art in earnest until a couple of years ago. He likes the style of trompe l’oeil (French for 'trick of the eye’) because it almost forces people to engage with the paintings as they try to figure out what’s real and what isn't - optical illusions with compelling narratives is what he aims for. Biggest highlight of my art career so far is winning this award! Mark is a 2017 winner of the Fay Chandler Emerging Art Exhibition's "New to Making Art Award."

  • Location: Third Floor Lobby Steps
  • Dates: Postponed, dates to be announced

 "Hometown: Re-presenting Boston's Chinatown as a Place of People – Then and Now" is a multimedia exhibit that explores the streets and public spaces of Boston's most dynamic and historic neighborhoods. In addition to the 12 sets of painted figures that have been showing around town since 2016, Bunker Hill has printed out, with its facilities, in large size, all 252 photo-portraits taken in Chinatown in front of a historic backdrop during the project. Most of the pictures are being shown on the walls of the gallery, the rest are projected. This completes, very satisfactorily, the "Then & Now" objective of the project in representing the complex humanity of the community in history as well as in the present. 

  • Location: Scollay Square Gallery, 3rd Floor Boston City Hall
  • Dates: August 24 - September 30

In the past decade, the opioid epidemic has swept across the United States, laying waste to inner cities, suburbs, and small towns. It is now the deadliest drug crisis in American history, with overdose fatalities the leading cause of death for adults under the age of fifty. New England is particularly hard hit, and efforts to raise awareness of both the problem and the interventions that can prevent overdoses from becoming fatal are especially important in this region. Artistic expression has long been an effective vehicle to explore critical societal issues and engage communities. "Human Impact: Stories of the Opioid Epidemic", an exhibition at Fuller Craft Museum, aims to broaden awareness of the opioid epidemic and its ruinous effect, while offering messages of hope, resiliency, and recovery.

"Human Impact: Stories of the Opioid Epidemic" brings together eleven artists working in craft-based media to explore the consequences of the opioid crisis through the lens of those who have been deeply impacted. To inform the creative process, the invited artists participated in substance use training by High Point Treatment Center, and then met with affected families for intimate conversations about their experiences with opiates. These informative actions were designed to inspire the commissioned works exhibited at Fuller Craft.

  • Location: Mayor's Neighborhood Gallery, 2nd Floor Boston City Hall
  • Dates: December 1 - December 30, 2020

Boston Harbor Now's photo contest invites visitors to submit a photo that captures something special about the Boston Harbor and its islands. Whether it’s the natural beauty, the opportunity to view wildlife, the enjoyment of recreation and community activities, or the rich history to be discovered, each of us has a reason we are drawn to the harbor. Over the last four years, hundreds of photographers have submitted photos that capture every nook and crany of Boston Harbor show daily life of fisherman, to the serene sunrises from Lovells Island. These photos from Summer 2019 reflect the seasons on the Harbor from Peddocks Island to Georges Island.  

Update: This exhibit was cut short in March due to the COVID-19 crisis. You can view the exhibit online.

Each year, we showcase the work of young Boston Public Schools artists from across the district. The works on display reflect the quality instruction of our teachers and the dedication, skill development, and creativity of our students.

  • Location: Elevators throughout City Hall
  • Dates: June 2020 - June 2021

The Mayor's Poetry Program is an annual program in which Boston residents are invited to submit poems to be displayed throughout City Hall for one year. The 2020 theme was "Home", and 19 poems were selected by City of Boston Poet Laureate Porsha Olayiwola.

Read the 2020 Poems

Watch the Virtual Reading

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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.