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Last updated: 8/20/18

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: The Mayor's Gallery, 5th Floor Boston City Hall
  • Dates: August 1-31, 2018

Jill Grimes has exhibited her paintings throughout New England and the United States, most recently at the Alpha Gallery in Boston, Holy Family University in Philadelphia, and the Dibden Center for the Arts at Johnson State College in Vermont. Her work has been reviewed by the Boston Globe and Art New England, and has been featured in New American Paintings and 100 Boston Painters. 

Jill Grimes painting
  • Location: The Scollay Square Gallery, 3rd Floor Boston City Hall
  • Dates: August 6 - September 21, 2018, awards ceremony on September 12 from 6 - 8 p.m. 

Fay Chandler was a Boston philanthropist and advocate for the arts. As an artist who started her career later in life, she serves as the inspiration for this exhibition and to artists of all ages. The awards are funded by a generous donation from the Galilean Fund in Fay Chandler's memory. The show comprises 52 works by artists who were selected by a distinguished jury from an open call that drew 114 applicants. The jurors for this year’s competition are:

  • Paul Ha, M.I.T.
  • Abigail Santinsky, Tufts University Art Galleries, SMFA at Tufts, and
  • Martina Tanga, Decodova/Sculpture Park and Museum.

In addition to a cash prize, each winner will also be granted a one-year complimentary membership in the Fort Point Artists Community and will be granted an Artist Certification by the City of Boston. Organized by the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture, the Fay Chandler Emerging Artist Exhibition features fresh, original and contemporary works of art created by Boston artists.

Emerging Artist Exhibit
  • Location: Boston City Hall Main Atrium
  • Dates: August 20 - October 5, 2018, opening reception on September 14 from 4 - 5:30 p.m. 

Boston-based artist Jeannie Simms's work is rooted in the history of photography and the moving image. She is interested in language, labor, citizenship, and migration. In 2017, she completed a project about immigration in the Italian town of Sant'Alessio in Aspromonte, where she worked with the city administration and the local immigrant community to create two participatory cyanotypes. Immigrants foraged abandoned residences for objects that reminded them of the concept of "home." With Simms, they arranged them on huge photosensitive cotton sheets and exposed them to the sunlight. The results are images of ghostly domestic objects that seem to float in a sea of blue, evoking the displacement endured by immigrants fleeing their homes. Boston City Hall will present two large panels, in conjunction with deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, in the main atrium of the building from August 20 through October 5, 2018. 

Simms's past shows and screenings include the Currier Museum, the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), San Francisco Camerawork, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Courtisane Video and New Media Festival in Belgium, the ICA in London, the ARS Electronica Center in List Austria, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Alternative Film Center in Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro, Los Angeles County Exhibitions (LACE), and the Tufts University Aidekman Art Gallery. She completed a residency at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and received a film commission from the Nara International Film Festival in Japan. Simms has been funded by Art Matters, the Cambridge Arts Council, and a Daynard Faculty Travel Fellowship from the SMFA. She is the Director of Graduate Studies at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston at Tufts University.

This project is part of an ongoing series of exhibitions featuring guest curators from Greater Boston's leading cultural organizations — such as the MIT List and the MFA, Boston — at Boston City Hall, as part of the Boston Creates Cultural Plan. Funding for the exhibition is provided by Boston City Hall.

Jeannie Simms artwork

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.