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Last updated: 9/11/17

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.

Galleries

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.

Currently showing

Currently showing
  • Location: 3rd floor Scollay Square Gallery and 3rd floor lobby, City Hall
  • Dates:  September 1- 29, 2017,
  • Reception: September 12, 5:30 - 7 p.m.

This year we are excited to host our 3rd annual Fay Chandler Emerging Art Exhibition and Awards. Fay Chandler is fondly remembered as champion and advocate of the arts and started her career as an artist later in life. Her legacy serves as an inspiration for this exhibition and to artists of all ages. The exhibition will highlight fresh, original contemporary work by Boston's emerging artist's at Boston City Hall during the month of September.

  • Location: Mayor's Gallery, 5th Floor of Boston City Hall
  • Dates: September 1 - September 9, 2017

Shun Liang, professional portrait and street photographer, travels the street of Boston photographing people from the neighborhoods all over the city and serves as a reminder of why Boston is such a great place to live. Liang graduated from Emerson with a MFA in media production in 2003.

  • Location: Mayor's Neighborhood Gallery, 2nd Floor
  • Dates: September 4 - September 29, 2017

The Opioid Project consists of 4-hour art and storytelling workshops with those touched by the opioid epidemic, including active users, individuals in recovery, first responders, and those grieving the loss of a loved one to overdose. The workshops create a safe space for individuals to process their personal experiences through art making and story sharing. Stories are audio recorded, and together with the art, contextualizing and bring to life the human costs of the epidemic.

  • Location: 8th floor Hallway, City Hall
  • Dates: September 4 - September 29, 2017

Historically, and in fairy tales women have been confined to towers. The high-rise section of the Suffolk County House of Correction that houses female inmates is commonly referred to as the Tower. These six Neighborhood Gallery artists had never touched a pastel and the majority said they were "terrible at art". Nevertheless, using pastels on paper the participants completed fifteen paintings for the exhibition. These paintings represent the vision of the women and are a testament to their courage, optimism, and resilience. The instructor, Peggy Rambach M.A., M.F.A., has studied pastel with local artists and is otherwise self-taught. 

  • Location: 3rd floor lobby steps, City Hall
  • Dates: September 4 - September 29, 2017

More than 20 years ago, the first Stumbling Stones for persecuted and murdered Jews in Berlin were laid in the district of Kreuzberg. 20 years later, more than 6600 Stumbling Stones lie in Berlin and and increasing interest in the project can be noted. Seven Kiosks will be placed around the lobby of City Hall with descriptions and history of the project that is installed in Berlin, Germany.

  • Location: 2nd floor lobby, City Hall
  • Dates: September 11 - October 6, 2017

Twenty-Five girls from Timilty-Middle School in Mission Hill and Umana School in East Boston collaborated on a unique, hands-on technology and art project this spring. The mission of the program was to inspire the girls and teach them the importance of collaboration and the promise of collaboration. Their final project was a video slideshow and a series of photos.

  • Location: Mayor's Neighborhood Gallery, 2nd floor, City Hall
  • Dates: September 6 - October 29, 2017

This exhibit is the result of workshops and events that center on recovery efforts from Boston's substance abuse community conducted with the women of the City of Boston recovery service residence, Entre familia. Working with Boston Air, mized-media artist L'Merchie Frazier and several women, with their children, participated. The scope of the themes that are the anchor for the quilts include questions of identity, imagination, parenting, children, citizenship and recovery.