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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

  • Location: The Mayor's Neighborhood Gallery, 2nd Floor, Boston City Hall
  • Dates: June 2 - July 30, 2021

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"Centered to Rise" is a teen-curated collection of photography made during the Special Focus and Advanced Photography programs at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, (ICA) during the spring of 2021. As these young people reemerged after a year of lock-down during a worldwide pandemic, they focused their cameras on the new world that they found themselves in. Whether their lives had now been drawn more closely inward, or whether they reached out again to reestablish old norms, the sights they bear witness to here shed light upon the unique and impressive situations that young people were in during this upheaval and recovery.  

These photographers found inspiration throughout their everyday experiences and then brought conversation, reflection, and encouragement to their work and the work of their peers until together we discovered a group theme as it organically manifested. We continued to be the source of our own resilience, to be in community and express visually what we were seeing and feeling during a heavy time of unknown futures. Every week was another week where showing up online to be with each other was a source of inspiration and creative energy. The type of energy that creates encouragement for the heart to have inspirations for more.  

Teen arts education is central to the ICA. The Digital Photography program is just one of many teen arts programs offered at the museum. The ICA’s award-winning teen program serves thousands of area youths annually. We believe that robust arts education — including learning by doing — is critical to building future artists, audiences, and engaged citizens, and we aim especially to create a more equitable education for urban youths.

Please visit the ICA teens website to learn more about these programs and to view additional images by these photographers.

Curated by Sasja Lucas.

The 32nd Annual HPAA Members Exhibition features these 33 artists:
Nancy Ahmadifar; Myrna Balk; Dotti Baker; Phyllis Bluhm; Robert Boyle; Patricia Burson; David Dauer; Alan DeMola; Linda Eyster; Erik Gehring; Mary Harman; Matt Harman; Carol Johnson; Larry Johnson; Rob Larsen; Catherine Lawrie; Suzette Lebenzon; Joni Lohr; Sasja Lucas; Nancy Marks; Kay Mathew; Erica Nazzaro; Kathy O’Brien; Maritza Ranero; Judith Robichaud; Adele Rothman; Tamara Safford; Jan Shapiro; Susan Strouse; Donna Tessari; Ann Turley; Al Wallstrom; Richard Youngstrom.

The Curry College Seniors Exhibition features these eight artists:
Xander Bueti; Jozias Colon; Dominique Foody; Adrianna Lombardi; Kate McDermott; Mariah Ross; Samantha Stewart; Forrest Valiquette

The Mayor's Poetry Program is an annual program in which Boston residents are invited to submit poems to be displayed throughout City Hall and in an online gallery for one year. Our Poet Laureate Porsha Olayiwola selected 18 poems in 2021.

Read the 2021 Poems

We're asking the Boston art community to share their inspiration for the upcoming year with an online exhibition.  Through the eyes of our fellow Bostonians we are hoping to capture the concerns and spirit of our resilient city of Boston.   

Submit artwork

View the virtual exhibit

This exhibit is happening virtually.

Tucked in amongst the many blocks of small storefront businesses on Centre Street in West Roxbury is Elie’s barber shop. A thriving business serving the West Roxbury community for generations. 

From the instant I walked through the door it was clear that Elie’s was much more than “just a place for a haircut”. There was a constant flow of people coming into the shop with most everyone on a first name basis. There was a mother who brought her three boys in for their routine cuts, a young man who traveled in from the suburbs because his father brought him there when he was a boy before they moved away from the neighborhood. There was a mix of people including those that have been coming to the shop for decades and others that were discovering this treasure for the first time. The high pace, diverse people and overall energy of this little shop surprised and inspired me as an artist. I've been a resident of Boston for 75 years, originally from Dorchester I have been living in West Roxbury for over 30 years. Over that time I’ve seen a lot of changes in the city and its many neighborhoods. For the past 3 years I’ve immersed myself in street photography both local and throughout my travels worldwide. 

I began a series in January of 2020 that I’ve been planning to do for a few years. It was to capture the life and spirit of the many small shops/businesses that make up Centre Street in West Roxbury. I felt it important to do this before the passing of time reshaped the face of this Boston community, however with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, it all came to an abrupt halt. Fortunately, I had started this project with a couple of stores one of them being Elie’s Barber Shop. I’m pleased to share this with you now and I am eager to get back to Centre Street and the many stores and their special stories as soon as possible to finish capturing this moment in a community’s history.     

-Rob MacIntosh

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"The History of Right Now" is about the changing way we view our future, our present, and our past now. In a world that has been dominated by storytelling through the white gaze, what does our history look like when told from Black people to Black people? OJ Slaughter's intention is to let Black and Brown people imagine a future where they have agency over their own stories. These are their photographs. This is the history of right now.

Artist Sophia Ainslie brightened up the eighth floor of City Hall with a new mural this past summer. As an extension of her project, she documented the reactions of City employees who walked by, and took photos of them with the mural.

  • 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.

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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.

Watch: Jamaal Eversley's Artist Talk in the Mayor's Gallery
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