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City Hall Galleries

The galleries at Boston City Hall promote and exhibit the work of Boston area artists.

You can find information about the galleries, as well as what's currently showing, on this page.

Current and upcoming exhibits

Exhibits
  • Location: Boston City Hall Lobby
  • Dates: October 12 - November 18, 2022, reception on October 12, 2022 from 4-7 p.m.

Period pop up flyer

Mass NOW is taking menstruation out of the closet and spreading awareness around menstrual equity. They invited creatives, visual artists, musicians, and spoken word performers to participate in pop-up art show to celebrate, reclaim, explore, and question periods and menstruation. The theme is 'the personal is political' in efforts to support the IAM. bill and normalize language around menstruation. This exhibit is was organized in conjunction with the City of Boston's Mayor's Office of Women's Advancement.  

  • Location: The Mayor's Neighborhood Gallery, 2nd Floor Boston City Hall
  • Dates: September 15 - October 30, 2022, reception on September 21 at Boston City Hall courtyard

This collaborative exhibit features "Song for Nadia", an addiction and overdose prevention comic produced by Teen Health Comics. The exhibit also includes works from the "Opioid Project: Changing Perspectives through Art and Storytelling". The canvasses and accompanying narratives were created by family members who have lost loved ones to overdose or who have loved ones in recovery. 

Song for Nadia flyer

Teen Health Comics provides unique story-based educational tools that touch the minds and hearts of young readers, alerting them to healthy and unhealthy choices and helping them make sound decisions as they navigate the world around them.  Sensitive topics such as break-up violence, opioid addiction, depression and suicide present an enormous challenge for families, public health professionals and educators. In the words of poet and former National Endowment for the Arts Chair Dana Gioia, “Art is an irreplaceable way of understanding the world. Some truths about life… can be expressed only as stories, songs or images. Art educates our emotions.” For additional information about Teen Health Comics visit their website

The "Opioid Project: Changing Perspectives through Art and Storytelling" was developed by Dr Annie Brewster and artist Nancy Marks to give voice to the social narrative of substance use disorder through visual art and stories told by those in recovery, first responders, medical and mental health professionals and those grieving the death of a loved one to overdose. The Opioid Project serves to increase public awareness and helps to create positive social change through reducing the stigma and isolation of those touched by the opioid crisis. By highlighting individual participants' art and stories, The Opioid Project raises the visibility of the human costs of the opioid epidemic in Massachusetts.   

  • Location: The Mayor's Gallery, 5th Floor Boston City Hall
  • Dates: September 1 - October 16, 2022

Born in Colorado to Brazilian parents, and growing up in Rio, Brazil, Csekö moved to Boston, MA in 2010 to pursue an MFA at SMFA at Tufts. In 2022, Csekö, a Collective Futures Fund and a Somerville Arts Council grantee, a CTV MassCreative Fellow, and a Somerville Museum Community Curator, was also invited as an AIR at Sculpture Space, upstate N.Y. and at the Factory on Willow, N.H. In 2021 she received a SAC Visual Arts Fellowship and was an AiR at the Umbrella Art Center 2020-2021 in Concord, MA. In 2020 she was invited as a Visiting Artist by Emerson College. In addition, she has public murals on view commissioned by the Downtown Boston BID, (at Winter Pl, Downtown Boston), and the Stonybrook Neighborhood Association (in Jamaica Plain, MA). In 2018 Csekö was invited as an AiR at the A4A MassMoCA. Csekö is also the recipient of a 2016 Walter Feldman Fellowship awarded by ABC Boston.

Julia Cseko artwork

"Speaking Truth to Power" is a ramification of Csekö’s word paintings featuring excerpts of literary works by Bell Hooks, from All About Love, Hannah Arendt, from the Origins of Totalitarianism, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, from An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States, Diane Di Prima, from Revolutionary Letters, Paulo Freire, from Pedagogy of the Oppressed and Gore Vidal, from the History of the National Security State.

These thinkers question structures of oppression and domination, ranging from colonialism, patriarchy, white suprematism, to advanced capitalism. Each author takes us on a journey through realms of intimacy as well as macro social-political scenarios. Both denouncing and presenting alternatives, sometimes sweetly others brutally.

  • Location: The Lobby Steps at Boston City Hall

  • Dates: September 7 - October 7, 2022, reception on September 7 from 5 - 8 p.m.

Brazil exhibit graphic

"Brasil, um sonho intenso?" celebrates Brazil's 200th year of independence. Brazilian New England artists bring the art exhibition "Brazil, a vivid Dream?", which proposes itself as a place for meeting, dialogue, clash of ideas, thoughts and practices, creating a bridge between the generations of Brazilians living in the US as well as between other various international cultures. The exhibition confirms itself as a space of "resistance" as well as a place for exploration of new ideas, new prospects of immigrants and their contribution to the fabric of society. In fact, the exhibition is dedicated to all immigrants who made the long journey and left everything behind to call United States home in pursuit of their dreams, and to all that artists that do not surrender to habits, that do not conform themselves, and therefore love to experiment with forms that are closer to the sensitivity of the present. We present different works, each with its own language and its own different poetics, many faces of our society. Together, however, this art shows draw a path, a sort of great collective work that we invite you to cross together. By celebrating our freedom of expression we let art remind us, even in these difficult times, that human existence is not resolved in submitting and appropriating, but in cultivating and guarding our dreams and freedom.

Artists
  • Sid Degois - Visual Artist
  • Margarette Mattos - Visual Artist
  • Vanessa Lara - Photographer
  • Lyria Garcia - Cinematographer & Photographer
  • Sissi Rodrigues - Photographer
  • Ricardo Nassif - Visual Artist
  • Julia Cseko - Visual Artist
  • Josias Monteiro - Visual Artist
  • Raquel Fornasaro - Visual Artist
  • Location: The Mayor's Display Case, 5th Floor Boston City Hall
  • Dates: September 1 - October 30, 2022

Christopher Abrams artwork

Christopher Abrams is a sculptor and teacher who lives and works in Waltham, MA. Abrams received an MFA in Sculpture from the Massachusetts College of Art, and is an active member at the Boston Sculptors Gallery in Boston’s South End.

Abrams creates small-scale objects that fuse natural forms - rocks, trees, and other natural growths - with transportation and infrastructure. The sculptures here consider the ongoing struggle for environmental health, but also offers a reminder of our dependence on an extensive, often overlooked civic and public infrastructure to “survive and thrive".

Abrams’ objects also posit–absurdly, but hopefully–that Nature would abhor the vacuum of isolation and abandonment of social norms suggested by recent events, and might even choose to “join the fun”.

  • Location: The Scollay Square Gallery, Third Floor Boston City Hall
  • Dates: September 15, 2022 – October 28, 2022, award ceremony on September 22, 2022, from 6 - 8 p.m. in the Scollay Square Gallery

The City of Boston is seeking submissions for the annual Fay Chandler EMERGING Art Exhibition at Boston City Hall, a celebration of the Boston visual arts community. Artists that live, work, or create in the Greater Boston area are encouraged to submit their work for consideration.

Hosted by the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture, the Fay Chandler EMERGING Art Exhibition will feature fresh, original, and contemporary works of art created by Greater Boston area artists. 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. Prizes include a Best in Show award ($2,500), an Over the Age of 50 award ($1,500), and a Started Making Art in the Last Three Years award ($1,000).

The deadline to submit artwork has passed.

Emerging Artist Exhibition photo

  • Location: The Emerging Gallery, 8th Floor Boston City Hall
  • Dates: August 15 - September 30, 2022

David J Sanchez artwork

Artist Statement 

My name is David J. Sanchez, and I am an artist born and raised in Dorchester. At the age of 5, I developed a passion and hunger for everything art. Ever since then I've worked on public art projects and commissions, and volunteered to teach at community art events.

Art is my passion, and I want to share my works to inspire and give voice to those that may not have one. I hope that when you look at my art you see things differently, you experience something amazing, and gain new perspectives.       

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 15 poems in 2022.

Read the 2022 Poems

Poem Locations
First Floor South Elevators
  • "Banshee of Woodbourne" by Michael Robert Ball
  • "Time-Jumpin' " by Emma Lagno
Second Floor South Elevators
  • "Moroccan Statue" by Alia Hamada Forrest
  • "Miracles and Angels" by Senora T. Epps
Third Floor South Elevators
  • "What If..." by Henrietta Hodge
  • "Kid Mountain" by Gail Bello
Fifth Floor South Elevators
  • "My Mama's Back" by Cynthia Yee
Sixth Floor South Elevators
  • "2020: Where You Have Lived" by Carla Schwartz
  • "A Lovely Swarm on Wheels" by Whitney Burge
Seventh Floor South Elevators
  • "Odds" by Whitney Burdge
  • "Grandpa Prays" by Timothy Hall
Eighth Floor South Elevators
  • "Certain and Impossible" by Harry Yu
  • "Rebel Round Delay" by Sarah Awan
Ninth Floor South Elevators
  • "Ivy Hanged" by Alia Hamada Forrest
  • "The Weight of Light" by Sarah Deckro

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.

Photo from Sophia Ainslie's mural exhibit

Gallery locations

Mayor's Art Gallery

The Mayor's Gallery exhibits work by Boston area 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 local 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.

The Emerging Gallery

This is the newest of City Hall's galleries. It showcases Boston's up and coming artists.

Directions: It is located on the 8th floor of City Hall. When entering from Congress Street or Cambridge Street, take the elevators to the 8th floor. The gallery is in the hallway to the left of Room 801, which is perpendicular to the elevators. 

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