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Last updated: 11/1/19

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 exhibits

Current exhibits
  • Location: 3rd Floor Lobby Steps at Boston City Hall
  • Dates: November 3 - December 1, 2019

The Heart Gallery is a portrait exhibit presented by the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) since 2005. Professional and amateur photographers across the state volunteer their time and talent to create inspiring images of children waiting in foster care to find a place to call home. These portraits are displayed as photo panels and used in digital presentations.

About The Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE)

Heart Gallery photo
The Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) is a private, nonprofit agency that exists to find adoptive homes for children and teens in foster care - including sibling groups, children of color of all ages, and children with intellectual, physical, or emotional difficulties or disabilities. We do this by recruiting, educating, supporting, and advocating for families throughout the adoption process.
  • Location: 3rd Floor Scollay Square Gallery, 5th Floor Mayor’s Gallery, 2nd Floor Mayor’s Neighborhood Gallery, and the hallways of Boston City Hall
  • Dates: October 8 - November 29, 2019, Reception and Awards Ceremony on October 18 from 6 - 8 p.m.

City of Boston employees and immediate family members were invited to display their art at the third annual National Arts Program Awards and Exhibition at Boston City Hall. There will be more than 100 works of art showing the hidden talents of employees from the Boston Fire Department, the Boston Police Department, Boston Public Schools, and all Boston public employees. On display will be sculpture, paintings, and photographs.

National Arts Program 2018 winner


The National Arts Program was founded in 1982 with the purpose of providing individuals a forum to showcase and develop their visual artistic talents.  The broad aim of the program is to create a sense of community and artistic fulfillment by encouraging the creative talent of our nation’s employees to come forth and be recognized by the public. Historically, individuals have faced a number of obstacles that prevent them from bringing forth their artistic talents.  These obstacles include financial expenses, art politics, and the commercial requirements of most exhibitions.  However, The National Arts Program has absolutely proven that there is another way.  For 33 years, The National Arts Program® has held over 80 annual exhibits featuring the visual artworks of employees and their immediate family members in a variety of venues including cities, hospitals, airports and public and private institutions across the country.  The program has proven that each show brings an extraordinary exhibit of visual artistic talent from these individuals.
  • Location: Elevators throughout City Hall
  • Dates: June 2019 - June 2020

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. This year's theme was "Home", and 19 poems were selected by City of Boston Poet Laureate Porsha Olayiwola.

Poem Sites

First Floor South Elevators

Ghosts and Neighbors - Linda Carney-Goodrich
Home (April) - Cathie Desjardins

Second Floor South Elevators

New Home - Frances Donovan
Dissonant – Jonathan Rowe

Second Floor North Elevators

For Boston – Julia Rubin

Third Floor South Elevators

Aged Air: a found Poem – Melissa “City” Saunders
Home is Where You Know Where Everything is in the Grocery Store -
Patrick Casey

Third Floor North Elevators

The Salt and Pepper Bridge – Margaret A. Lowe

Fifth Floor South Elevators

Green Gift - Karen Friedland

Sixth Floor South Elevators

Group Home - Tatiana M R. Johnson
Nine Years and Counting – Mattia C. Maurée

Sixth Floor North Elevators

To General George S. Patton Jr. The Esplanade, Boston – Tony Artuso

Seventh Floor South Elevators

Orange - Lisa Fay
Blue Clay - Sara Afshar

Seventh Floor North Elevators

inside a salem parlor – Jake Trangali

Eighth Floor South Elevators

Forest Hills Upper Busway, 11pm - Elisa Crawley
Eggs - Kelly Hui

Ninth Floor South Elevators

SHIFT # 93 AT THE HOMELESS SHELTER - Alexis Ivy
(untitled) – Tanairi Sorrenti

Latest News

Latest News
Call to artists: reimagine City Hall
Hala Ashour, National Arts Program Winner
Oct 26

Winners of 2018 National Arts Program announced

Arts and Culture
Fay Chandler Emerging Artist Award winner
Sep 17

Winners of 2018 Fay Chandler Emerging Artist Awards announced

Arts and Culture
Jerry Russo exhibit
Jun 8

Several exhibits coming to City Hall galleries in June

Arts and Culture
BPS youth art month exhibit
May 2

Many exhibits on display this May at City Hall galleries

Arts and Culture

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.