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Last updated: 9/9/19

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: Scollay Square Gallery, Third Floor Boston City Hall
  • Dates: August 12 - September 20, 2019, reception on September 19 from 6 - 8 p.m.

The fourth annual Fay Chandler Emerging Art Exhibition is a celebration of the Boston visual arts community. Artists that live, work or create in the City of Boston are encouraged to submit fresh, original, and contemporary works for consideration. 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. Three prizes will be awarded during the reception:

  1. $2,500 for Best in Show
  2. $1,500 for an artist who started making art in the last 3 years, and
  3. $1,000 for an artist over the age of 50.

The deadline to submit artwork is July 27, and interested artists can apply online.

  • Location: Mayor’s Gallery, 5th Floor Boston City Hall
  • Dates: September 2 – October 4, 2019

In 1986, Rizika enrolled at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, committed to making original art. During this time she developed an affinity for painting, which led her to The Art Students League of New York. She further developed her visual sensibility by concentrating on landscape and still life painting under the mentorship of Peter Homitzky. Marne made her first forays into landscape painting in 1995, during visits to the wetlands and expansive farmlands of North Dakota. She also spent time in France and the Berkshires, further exploring still life and landscapes. That same year she undertook her first drawings of the Big Dig, Boston’s massive public highway project formally known as “The Central Artery Tunnel Project.” The Big Dig became a ongoing subject and, after living in New York and New Jersey for 11 years, she returned home to Boston in the fall of 2001.

Rizika is keenly interested in the way that structures define and redefine the urban and industrial landscape. Her fascination with transformation and reinvention is embodied in large-scale charcoal drawings of the Big Dig, the largest public highway project in U.S. history. As Rizika draws – surrounded by bridges, tunnels, highways, and mechanical objects that transform the landscape – the changing light abstracts their shapes, shadows, and the space around them, inspiring new and personal points of view. Through this work, Rizika invites viewers to experience her emotional and visual connection to the site and participate in the theatre of construction.

Marne Rizika Drawing
  • Location: Mayor’s Neighborhood Gallery, 2nd Floor Boston City Hall
  • Dates: September 2 – 30, 2019

Photography and Text by Joe Wallace

In 2019, 50 million people are living with dementia globally. In the United States, one in three seniors suffers with Alzheimer’s or dementia at the time of their death. And yet, despite the millions of individuals and families affected, dementia is often a taboo subject with limited public awareness or discourse. A diagnosis can become a mechanism for segregating those affected from society, making it easy to see only the label instead of the individuals. Dementia however does not discriminate. These portraits reflect a cross-section of races and ethnicities affected. Subjects were photographed and interviewed individually or with a caregiver. Each portrait is paired with a second photograph from the subject’s youth and is presented with anecdotes or stories from the interview to use empathy as a means for connection and understanding and challenge the audience to truly see the subjects, not just their diagnosis.

Portraits of Dementia
  • 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.