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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

  • 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 is August 31, 2022, at 5 p.m.

Submit artwork

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.       

  • Location: The Scollay Square Gallery, 3rd Floor Boston City Hall
  • Dates: July 18 – August 30, 2022

"Fenway Five" is an exhibition of five artists from Boston’s historic Fenway Studios: Jill Grimes, Mary Hughes, Kenneth Kelleher, Keith Maddy, and Dido Thayer.

Fenway Five graphic

Fenway Studios was built in 1905 after a fire destroyed the Harcourt Studios on Irvington Street in Boston. The artists in that building lost their life’s work. This event galvanized business and civic leaders, including members of the Copley Society and the St. Botolph Club, to help rebuild space for Boston’s artist community as quickly as possible. 

The building, located at 30 Ipswich Street in Boston, is a National Historic Landmark building. It is the oldest purpose-built structure in the country constructed for and dedicated solely to artists’ space. The Studios are also the first in the country to pioneer a not-for-profit limited-equity form of ownership.

Today, artists who reside at Fenway Studios paint in a variety of styles from abstract expressionism to post-modern realism. Some continue in the Boston School tradition and teach new generations of artists, but many others work in other traditions and materials, both modern and classic.

  • Location: Mayor's Neighborhood Gallery, 2nd Floor Boston City Hall
  • Dates: July 18 - August 31, 2022

"Housing is Healthcare" includes various artworks from multiple artists who have experienced houselessness in Boston, specifically near the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Melnea Cass Boulevard. Many of the artists have felt hidden in the shadows, their voices silenced by judgment and stigma. This exhibit is the first of hopefully many opportunities for these resilient and inspiring artists, through their preferred forms of artistic expression, to share their stories and experiences with the world.

Housing is Healthcare artwork

  • Location: The Mayor's Gallery, 5th Floor Boston City Hall
  • Dates: July 18 - August 30, 2022

Sharon Berke artwork

Sharon Berke is a visual artist who makes semi-abstract collages and paintings. Raised with her two brothers in Euclid, Ohio by her math teacher father and her feminist mother, she identified as an artist from the beginning, due both to her mom’s steadfast encouragement and to genetics — both her birth parents are artists.

After earning her BFA in 1991 in painting and printmaking from Kent State University, she spent the rest of her 20s traveling and working in framing, catering and gardening. In 1996, she moved to Boston to pursue the study of Sign Language Interpretation, which led her to a job as caption writer at WGBH. In 1998, she met both her birthparents, which settled her mind and informed her art.  She met her husband on a fundraising bike trip, and after two years of bonding and traveling, they had two boys, both of whom Sharon homeschooled through elementary school. Approaching 50, Sharon realized she needed to return to serious art making, and began her "Rearrangements" series.

She lives in Jamaica Plain with her family.

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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