City Hall Galleries

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.

The Scollay Square Gallery showcases the many arts organizations and artists community groups that support Boston artists throughout the city.

Currently Showing:

Borderless Bird

  • Location: Mayors Gallery, 5th floor (Directions)

  • Dates: April 6 - May 15, 2015

Borderless Bird /Paintings by Colette Bresilla

Bresilla’s reflections on her Haitian –American experiences are reflected in her narrative painting style. From her women smoking pipes to her groupings of abstract figures each painting has a mysterious story to tell.

 "Creating 'Art' is sometimes, a channel of responding to the world we live in, by expressing the joy as well as the horror with the current state of social, political and economic affairs. My paintings are the result of such realities which convey the sweetness and the bitterness of our everyday life. My inspirations are drawn from meditation, certain genres of music, reading, and observing people interact. Concentrating on the female figure, especially the Japanese geisha, being a Haitian-born Artist I try to explore and explode traditional conceptions of women, presenting the viewers with figures who appeal to and confound them. The drawings and lush paintings convey the undeniable realities of women’s struggles across national and cultural boundaries. Also as a 'Borderless Bird', I value the time I have spent in countries in West Africa and Europe, especially Paris, where my mind and eyes absorb what these rich cultures have to offer to inspire me to share what I have experienced through my art."


Hyde Park Art Association's 26th Anniversary Exhibition at Boston City Hall

  • Location: Scollay Square Gallery, 3rd floor (Directions)

  • Dates: March 1 - March 31, 2015

The Hyde Park Art Association’s 16th Annual Group Exhibit will highlight thework of more than 20artists. The art will represent a broad range ofstyles from realist to impressionist to abstract in media including oils,watercolor, acrylic, and photography.


I Want You to Have This

         Location: Scollay Square Gallery, 3rd floor (Directions)

  • Date: April 6 - May 13, 2015

A photography exhibtion highlight 826 Boston's book written by Eleventh Graders from the Boston International High School.

Meaningful thingspublished in the Globe 8/13/2013

British Museum director Neil MacGregor’s “A History of the World in 100 Objects” was a wildly popular BBC radio series and book. It took 100 curators four years to decide which objects to include.

Now 826 Boston, a nonprofit writing center, has published a poignant variation on that theme. In “I Want You to Have This: A Collection of Objects and Their Stories from Around the World,” 50 recent immigrants from 14 countries — all 11th-graders at Boston International High School — write about a treasured possession. Tutors from 826 Boston worked with the students twice a week from November to February, sharing ideas and polishing drafts.The students write not only about what they left behind, but about the objects that inspire confidence in their new lives. When Salman Al Janabi, a native of Iraq, fled his war-torn country in the middle of the night in 2003, he could take only a few things. One of these was a silver spoon his grandmother gave him. It was the one his uncle used to eat with. “My spoon is meaningful to me now because it is the only thing I have from my country,” he wrote.What seized Betsaida Vicioso’s imagination were the juicy avocados grown in the Dominican Republic. On Saturdays her grandmother would buy two avocados, one for that day and one for the next. “She says that when an avocado is ready to eat, it has to be soft, and when you shake it, you have to hear the sound of the big round seed moving,” Vicioso wrote.Pedro DaVeiga played soccer in his native Senegal but it was very hard to get on a team, especially if you couldn’t afford the fee. He was thrilled when his coach in the States gave him a pair of soccer cleats. “I think that I don’t have half the skills he has, but every time I look at the cleats, they make me chase my dreams,” DaVeiga wrote.Sometimes the value of an object isn’t immediately apparent, as Cassania Gilson of Haiti learned when her grandfather gave her a pair of wooden shoes. “How could a ten-year-old girl love a weird pair of yellow shoes?” she asked herself. In time, she learned. The shoes embodied the struggles her grandfather had endured to make money. He wore them when he worked as a comedian. They were, Gilson wrote, “the tools that Grandpa Fanis used to keep his family from falling apart.”

In an afterword, Boston International teachers Laura Gersch and Kristin Russo suggest that the students have something to teach everyone: “This book asks us to reevaluate the material wealth in our lives, to look for significance instead of abundance, and to consider what the things we hold on to tell us about who we are and what we value.”


Directions & Locations

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  • Mayor's Art Gallery:

    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.

  • Scollay Square Gallery:

    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.

  • Mayor’s Neighborhood Gallery:

    Located on the 2nd floor near the South Elevators. From City Hall Plaza or Congress St. entrances, take South Elevators to the 2nd floor.

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