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.

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The Handsome & The Holy

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

  • Dates: May 16 - June 30, 2016

The Handsome & The Holy - Mayor’s Gallery 5th Floor Boston City Hall

I am interested in the play between queer desire and the construction of gender identity as seen alongside my religious upbringing. This series of work attempts to catalog the influential, yet seemingly paradoxical, figures in my personal history.

As a genderqueer artist, I use self-portraiture and vignettes to explore the image of myself as the ideal man. These drawings and paintings are of the specific men, and images of masculinity, that I personally identified with as a child. Whether they were dapper classic-movie stars, iconic masculine types like ‘Prince Charming,’ male relatives, or part of 80’s pop culture, these figures occupied my thoughts along with the heroic images of saints from my Catholic education.  As an adult, these figures represent an unfulfilled and fanciful version of myself.

Ria Brodell is an artist based in Boston whose current body of work addresses issues of gender identity, sexuality, religion and contemporary culture. Brodell studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and received a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle (‘02) and an MFA from the Museum School/Tufts University (‘06). Brodell has had solo and group exhibitions throughout the US, is a recipient of an Artadia Award (’14) a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship ('14) and an SMFA Traveling Fellowship ('13). Brodell's work has appeared in ARTNews, The Boston Globe, New American Paintings, Beautiful Decay, and Art New England, among other publications. Recent work can be seen at www.riabrodell.com


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

  • Dates: May 16 - June 30, 2016

Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture will host an exhibition by UFORGE Gallery of Jamaica Plain  in the Scollay Square Gallery.

The well-worn adage may warn us to not judge books by their covers, but it must be said that strong cover design can make a big difference. Cover illustration helps readers to imagine the characters or setting, with artists envisioning new worlds, evoking mood through typography, capturing a significant moment in the story, or abstractly communicating a certain feeling or experience relevant to the narrative. For this special invitational exhibit, Uforge Gallery asked its members and other Boston area artists to create their own book cover illustrations. Through the generous support of Blick Art Materials, each artist was given a 24x30” wood panel on which to work, but that was the primary limitation, with freedom to employ whatever style, media, and narrative inspiration they wished. Many artists chose to reinterpret classic novels, adding their own take to books like The Picture of Dorian Gray, Jane Eyre, and The Grapes of Wrath. Others looked to nonfiction or short stories. Some artists represent pivotal scenes or characters, others focus on more underrated elements or themes found within the text. Through paint, collage, ink, paper, found objects, and photography, Pages takes viewers on a visual journey through stories new and old, to be read, remembered, and rediscovered.

Exhibiting artists: Leah Abrahams, Jessica Aye, Erica Baptiste, Quenby Bucklaew, Maggie Carberry, Sanya Colson-Inam, Lauren Costa, Brian Crete, Jim Flynn, Mary Fries, Sara Gothard, Alex Kittle, Christine Ledoux, Anne McCaffrey, Heather M. Morris, Lior Neiger, Cristina Rosa Nelson, Nicole Pilgrim, Eric Pow, Tamara Rohrer, Vanessa Thompson, Vicky Valente, and William Wolff.


 

The Bay State/ a Multicultural Landscape

  • Location: Mayor's Neighborhood Gallery, 2nd floor Boston City Hall

  • Dates: May 1 - 29, 2016

Photographs by Mark Chester


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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