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:


Convey/Brian Rosa

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

  • Dates: October 1 - November 17, 2014

Brian Rosa is an artist and urban researcher based in Jamaica Plain, MA and Brooklyn, NY. An urban planner and geographer by training, he is an Assistant Professor of Urban Studies at the City University of New York. Rosa's photographic work has been exhibited throughout the US as well as in Mexico, Great Britain, and Hong Kong, and has been featured in the British Journal of Photography, Triple Canopy, Metropolis, and on National Public Radio. He is half of the creative studio Site Unseen with artist Adam Ryder; their most recent collaboration was a residency at the Center for Land Use Interpretation in Wendover, Utah. Rosa was a 2013 Artist Fellow with the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

"Convey is a body of work I have been developing since 2008 which consists of photographs made in Mexico, Hong Kong, Germany, Great Britain, Spain, and the United States. It is a reflection on the omnipresent role of advertising text and imagery in the built environment, exploring unanticipated tensions, interactions, and dialogues between commercial images and their surroundings. With billboards, commercial images dominate cityscapes around the world, they tend to be decontextualized from their surroundings. They often occupy, and define, the urban margins. On the other hand, the imagery found on the temporary fences of construction sites (called "hoarding") project aspirational images of the future onto these urban spaces while concealing their current states of disorder. The medium of the photograph draws attention to the temporality of commercial images within the ongoing process of urban transformation, while capturing the role these ephemeral images play in this very process".

-Brian Rosa

Photographs from this series have been featured in publications including the British Journal of Photography and GOOD Magazine. They have been exhibited at Centro Cultural Border in Mexico City, the Center for the Urban Built Environment in Manchester, England, and at the Slade School of Art in London. This is the first time this body of work has been presented as a cohesive whole, with much thanks to a 2013 Artist Fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.


25 Years of the Hyde Park Art Association

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

  • Dates: October 6 - November 7, 2014

The Hyde Park Art Association’s 25th birthday Exhibition. From abstract to realism, this exhibition highlights a wide variety of techniques and themes.


DIVERSITY an International Poster Exhibition

  • Location: Mayors Neighborhood Gallery, 2nd floor (Directions)

  • Dates: October 15 - November 28, 2014

"Immigration rights, racial tension, violence against women, religious strife – these are realities that face us daily. The ideas depicted in this exhibition encourage us to think about stereotypes and our perceptions of how we view others. Some posters go further by encouraging not only a change in thinking, but also suggest ways to make changes."

- Stephen Lewis

The posters in this exhibition are from a collection of more than 4500 of Stephen Lewis. He is a long-time activist in the labor movement, and the former Treasurer of his union. Stephen has exhibited at a number of public libraries in Massachusetts and two of the state Heritage parks. He has presented at the annual conference of the National Council on Public History and on local cable television programs.

This project is supported in part by a grant from the Lawrence Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.


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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