Art In Public Places

City Hall

Whether you’ve come specifically for the exhibitions, are attending a Commission meeting, or have business with the City, you can enjoy the light filled gallery space throughout the entire 2nd floor mezzanine. There is also a public exhibition area on the 4th floor in the Commissioners’ Main Conference Room, one of the most active public locations in City Hall.

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Managed by COCA as part of the City of Tallahassee's Art in Public Places Program, this intriguing space offers a diverse selection of group exhibitions by established and emerging local artists of the Big Bend area. The exhibition schedule includes several juried, large group shows, each on display for six to eight weeks. Exhibits of original and contemporary artworks are curated, coordinated, arranged, and installed by COCA and they feature all media including paintings, drawings, fiber, photographic works, and sculpture.


300 South Adams Street
Main Gallery: 2nd floor mezzanine
Conference Room Gallery: 4th floor in the Commissioners’ Main Conference Room
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 am-5:00 pm
Free and open to the public
All artwork is for sale unless otherwise marked

On Now...

on display from May 17 -  July 17, 2017

Food has served as an inspiration to artists for thousands of years, from images of game animals painted on prehistoric cave walls to ancient mosaics of fruit and fish on the floors of Pompeiian villas. Seventeenth century Dutch painters masterfully rendered sumptuous scenes of tables laid with fine linens and serving ware, overflowing with delicacies. In contrast, Dorthea Lang’s Depression era photographs illustrate the intersection of humanity, hunger, and the American agricultural industry. Whether it’s pop-art soup cans or an impressionistic basket of apples, food related artworks are embedded in our culture.

The Yum exhibition, presented by COCA, celebrates and explores the role that food plays in our lives. This multi-media show is a banquet of 55 artworks, highlighting culinary themes including images of edibles, food preparation, farming practices, cooking and dining scenes, and table settings. A feast for the eyes, the Yum exhibition will provide food for thought and nourishment for the creative soul.

The 44 participating artists are:
AJ Abellera, Susan Allen, Darlene Almeda, Giovanna Alvarez, Natalia Andreeva, Lydia Bell, Connie Betterley, Brittany Bevis, Peter Bigelow, Tammy Brown, Riko Carrion, Menia Chester, Lorraine Clark, Leslie Cohen, Sandy DeLopez, Mary Fowler, Elizabeth George, Tatyana Grigoryan, Margaret Hamilton, Charles Hazelip, Bill Humphries, Ann Kawamoto, Jennifer Lange, Nan Liu, Mary Jane Lord, Will Luck, Matthew McCarron, Art McConnell, William McKeown, Linda Menke, Kenneth Menke, Roger Messimer, Timothy Moore, Rosemarie N. Thomas, Ruth Nickens, Sarah Painter, Kent Putnam, Jean Putnam Hancock, Susan Richardson, Robert DeWitt Smith, Karen Stewart, Pam Talley, Mikiko Tanaka, Randy Traynor

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Meet the artists at a public exhibit reception on Thursday, June 1, 2017 from 6:00pm-7:30pm at the City Hall Art Gallery.  The awards will be announced at 6:30. There is no charge for the reception or the exhibition. COCA thanks the local businesses who donated awards for the Yum winners: Black Fig, The Edison, Kool Beanz Cafe, Lucky's Market, and Nefetari's Fine Cuisine & Spirits.

COCA is working with America's Second Harvest of the Big Bend for this exhibit reception and we ask that each reception attendee please bring a non-perishable food item to donate or make a donation during the reception, if you feel so moved. Second Harvest has considerable buying power and your dollar goes a very long way towards feeding our community. One in six people face hunger in America - including more than 107,000 here in the Big Bend region. Take action to fight hunger in your community! Visit for more information.

The City Hall Art Gallery is located on the second floor of City Hall, 300 South Adams Street and is free and open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.

This is one of many exhibitions curated by COCA for the Art in Public Places program on behalf of the City of Tallahassee. For more information about this exhibition or upcoming exhibitions, visit or contact Amanda Karioth Thompson at COCA, (850) 224-2500 or

Up Next...

The 13th Annual TOWN Show – “Tallahassee’s Own”
on display from July 19 - Sept. 18, 2017

City of Tallahassee employees spend their days providing citizens with high-quality municipal services. In their free time, however, many employees and retirees turn their attention to more artistic endeavors. This exhibition celebrates these talented artists.

Giving the same commitment to fine art as they do for excellent public service, current and retired City of Tallahassee employees are part of this exhibition. The diverse artists come from many departments of public service. More than 50 pieces of artwork will be displayed in a variety of mediums including photography, watercolors, glass, wood carvings and jewelry.

This is one of many exhibitions curated by COCA for the Art in Public Places program on behalf of the City of Tallahassee. For more information about this exhibition or upcoming exhibitions, visit or contact Amanda Karioth Thompson at COCA, (850) 224-2500 or

More details coming soon!

City Commissioners’ Main Conference Room

Emphasizing the City's commitment to showcase local art and artists, Mayor Andrew Gillum initiated an expansion of the Art in Public Places program. In collaboration with the City, COCA has designed a public exhibition space on the fourth floor of City Hall in the City Commissioners’ Main Conference Room. This space is one of the most active public locations in City Hall, with frequent meetings of local leaders and decision makers.

Each spring, as the annual Creative Tallahassee exhibition draws to a close, members of the Mayor’s staff tour the City Hall Gallery and select a variety of artworks for COCA to install in the Commissioners’ Main Conference Room. The artworks currently on display were selected from the 2017 Creative Tallahassee exhibition. Eleven of the area’s most exciting artists are highlighted in this extension exhibition which features twelve artworks in a variety of mediums including oil, acrylic, and watercolor paintings, colored pencil, encaustic, fiber, photography, and glass.

The participating artists are: Connie Betterley, Randy Brienen, Leslie Cohen, Terrie Corbett, Sharon Hester, Ann Kawamoto, William McKeown, Linda Menke, Ruth Nickens, David Pascoe, and Susan Richardson.

The exhibition is curated by COCA on behalf of the City of Tallahassee as part of the Art in Public Places program.