Art In Public Places

City Hall
Gallery

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.

Location

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...

The Aesthetics of Elderhood: Artworks on Ageism by Amy J. Fleming
on display from Jan. 30 - April 15, 2019

Ageism has been described as one of the most institutionalized forms of prejudice and it directly affects the wellbeing of those it targets. It is also the only form of discrimination we will all face if only we live long enough. Parallels can be found in hyperconsumerism where the old is discarded to make room for the new.

Local printmaker, Amy Fleming has become interested in ideas surrounding ageism and disposability. As part of her creative process, Fleming rescues lost and neglected items such as rusting gearshifts, china shards, and broken bottles. She photographs these remnants of consumer culture and incorporates them into her screenprints.

Fleming’s artwork prominently features portraits of mature women, most of them regulars at the City of Tallahassee Senior Center. Using images of mass produced, discarded objects, Fleming creates royal robes and crowns for each elder citizen. They smile in the foreground, appearing as iconic as a saint, and are haloed by radiator hoses and hairspray bottles.

The portraits highlight the subjects’ strength and convey their inherent beauty and the value of a community’s elders. This exhibition includes 130 individual artworks which serve as a reminder that a diverse older population is critical for a healthy intergenerational society.

A free, public reception for the exhibition begins at 6:00pm on Friday, Feb. 8 in the City Hall Gallery, and lasts until 7:30.

Download the Art Exhibit Treasure Hunt for young gallery goers (it's fun for grown ups too)!

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 tallahasseearts.org or contact Amanda Karioth Thompson at COCA, (850) 224-2500 or amanda@tallahasseearts.org.

Up Next...

The Annual Creative Tallahassee Exhibition
on display from April 17 -  June 3, 2019

Celebrate the skill, talent, ingenuity and creativity of some of the most exciting artists in the Big Bend area. This multi-media show will highlight the work of many established and emerging local artists. This highly-anticipated annual, juried exhibition will feature more than 50 paintings, drawings, photographs, textiles, and sculptures.

If you are a local artist and would like your work to be considered for this show, click here.

Check back for more exhibit details soon!

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 tallahasseearts.org or contact Amanda Karioth Thompson at COCA, (850) 224-2500 or amanda@tallahasseearts.org.

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 2018 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: Natalia Andreeva, Maria Balingit, Debra Brienen, Randy Brienen, Leslie Cohen, Steve Coleman, James Daniels, Fran Dellaporta, Jenn Egelfeld, Sharon Hester, Jennifer Joseph, Elvi Nichols, Ruth Nickens, and Tavani Williams.

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