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...

Persistence of Memory: Artworks by Deon Lewis, Charity Myers and Julie Guyot
on display from Oct. 17 - Nov. 19, 2018

Memory offers a vehicle for transcending the confines of time and space. In that way, it is not unlike the artmaking process where exploration is encouraged and boundaries are blurry. There is a direct relationship between memory and imagination and both are used to conjure mental images. In this exhibition, the works of artists Deon Lewis, Charity Myers and Julie Guyot make those visions concrete.

Through painting, photography, sculpture and fiber, each artist recalls stories to be shared and experienced by others. The works on display represent a sense of nostalgia, family histories and past encounters.

Deon Lewis’ work is comprised of fabric, fibers and thread that are collaged into unique compositions. Her most recent works deal with themes relating to personal reflection. “Each of the pieces on display represents a moment of quiet contemplation—a special memory captured in time, reflecting joy and sometimes uncomfortable vulnerabilities.”

In her mixed media paintings, Charity Myers explores the intersection of past and present. Her work contains a variety of historic and contemporary images that balance on the edge of recognition and abstraction. “I am interested in the bits and pieces of memories that flash in our dreams and recall a feeling without specifics or clarity. A single snapshot can imprint evidence in our minds of a moment even when our memory fails. The tricky part is—our minds are faulty, and photographs often tell only part of the story.”

Ceramic is the medium of choice for Julie Guyot who enhances her clay pieces with paper and found objects. She often uses photo transfer techniques to construct a sculptural record of a different time period. “My work is heavily layered to imply a sense of history, nostalgia, domesticity and craft. I have accumulated a vocabulary of images and text that can be used interchangeably to lead the viewer through a story that is open to interpretation. "

Though recollections can be misty, these artists are making them tangible. These works illustrate that our memory shapes our identities as individuals and our ties to other people.

Meet these artists and enjoy refreshments at the opening reception on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018 from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. 

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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...

2018 Winter Festival Youth Art Exhibition
Nov. 21, 2018 through Jan. 28, 2019

The Winter Festival Youth Art Exhibition 2018 showcases youthful talent and imagination through more than 70 pieces of student artwork. Elementary, middle, and high school art teachers submitted work on behalf of their students for the exhibition. The entries represent more than 30 different area public and private schools. The dedication and professionalism of our area art teachers is evident in the quality of the student artwork on display in the gallery and the exhibition is stunning.

A public reception for the exhibition begins at 6:00pm on Friday, Nov. 30 in the City Hall Gallery, and lasts until 7:30. The awards ceremony will start at 6:30pm. It promises to be an evening of great pride for the students and awe-inspired admiration for those who see the exhibit.

It is free to the public and open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Parking is available in Kleman Plaza.

For nearly 25 years, the Council on Culture & Arts (COCA) has partnered with the City of Tallahassee’s Parks and Recreation Department to present the Winter Festival Youth Art Exhibition. It is one of a dozen exhibitions curated by COCA and is part of the City of Tallahassee’s Art in Public Places program. For more information about this exhibition, upcoming exhibitions, or the Art in Public Places program, contact Amanda Karioth Thompson ( at COCA, (850) 224-2500.

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.