Art in City Hall

About Art in City Hall

Art in City Hall launched in 2023 as a monthly art show that brings creativity to the halls of Lowell City Hall each month. The shows feature the work of local artists and Lowell galleries for the public to view during City Hall hours.

Current Exhibit: WinterFest 2024 Youth Muralists

Exhibition dates: February 18, 2024 - March 29, 2024

Reception: Tuesday, March 19, 2024 at 5:30 PM

This exhibition features the murals completed by youth groups during the WinterFest 2024 Youth Mural Competition on Saturday, February 17th. Mosaic Lowell collaborated with CASE to organize the annual competition to showcase the creativity of Lowell’s youngest artists. 

Each youth group was tasked with designing a mural that suited the theme: “My Lowell - Imagine you’ve just been commissioned to create a piece of public art for Lowell that reflects the fabric of the City’s past and hope for the City’s future. How would you pay homage to the individuals who have crafted the City to where it is today? How would you instill hope in the next generation of Lowellians?”

The murals (excluding Youth Build) were judged by Mayor Dan Rourke, State Representative Vanna Howard, and Angela Ales, with the following result:

1st Place: Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell

2nd Place: Greater Lowell Technical High School

3rd Place: Refuge Lowell

Participating teams also included Girls Inc. of Greater Lowell, Lowell Community Charter Public School (LCCPS), YouthBuild, and YWCA of Greater Lowell.

The reception for the Youth Mural Competition will be hosted on Tuesday, March 19th, from 5:30-6:15 PM at City Hall. Join us in recognizing the participating teams as well as celebrating the winners of the Richard Rourke Memorial Soup Bowl Competition.

2024 Schedule

MonthTheme / OrganizersReception
February 2024Skribble Studio and Refuge LowellTuesday, January 30, 2024 at 5:30 PM
March 2024WinterFest 2024 Youth Mural Competition / City of Lowell and Mosaic LowellTuesday, March 19, 2024 at 5:30 PM
April 2024Art Thou Neurodivergent? / Teo Pique and Rylie HegartyTuesday, April 2, 2024 at 5:30 PM
May 2024

June 2024LGBTQIA+ Artist Pride Month / Lowell PRIDE
July/AugustSenior Art Show / Lowell Senior Center
September 2024

October 2024

November 2024

December 2024Winter Scenes / Western Avenue Studios


Previous Exhibits

February 2024: Skribble Studio and Refuge Lowell

Exhibiting work by Skribble Studio and youth artists from Refuge Lowell: Eclipse Hin, Zachary MacIsaac, and Nophea Vicheth.

October 2023: People

Exhibiting work by Arts League of Lowell members: Will Cunha, Matthew Goff, Mary Hart, Dian Hosmer, Ivan Orlinsky, Maryam Rose, Laura Shaw, Laurie Simko, Jean Winslow, and Will Winslow.

July/August 2023: Mid-Century Modern Architecture Arrives in Lowell 1950-1970

Exhibiting work by UMass Lowell Art and Design Professor Marie Frank and Graphic Design student Michael Page.

Guidelines

If you are planning on organizing an Art in City Hall show, please review these guidelines:

  1. Size and quantity: CASE has seven easels for displaying work, produced by UTEC. City Hall can accommodate approximately ten art pieces in total, though if more than seven art pieces are desired, then the artist or organization must supply the proper amount of easels. The easels from CASE can accommodate pieces of various sizes, but will not support pieces in a heavy frame. 3-D pieces are permitted, but the artist or organization must supply their own stand.
  2. Works cannot contain:
    1. Commercial material or endorsement
    2. Religious material
    3. Political content
    4. Displaying prices or price tags for the artwork is not permitted
  3. Artists may display: (artwork labels will be provided by CASE unless other arrangements have been made)
    1. Name
    2. Title of the piece
    3. Contact information
    4. QR codes to website/contact information
  4. Signage: Sponsoring organizations should supply CASE with a list of participating artists and the titles of the artwork at least two weeks before the start of the art show to allow time to generate and print signage. CASE will pay for signage in City Hall (including one explanatory a-frame sign and individual cards to label the artwork) and will produce social media posts about the show.
  5. Show perimeters: Shows featuring a single artist are discouraged. Each show runs roughly from the first day to last day of business in a month unless other arrangements have been made with CASE. A reception will be scheduled on a Tuesday at 5:30 PM for participating artists. City Hall can accommodate approximately ten art pieces in total.

To reserve a month, please contact Peter Crewe at pcrewe@lowellma.gov.

Floor Plan

Unless determined otherwise by CASE, the artwork will be showcased on the first floor. Depending on the size of the artwork, there is capacity for ten art pieces in total. 

The exact location of each artwork is flexible and can be determined on the set-up date. A CASE staff will assist with the set-up, movement, and take-down of the art show.

One sample floor plan is to have the art easels in the side hallway and in the front lobby.