Thayer Street in Boston's SoWa neighborhood

List of Boston and New England art Galleries & Museums

I think there are a lot of people out there who want to know what Boston and its galleries are like! If so, you are in the right place. This article aims to orient you to all the various galleries that exist in Boston by neighborhood. This article will also move beyond the city to the suburbs.

Eventually, we want to create the same for New England, so we are definitely looking for collaborators for the Cape & Islands, Western MA, as well as our surrounding states – if you’d like to contribute your knowledge, get in touch!

(Note that there are additional maker spaces that either have gallery space or sometimes show art – we have not managed to list them… yet)

Boston by Neighborhood

Boston Galleries exist in multiple different neighborhoods, although the main areas where they tend to be found are Newbury Street (the “traditional” gallery location) and SoWa (South of Washington Street) the “newer” gallery location. This article is going to mention every gallery that we know of and that people mention to us – and if you see one missing, send it in!

The descriptions below are mostly taken from the galleries themselves, as they are the best at describing their own focus.

Back Bay/Newbury Street

Arden Gallery – Figurative art gallery on Newbury Street with a long history. Represents figurative contemporary artists, with some abstract artists as well.

Childs Gallery – Art gallery on Newbury Street established in 1937. “Childs Gallery holds an extensive inventory of oil paintings, drawings, watercolors, prints and sculptures… Childs Gallery has a long history of scholarship including more than 80 years of gallery publications represented in almost every fine arts library in the country.”

Copley Society of Art – “The Copley Society of Art, Co|So, is the oldest non-profit art association in the United States, with a history dating back to 1879. We currently represent over 300 living artist members, ranging in experience from students to nationally-recognized artists and in style from traditional and academic realists to contemporary and abstract painters, photographers, and sculptors.”

DTR Modern Gallery – “DTR Modern has been at the forefront of the art market since opening its first location in 2003. Today its seasoned gallery operation is the largest and most notable on the East Coast with four brick and mortar locations in Boston, New York City, Washington, DC and Palm Beach. By showcasing modern masters through post-war and working with emerging, mid-career and blue-chip artists or their estates for many years, DTR has cultivated exceptional long term relationships and regularly exhibits a formidable collection due to direct access to studios and archives.”

Galerie D’Orsay – “Since 2000, Galerie d’Orsay has served as Boston’s première resource for the finest of masterworks. Located in the heart of Boston’s Back Bay, the gallery and its qualified staff, provide acquisition and collection expertise to a wide-ranging global base of discerning art collectors. Galerie d’Orsay’s collection spans six centuries of art, featuring works by preeminent old masters, impressionists, and modern artists. The gallery maintains an internationally renowned stable of living artists.”

Gallery Naga – “Gallery NAGA has been exhibiting and selling contemporary art on Newbury Street in Boston since 1977. Our primary focus is painting, and we represent many of the most highly regarded painters working in Boston and New England. In addition, exceptional contemporary photographers, printmakers, and sculptors exhibit with us, as well as the international doyenne of holography, Harriet Casdin-Silver. We also specialize in studio furniture, presenting work by many of the premier makers of unique and limited edition furniture in the country.”

Guild of Boston Artists – “The Guild of Boston Artists is a nonprofit art gallery promoting representational painting and sculpture of enduring beauty by leading New England artists.  We are committed to fostering a love of fine art through our gallery exhibitions and educational programs.”

Judith Dowling Asian Art – The gallery specializes in fine Japanese art. The collection of paintings, ceramics, lacquer, Buddhist and Shinto arts, textiles and folk art are displayed in traditional Japanese surroundings on two floors. 

Krakow Witkin Gallery – “Krakow Witkin Gallery has a commitment to an extensive, yet focused group of artists known as part of the movements commonly called “Minimalism” and/or “conceptual art,” along with younger artists who have come to renown since the 1960s with reductivist aesthetics. The gallery’s exhibition program runs three shows simultaneously with six to seven rotations over the course of the September – July season. During each cycle, there is one larger show, one smaller show and one show of a single work. This juxtaposition of types of exhibition gives viewers three different rigorous contexts with which to view work and consider various ideas of presentation.”

Martha Richardson Fine Art – “Martha Richardson Fine Art, located at 38 Newbury Street in Boston’s Back Bay, focuses on the purchase and sale of high quality American and European paintings, drawings, sculpture and prints.”

Newbury Fine Arts – “Founded in 1984, Newbury Fine Arts has been a strong presence on Boston’s historic Newbury Street and has continued to showcase a unique assemblage of contemporary artists.”

Panopticon Gallery – “Panopticon Gallery (est. 1971) is one of the oldest fine art photography galleries in the United States. Located inside Hotel Commonwealth in Boston, MA, Panopticon exhibits contemporary photography by emerging and established photographers from around the globe.”

Pucker Gallery – “Pucker Gallery exhibits an eclectic and sophisticated collection of works by over 50 international artists, including ceramics, photography, painting, sculpture, mobiles, and mixed media works.”

Robert Klein Gallery – “Robert Klein Gallery was established in 1980 and ranks among the world’s most prestigious showrooms of fine art photography.”

Vose Galleries – “Since the founding of Vose Galleries in 1841, the Vose family has amassed over 300 years of experience in the art world, and has handled more than 34,000 American paintings, including over 25 artists’ estates. Vose Galleries specializes in top quality 18th, 19th and early 20th century American realist paintings and works on paper. Passed down through six generations from father to son- now daughters, Vose is the oldest family-owned art gallery in America, and has established a reputation for expertise in the history, acquisition and valuation of American art.”

South End/SoWa

Abigail Olgivy Gallery “Abigail Ogilvy Gallery exhibits contemporary art with a heavy emphasis on concept-driven artwork by emerging to mid-career artists located across the country and internationally.”

Alpha Gallery – [As of Sept 2020, currently closed due to COVID-19] “Alpha Gallery was founded in 1967 with a mission to present museum-quality contemporary art as well as modern master prints and American masters of the 20th century.”

Ars Libri (Robert Klein Gallery outpost) – Ars Libri is primarily an antiquarian bookstore, but houses an outpost of Newbury Street’s Robert Klein Gallery.

Beacon Gallery – (That’s us!) Representing local artists as well as showing European and Asian artists, Beacon Gallery connects emerging and mid-career artists with new and established collectors and institutions from around the world. Beacon Gallery focuses on curating shows with an eye towards activism and social justice

Boston Sculptor’s Gallery – A cooperative gallery focused on 3-dimensional work, Boston Sculptor’s Gallery is an award-winning gallery located directly on Harrison Ave.

Bromfield Gallery – “Founded in 1975, Bromfield Gallery is one of Boston’s premier artist-run galleries. With an emphasis on New England artists, Bromfield shows contemporary art in all media, including printmaking, sculpture, painting, and drawing, as well as video, installation, and new media.”

Chase Young Gallery – “[Chase Young] gallery is pleased to exhibit a wide variety of outstanding contemporary artists with a specific focus on innovative painting mediums.”

Claire Carino Contemporary – “Claire Carino Contemporary represents emerging and mid-career artists from around the world.”

Carroll and Sons – “Carroll and Sons supports contemporary artists who work in painting, photography, sculpture, video and works on paper. The Boston region has a rich community of artists and the gallery is privileged to work with a talented group of emerging, mid-career and established artists. The gallery is committed to bringing their work to the attention of curators, museums, collectors, publishers and other galleries along with bringing work from artists outside the region to our audience.”

Flowering Rock – While not a gallery in a traditional sense, Flowering Rock shows art on its walls! Here’s how they describe themselves: “Flowering Rock, is a company inspired by a place; a place where people overcame adversity through enormous creativity. We launched in 2012 after spending a year living in Greece. We were astonished by the industrious young people making the most from very little during one of the worst economic crisis in recent history.  To promote the abundance of creativity from artists, artisans, designers, makers and growers making inspiring things, we started Flowering Rock with the mission to delight the senses.”

Fountain Street Fine Art – “Fountain Street is a contemporary gallery in the SOWA art district of Boston, nestled among inviting shops, artist studios and galleries in a vibrant and diverse up-and-coming neighborhood. We exhibit a wide array of media from over 30 emerging and mid-career artists in both our main and annex galleries.”

Galatea Fine Art – “Galatea Fine Art is a Contemporary Art Gallery located in the heart of Boston’s SoWA neighborhood in the South End. Our members include a wide variety of painters, sculptors, photographers, and mixed media artists with both established and emerging careers.”

Gallery Kayafas – Gallery Kayafas has been in existence for many years and focuses on photography and other innovative fine arts.

Howard Yezerski Gallery – “Howard Yezerski Gallery is one of the most respected contemporary art galleries in Boston, Massachusetts… Howard Yezerski has been a gallery owner since 1968 with the opening of his first space in Andover, MA. With an understanding of the shifting industry, he relocated to Boston in 1988 and has been operating from the South End since 2008.”

International Poster Gallery – “Original Vintage Posters from around the Globe” This decades-old gallery is a treasure trove.

Jules Place – “Jules Place is a fine art gallery located in the SoWa district of Boston that represents over 150 nationally established artists. Artwork on display includes paintings, photography, sculptures and original works on paper.”

Kingston Gallery – “An artist-run gallery incorporated in 1982, Kingston takes its name from its original location on Kingston Street near Boston’s Chinatown. In the mid-90s, the gallery was one of the very first to relocate to Thayer Street, anchoring what has since developed into the vibrant SoWa arts district of Boston’s historic South End.”

Laconia Gallery – “Laconia Gallery is run by the Laconia Artists Corporation (LAC), a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. The LAC is dedicated to the promotion of the arts in the South End and the wider Boston area by providing non-commercial exhibit space to local artists and arts non-profits. The LAC owns and operates the Laconia Gallery, in the Laconia Lofts building in Boston’s South End.”

Laisun Keane – “LaiSun Keane is a contemporary art gallery championing emerging artists, women, minorities and the overlooked. The gallery was born in the Covid19 pandemic so it has a strong focus on producing online content and new ways of art presentation and art sales. Our physical space located at SOWA.”

LaMontagne Gallery – Founded in 2007, LaMontagne Gallery was a 2,300 square foot exhibition space located in South Boston on East Second Street and now resides at 460 Harrison Avenue in South Boston. LaMontagne Gallery was founded to create an environment in Boston for the display and sale of emerging contemporary artists. The gallery features visual, sound, and performance artists based in Boston and beyond.

Lanoue Gallery – “Lanoue Gallery is a full-service fine art gallery located in the dynamic SoWa Art + Design District in Boston’s South End. We feature contemporary paintings, sculpture, photography and mixed-media works by both Boston artists and a unique collection of emerging to established artists from across the globe.”

M Fine Arts Galerie – “Founded February 2016, M Fine Arts Galerie is dedicated to continuing to represent the inimitable group of international artists assembled over 18 years by the late Bertrand Delacroix, founder of iconic Axelle Galerie Soho and Boston.”

Piano Craft Gallery – “The Piano Craft Gallery advances the understanding of contemporary visual and performing arts in the community and promotes artistic purposes through exhibits, performances, lectures, meetings, and seminars in connection with matters of artistic concern.  The Piano Craft Gallery is an all volunteer-run non-profit community gallery space devoted to sharing artists’ work with the public.”

pinkcomma – pinkcomma is a place for the exchange and expansion of ideas within Boston’s larger design scene, not just in terms of architecture, but also in the disciplines of landscape, graphics, urbanism, interiors, and industrial design, among many other fields. pinkcomma strives to make design more pivotal in the city’s political and cultural discourses. The gallery’s role is often activist in nature, promoting works that may be at times politically unpalatable or financially untenable, unpopular or unacknowledged. The gallery highlights innovative thinkers of diverse interests who call Boston home. Their works offer us a window into the city’s design underground.

Soprafina Gallery – “Soprafina Gallery was founded in 2001 by Frank Roselli. We are committed to exhibiting contemporary fine art painting, works on paper and sculpture in a welcoming setting.”

Steven Zevitas Gallery – “Steven Zevitas Gallery was founded in 2003 in Boston’s South End and operated as osp gallery through 2007. The gallery exhibits and represents artists from throughout the United States. Notable artists who have had their first solo shows in Boston at the gallery include: Alex Jackson, Andrew Masullo, Ashley Doggett, Xylor Jane, Chuck Webster, Chris Ballantyne and Jered Sprecher. Group exhibitions have included  Philip Guston, Dana Shutz, Emily Furr, Jamaal Peterman, Vaughn Spann, Celeste Rapone, Clotilde Jimenez, Jonas Wood, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Gina Beavers, and Brian Calvin.”

Other Neighborhoods in Boston

Atlantic Works Gallery (East Boston) – “With a growing number of artists displaced by Boston’s soaring rents, East Boston is a richly diverse community which is quickly becoming a vibrant artist enclave. The Atlantic Works Gallery, composed of 29 members of the thriving East Boston Artist Group (EBAG), is a manifestation of this trend.”

HallSpace (Dorchester) – HallSpace exhibits work by emerging and distinguished artists and designers. The gallery collaborates with artists, designers, and curators who have an idea for a project or installation. HallSpace was a risky experiment in 1996, when it opened in a hallway on Thayer Street, in the SOWA District of Boston’s South End. Now, HallSpace is located in Dorchester, Boston’s largest neighborhood. A 10 minute walk from the Red Line JFK/UMASS station.

Harbor Arts (East Boston) Hosted by Boston Harbor Shipyard, “HarborArts works with the East Boston community and the Boston Harbor Shipyard to create a stage for dialogue through public art. We are a 14-acre rotating art collection in an open-air industrial setting, representing local and international artists, located on the Boston HarborWalk and open year-round to the public free of charge.”

Fort Point Arts Community Gallery (fpac) – (Fort Point) “Fort Point is home to over 300 artists who produce work in a wide array of media. It is recognized as one of New England’s largest artists’ communities. The historic warehouse buildings of Fort Point house painters, photographers, sculptors, designers, ceramicists, performance artists, jewelers, book artists, digital media artists, and more.”

Open Door Arts (Downtown) The Open Door Gallery, located at 89 South Street in Boston showcases the works of emerging and established artists with disabilities and works to convene the community in conversations around disability, identity, and culture.  

University Affiliated Art Galleries and Museums

With so many institutes of higher education, it shouldn’t be a surprise that many colleges and universities here in Massachusetts have museums and/or to display art and help students learn (and connect to the community!)

808 Gallery (BU)

Gallery 360 (Northeastern)

Cantor Art Gallery (Holy Cross)

The Ethelbert Cooper Gallery for African and African American Art (The Cooper Gallery, affiliated with Harvard University)

Danforth Art Museum (Framingham State)

Davis Museum (Wellesley College)

Harvard Art Museums

James C. Akillian Gallery (Massasoit Community College)

Mass Art Art Museum (MAAM)

Mead Art Museum (Amherst)

McMullen Museum of Art (Boston College)

MIT List Visual Arts Center (MIT Contemporary Art Museum)

MIT Museum

Mount Holyoke College Art Museum (Mount Holyoke)

Rose Art Museum (Brandeis)

RSM Art Gallery (Bentley)

Smith College Museum of Art (Smith)

Stone Gallery (BU)

Trustman Art Gallery (Simmons)

Tufts University Art Galleries

University Museum of Contemporary Art (UMASS)

University Hall Gallery (UMASS)

Williams College Museum of Art (Williams)

Independent Boston Art Museums

Boston Athenaeum

Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Galleries Outside Boston / Suburbs

13Forest (Arlington, MA) “13FOREST Gallery searches New England for outstanding artists – established and emerging – to offer the very best in original art and contemporary craft. We are a dynamic gallery space that features rotating exhibitions every 6 to 8 weeks, as well as a number of public programs designed to inform and inspire creative minds.”

Beth Urdang Gallery (Wellesley, MA) “Beth Urdang Gallery is one of Boston’s leading exhibition galleries focusing on contemporary American paintings, works on paper and important secondary market works of the American Modernist period (1915-1945).” She has recently departed from Boston after 25 years in the city, but is still open at two locations in Wellesley.

Clark Gallery (Lincoln, MA) “Clark Gallery exhibits contemporary art in all media by emerging, mid-career and established artists from the Northeast and nationally. The gallery’s exhibition program reflects a broad range of twentieth century ideas appealing to collectors and institutions with diverse interests.” (currently located in Lincoln and at a popup in 460 Harrison Ave Boston)

Drive By Projects (Watertown, MA) “In the wake of the 2008 recession, Beth Kantrowitz and Kathleen O’Hara closed their respective galleries (allston skirt and OHT) in Boston’s South End. For the next two years they worked together on pop-up projects in found spaces including a building lobby, a clothing store, a restaurant . . . working to the mantra “good art looks good anywhere.” When they installed Honey Bunny in the storefront studio at 81 Spring Street in Watertown, they had found a new home.

Gallery 263 (Cambridge, MA) “Exhibitions are at the core of Gallery 263’s mission and programming.  Since establishing our space as a 501c3 non-profit in 2010, Gallery 263 has been developing a rich spectrum of opportunities for emerging artists throughout the region to show their work and join our community. Each year, we host approximately 15 four or five-week exhibitions.”

Gallery Twist (Lexington, MA) “Based in Lexington, Massachusetts, in the heart of New England, gallery twist’s short-term exhibitions of artwork are displayed on two floors of an historic house. Here, you can easily imagine a newly-purchased piece of art settled into your own home or workplace.”

Gallery at Enso Flats (Brockton, MA) Run by Brockton Arts. “Brockton Arts exists to nurture, nourish, foster, and support the arts in the Brockton, MA area. We are a volunteer based arts and culture advocacy and support organization. Brockton Arts, Inc., is the new business name of Greater Brockton Society for Poetry and the Arts Inc. We have an engaged, vibrant Board of Directors and a mission tuned to the needs of our communities. We remain a 501c-3 tax exempt, non-profit educational organization charged with advocating for and promoting Arts and Culture in our communities.”

Gateway Arts Gallery (Brookline, MA) Gateway Arts, located in Brookline, Massachusetts, is an internationally acclaimed studio art center dedicated to providing individualized arts-based services to adults with disabilities and supporting meaningful lives and careers in art. For over forty years Gateway has nurtured the creative talents of artists with diverse diagnoses, strengths and needs. The Gallery exhibits six shows annually.

Marion Art Center (Marion, MA)

Pearl Street Gallery – (Chelsea, MA) “The Pearl Street Gallery presents art and artists from cities and towns North of Boston”

Renjeau Galleries (Natick, MA) Renjeau Galleries is one of the premier art galleries in the Boston area, offering a large selection of contemporary and traditional fine art by established and emerging artists. 

True North Gallery (South Hamilton, MA) “We began as a gallery focused on indigenous art from the circumpolar north, and slowly expanded our collection to include art, gifts, and décor inspired by the north, nature, and native traditions.”

Zullo Gallery (Medfield, MA) The Zullo Gallery is a nonprofit, volunteer-run organization originally created by the Medfield Council on the Arts to support and promote the arts through the exhibition of a wide range of fine artwork. It is a place for art exhibition, art education and live music performances.

Art Associations

Artists for Humanity (Boston)

Artspace Maynard (Maynard)

Boston Art Dealers Association (Boston)

Boston Center for the Arts (Boston)

Cambridge Art Association (Cambridge)

Concord Art Association (Concord)

East Boston Artists Group (website not currently functioning)

Haitian Artists Assembly of Massachusetts (Norwood)

Marblehead Arts Association (Marblehead)

Munroe Center for the Arts (Lexington Community Arts Center)

Newburyport Art Association (Newburyport)

Newton Art Association(Newton)

New Art Center (Newton)

Photographic Resource Center (Cambridge)

Rockport Art Association (Rockport)

Salem Art Association (Salem)

Society of Arts + Crafts

Southeastern Massachusetts Arts Collaborative (Attleboro)

South Shore Art Center (Cohasset)

Truro Center for the Arts (Truro)

Worcester and Western MA Art Spaces

(List in progress)

A.P.E. (Available Potential Enterprises Limited) – Northampton, MA “Available Potential Enterprises, Ltd. exists to support contemporary artists working in all disciplines, by preserving and supporting the spaces in which they create, perform and exhibit their work… A.P.E.’s main public space, with large storefront windows, is approximately 2,000 square feet. The space is used for visual arts, performance, readings, music, projects  and community special events.”

Northampton Center for the Arts – Northampton, MA “The Northampton Center for the Arts (NCFA) provides affordable space for artists, performers, and educators while developing programming dedicated to arts education, multidisciplinary collaborations, and community connections.”

Sprinkler Factory – Worcester, MA “Sprinkler Factory is home to many independent artist studios and creative businesses spread throughout the former Rockwood Sprinkler Company of Worcester complex. The heart and central hub of the Sprinkler Factory is the three expansive and light filled galleries, performance space and learning center that is dedicated to the cultural enrichment of the City of Worcester and beyond. The galleries and performance space is operated by AGSF INC, a nonprofit 501(c)3 arts organization.”

Art Museums in MA (excluding Boston)

The Art Complex Museum – (Duxbury)

Attleboro Art Museum (Attleboro)

Berkshire Museum (Pittsfield)

Cahoon Museum of American Art (Cotuit)

Cape Ann Museum (Gloucester)

Cape Cod Museum of Art (Dennis)

deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum (Lincoln)

Fitchburg Art Museum (Fitchburg)

FR MoCA (Fall River Museum of Contemporary Art) Temporary, may stay beyond Fabric 2020

Fuller Craft Museum (Brockton)

Griffin Museum of Photography (Winchester)

Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MoCA) (North Adams)

Museum of Russian Icons (Clinton)

Milton Art Museum (Relocating)

New Bedford Art Museum (New Bedford)

New England Quilt Museum (Lowell)

Norman Rockwell Museum (Stockbridge)

Peabody Essex Museum (Salem)

Provincetown Art Association and Museum (Provincetown)

Rockport Art Association & Museum (Rockport)

Sandwich Glass Museum (Sandwich)

Springfield Museums (Springfield)

The Clark Art (Williamstown)

Whistler House Museum of Art (Lowell)

Worcester Art Museum (Worcester)

Museums outside of MA

(list in progress)

The Aldrich (Ridgefield, CT)

Art Museum at USJ (University of St. Joseph) (West Hartford, CT)

Brattleboro Museum and Art Center (Brattleboro, VT)

Bruce Museum (Greenwich, CT)

Center for Contemporary Printmaking (Norwalk, CT)

Center for Maine Contemporary Art (Rockland, ME)

Center for Maine Contemporary Art (Rockland, ME)

Contemporary Art Galleries at UCONN (Storrs, CT)

Cummings Art Galleries (Connecticut College) (New London, CT)

Davison Art Center (Wesleyan) (Middletown, CT) – closed until 2023

Farnsworth Art Museum (Rockland, ME)

Fairfield University Art Museum (Fairfield, CT)

Fleming Museum of Art (UVM, Burlington, VT)

Florence Griswold Museum (Old Lyme, CT)

Hill-Stead Museum (Farmington, CT)

Lyman Allyn Art Museum (New London, CT)

Mattatuck Museum (Waterbury, CT)

Mystic Museum of Art (Mystic, CT)

New Britain Museum of American Art (New Britain, CT)

Newport Art Museum (Newport, RI)

Providence College Galleries (Providence College, Providence, RI)

RISD Museum (Rhode Island School of Museum, Providence, RI)

Slater Memorial Museum (Norwich Free Academy) (Norwich, CT)

Wadsworth Atheneum (Hartford, CT)

Westport MoCA (Westport, CT)

Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, CT)

Yearly Arts Festivals & Temporary Events

(list in progress)

Boston International Fine Art Show (postponed until 2021)  

Fabric Fall River – Arts Festival (happening in 2020)

Useful Links

Boston Open Studios and Art Walk Events List (from the City of Boston)

Mass Cultural Council (and all the local cultural councils)

New England Foundation for the Arts

And there’s this

Museum of Bad Art (MOBA)

This list is still growing – more galleries, art associations, art consultants and others to come!

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