Artworks hang on the walls of Block Gallery at the Raleigh Municipal Building

Block Gallery

Raleigh Arts

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Located on the first and second floors of the Raleigh Municipal Building, Block Gallery offers five to six exhibitions each year featuring works by artists who live or work in Chatham, Durham, Johnston, Orange, or Wake County. Exhibitions are scheduled through a call for artists selected by a panel of visual arts professionals, Raleigh Arts Commissioners, and City staff.

Plan Your Visit

Use the information below to plan your visit.



  • Monday - Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. 
  • Saturday and Sunday: Closed


Visitors can park in the Municipal Building Deck at 201 W Morgan St., Raleigh, NC 27601. Use our interactive map to find other parking.



Stacy Bloom Rexrode
Curator of Exhibitions and Collections, Raleigh Arts


Raleigh Municipal Building
222 W. Hargett St.
Raleigh, NC 27601



Current Exhibitions

various mediums and sizes of artwork hang on the wall at Block Gallery

The National Arts Program 16th City of Raleigh Employee Exhibition
February 8 through May 26, 2023

The National Arts Program and Raleigh Arts have partnered for the sixteenth year to create an exhibit that celebrates the artistic expression of employees and their families. 

Learn more about the current exhibition at Block Gallery

Past Exhibitions

Below are some of Block Gallery's past exhibitions. You can also view a list of past exhibited artists.

Photograph of distorted horizon with blurry, bright colors of yellow, red, pink and black


MAKE // TAKE showcased the photographic works of North Carolina-based image makers, curated by gallerist and photographer Lindsay Metivier of Peel Gallery + Photo Lab. The exhibition title evokes the conversation about whether or not photographs are made or taken.

Learn more about MAKE // TAKE

Colorful fish swimming blue water

Art Unblocked 2021

Arts Access, in partnership with the City of Raleigh's Block Gallery, hosted an exhibition titled Art Unblocked 2021, featuring works of art created by emerging and established artists with disabilities.

Learn more about Art Unblocked 2021

a grid of stills and artwork from Joshua Steadman, Robyn Scott, Lakeshia Reid, Joyce Watkins King, Amy Flynn, and Geddes Levenson.

Creative Quarantine

In April 2020, Raleigh Arts released an artist call asking artists how they stayed creative during the COVID-19 stay-at-home order. Over 150 submissions were received. Eighteen artists were selected, each receiving a $200 artist honorarium.

Learn more about Creative Quarantine

Gallery History

Managed by Raleigh Arts, Block Gallery was designed to serve as one of the City's premier exhibition spaces. Established in 1984 and dedicated in 2006 to honor community leader Miriam Preston Block, its marble walls and impressive staircase provide an ideal setting for art.

In accordance with the mission "to connect local artists to community through ongoing exhibitions and public outreach," Block Gallery fosters artists and artwork.