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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.



    Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.
    Open until 8 p.m. for receptions.

    Stacy Bloom Rexrode
    Curator of Exhibitions and Collections


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



    Current Exhibitions

    A long scroll of artwork created by Julia Caston the first portion reads your existence is an act of resistence

    Julia and the Pandemic Art Factory
    May 26 to July 23, 2021

    Julia and the Pandemic Art Factory showcases drawing and sculptural works, including two 30-foot scroll drawings, artist Julia Caston’s most ambitious and largest drawing project to date.

    Learn more about the exhibition

    Past Exhibitions

    Block Gallery has introduced nearly 200 artists to area residents and visitors since its inception in 1984. In addition to exhibitions in the gallery, Block Gallery has offered virtual versions of exhibitions which can still be viewed online. 

    View our virtual exhibitions and past exhibited artist list 

    Gallery History

    Managed by the Office of 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.