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Block Gallery

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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, juried by a selection 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 portion of a painting of a cat, owl, and bird by artist King Godwin

Art Unblocked 2020: Online
May 1 to July 2020

Arts Access, in partnership with the City of Raleigh's Block Gallery, is excited to host an exhibition titled Art Unblocked 2020: Online, featuring works of art created by emerging and established artists with disabilities.

View the Art Unblocked 2020: Online exhibition.


A grid of 6 artworks by Clarence Heyward, Stacy Crabill, King Godwin, Jeana Eve Klein, Ginger Wagg, and Rachel Campbell.

Creative Quarantine
Virtually featuring 18 artists in 3 rounds starting April 29, 2020

Raleigh Arts asked how artists were staying creative during the COVID-19 stay-at-home orders. With over 150 submissions, we chose a select few to share with you to reinforce that we are all in this together.

View the Creative Quarantine virtual exhibition

Artist Call

A black and white photograph of a street light and street sign at night by Adam Bellefeuil

Out of the Darkness
Deadline: July 17, 2020

Block Gallery invites you to submit to Out of the Darkness, a juried exhibition of photographs and videos that pay homage to Film Noir.

View the Out of the Darkness artist call

Gallery History

Block Gallery was designed to serve as one of the City's premier exhibition spaces. Managed by the Office of Raleigh Arts, the gallery has introduced nearly 200 artists to area residents and visitors since its inception in 1984. 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 great artists and great art.

See the full list of past exhibited artists.