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Block Gallery

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Current Exhibitions Gallery History

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 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

Promotional image for the Block Gallery Exhibition Breathe: Life After Death. Photo features the faces of Clarence Heyward, JP Jermaine Powel, William Paul Thomas and Telvin Wallace with black masks on.

Breathe: Life After Death
August 10 to September 18, 2020

Breathe: Life After Death is an exhibition and social exercise featuring four emerging African American North Carolina-based painters. The exhibition explores American life during and after the pandemic, worldwide protests for racial equality and the consequences of social distancing. 

View the Breathe: Life After Death virtual 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

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.