The Block Gallery

Office of Raleigh Arts

Last updated Jan. 25, 2019 - 3:22 pm

Located on the first and second floors of the Raleigh Municipal Building, The 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.

Location and Hours

222 West Hargett Street
Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.
(open until 7 p.m, on opening reception nights)

Current Exhibit

Mothers, Daughters, and the Writing Life

Mothers, Daughters, and the Writing Life

Works by Elizabeth Matheson and Barbara Tyroler

Sept. 5 - Nov. 23

Artist Reception: Oct. 5, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Lunchtime Artist Reading: Oct. 24, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Elizabeth Matheson and Barbara Tyroler use writing and photography to inspire memory and search for meaning in their latest project. With mothers and daughters as the central theme, they have extended their photographic journey with a group of writers who articulate these intimate intergenerational spaces through their essays in Mothers & Strangers, an anthology edited by Samia Serageldin and Lee Smith, to be released by UNC Press April 2019.

Mothers are the most intimate of strangers. This series of photographs takes a fresh perspective to examining their lives, and those of their daughters, through portraits, spaces, and archival material. The writers provide commentary to each image through excerpts from their relevant works, adding a complementary dimension to the art. What do we discover about the relationship between mother and daughter? How do we view these women and their histories? What do we discover about ourselves? Mothers, Daughters, and the Writer’s Life sheds a fresh light on a primordial, complex, ever-evolving relationship.

More on Block Gallery:

Connecting local artists to community through ongoing exhibitions and public outreach, the Block Gallery was dedicated in 2006 to honor Miriam Preston Block, a former Raleigh City Council member and community leader. Greeting all visitors to the Upchurch Government Complex, the gallery’s marble walls and elegant staircase provide an ideal setting for showcasing original artworks. Exhibits change every eight to 12 weeks.

Office of Raleigh Arts:

The Office of Raleigh Arts, a part of the City of Raleigh’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department, fosters and promotes the arts in Raleigh by administering the programs of the Raleigh Arts Commission and the Public Art and Design Board and supporting the Pullen and Sertoma Arts Centers.


The 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," the Block Gallery fosters great artists and great art.

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