City Hall Gallery

City Hall Gallery

Managed by COCA as part of the City of Tallahassee’s Art in Public Places Program, this intriguing space offers a diverse selection of group exhibitions by established and emerging local artists of the Big Bend area.

The exhibition schedule includes several juried, large group shows, each on display for six to eight weeks. Exhibits of original and contemporary artworks are curated, coordinated, arranged, and installed by COCA and they feature all media including paintings, drawings, fiber, photographic works, and sculpture.

Whether you’ve come specifically for the exhibitions, are attending a Commission meeting, or have business with the City, you can enjoy the light filled gallery space throughout the entire 2nd floor mezzanine. There is also a public exhibition area on the 4th floor in the Commissioners’ Main Conference Room, one of the most active public locations in City Hall.


The Council on Culture & Arts presents

Winter Festival

Youth Art Exhibition

On display at the City Hall Art Gallery and online 

November 16, 2022 – January 30, 2023


City Hall Art Gallery
300 South Adams Street
Main Gallery: 2nd floor mezzanine
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm
Free and open to the public

Click here to view the Online Gallery.

The Council on Culture & Arts invites you to the Winter Festival Youth Art Exhibition. Sponsored by the City of Tallahassee as part of the Art in Public Places program, this annual exhibition runs in conjunction with the City’s Winter Festival celebration. This juried exhibition features over 80 2-D and 3-D artworks by K-12 students from 30 different public, private, and charter schools in the Leon County area. Special thanks to this year’s guest juror, Debi Barrett-Hayes, Mayor John Dailey, and Amanda Karioth Thompson for selecting this year’s awards and to Lofty Pursuits for providing sweet treats to the awarded students! A total of 11 awards are given each year, selected artworks are as follows:

Mayor’s Award: 

Siena Bond 

Leon High School, 12th Grade 

Sarah Raulerson, Art Teacher 

The Stray, Acrylic Painting 


Amanda’s Choice Award: 

Megan Webb 

Lawton Chiles High School, 10th Grade 

Tonnar Estingoy, Art Teacher 



High School 1st Place: 

Kendall Sampson 

Leon High School, 12th Grade 

Sarah Raulerson, Art Teacher 

Hypochondriac, Graphite 


High School 2nd Place: 

Maria Boulos 

Maclay Upper School, 11th Grade 

Kaitlyn Dressel, Art Teacher 

 Trapped Inside, Digital Collage 


High School 3rd Place: 

Harleigh Derrickson 

Florida State University Schools, 9th Grade 

Katharyn Jones, Art Teacher 

Line, Digital Photography 


Middle School 1st Place: 

Maddie Holden Yvie Wentzell 

The School of Arts & Sciences at the Centre, 8th Grade 

Jasmine Kersey, Art Teacher  

The Springs, Watercolor Painting 


Middle School 2nd Place: 

Mary Price 

Maclay Middle School, 7th Grade 

Kim Daniel, Art Teacher 

Bobby Paints Blue, Acrylic Painting 


Middle School 3rd Place: 

Annsleigh Turner 

Cobb Middle School, 8th Grade 

Walter Thorner, Art Teacher 

Pathways, Watercolor Painting 


Honorable Mention: 

Charlotte Spinks 

Lincoln High School, 12th Grade 

Marilyn Proctor-Givens, Art Teacher 

 Lifeline, Acrylic Painting 


Honorable Mention: 

Jessie Powell 

Lawton Chiles High School, 12th Grade 

Teresa Coates, Art Teacher 

Untitled, Mixed Media 


Honorable Mention: 

Violet Carr 

The School of Arts & Sciences at the Centre, 8th Grade 

Jasmine Kersey, Art Teacher 

Gator Ross, Fiber


Debi Barrett-Hayes


Debi Barrett-Hayes, retired Art Education professor from Florida State University Schools has taught visual arts for over four decades and was the 2022 National and 2021 Florida Distinguished Service Award recipient. Debi is a former Disney American Teacher Award recipient, a National Milken Educator, a two-time Christa McAuliife Award recipient and a former Florida District Teacher of the Year. Debi is one of a few selected teachers featured in an upcoming publication “Real Lives 21” to be used in the education of new art teachers. Debi’s studio practice focuses on mixed media painting.


City Commissioners’ Main Conference Room

Emphasizing the City of Tallahassee’s commitment to showcase local art and artists, COCA initiated an expansion of the Art in Public Places program. In collaboration with the City, COCA has designed a public exhibition space on the fourth floor of City Hall in the City Commissioners’ Main Conference Room. This space is one of the most active public locations in City Hall, frequented by local leaders and decision makers. 

Members of the Mayor’s staff tour the City Hall Gallery and select a variety of artworks for COCA to install in the Commissioners’ Main Conference Room. The artworks currently on display were selected from the 2022 Creative Tallahassee exhibition. Fifteen of the area’s most exciting artists are highlighted in this extension exhibition, featuring artworks in a variety of media including photography, acrylic paint, digital collage, fiber, and watercolor paint, and mixed media.

The participating artists are:

Todd Bertolaet, Bill Humphries, Jennifer Lange, Yoshiko Murdick, NED, Stewart Nelson, Rob Nixon, Rabon Ragan, Michael Riffle, Roberto Santos, Richard Stevens, Kristen Summers, Randy Trainer, Sharard X, and Leslie Cohen.

Leslie Cohen’s artwork, pictured on the right, is the winner of the 2022 Mayor’s Purchase Prize. Cohen’s quilted mixed media artwork titled Developing Dialogue is now part of the City of Tallahassee’s permanent art collection. As part of the permanent collection, this piece will remain on public display within City Hall following the close of the 2022-2023 Creative Tallahassee Extension Exhibit.