Art Galleries

The City of Bowie Arts Committee maintains art galleries on the first and second floors of Bowie City Hall. The galleries, named East Gallery and West Gallery, include hanging space for photography and paintings, and two display cases for three-dimensional artwork.

The Arts Committee changes the gallery, usually on a quarterly basis. The majority of the gallery exhibits are juried shows. Artists all over the metro DC-Baltimore area are eligible to participate in the juried shows. Typically the committee sends emails to artists in its database telling them of upcoming shows and including a flyer/entry form. Artists are then invited to submit digital images (jpegs) of their artwork, photography and/or paintings/sculpture, along with the entry form.

The Arts Committee juries the work and lets artists know which pieces are selected for the upcoming show. Gallery hanging always takes place on Saturday mornings. Artists interested in receiving information about upcoming shows should contact Neil Norris, staff liaison to the Arts Committee, at 240-544-5601 or email  

City Hall is located at 15901 Excalibur Road in Bowie. The building is open Monday - Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 10 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturday 8:30 a.m. to noon for viewing what's on display in the galleries.

Current Exhibit: Figuratively Speaking 

The current exhibit in the City Hall Galleries is entitled "Figuratively Speaking" and includes a variety of pieces from local artists depicting different interpretations of abstraction. The theme for this show is abstract art: artwork that does not depict a realistic representation of a person, place or thing in the natural world, but instead emphasizes shape,form and color. The exhibit runs through September 13, 2019.

Gallery hours are the same hours as City Hall: Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon.

To view all of the artwork currently displayed in this exhibit at City Hall via Flickr, please click on the link provided below. 
View Artwork on Flickr
Figuratively Speaking

Upcoming Art Gallery Shows


Seasons of Change  (September 14, 2019 - November 16, 2019)
The theme for this show is artwork that illustrates the passing of time and/or seasons. Please note that nudes cannot be displayed in City Hall. 
Call to Artists
Entry Form