Rep. Kaufman’s district art displays were featured in this month’s State Legislatures magazine, published by the National Conference of State Legislatures.

And in Massachusetts, Representative Jay Kaufman (D) of Boston runs his own art gallery in the State House, showcasing the work of artists from his district, and occasionally beyond. “I’ve been doing this for 16 years with whatever wall space is allotted to me,” he says. “Happily, I have a 46-foot wall right now, and absent some local talent, it would be a very uninteresting wall.” The exhibits change every six to eight weeks, and when it is time for a new installation, it is also time for a wine and cheese reception. “We celebrate the art, and I introduce the artist to my colleagues. It gives them an excuse to come over, see the art and chat.”

For information on the current art display, visit the District Art Show page on this site. If you are a local artist interested in displaying your work, please call Karin at 617-722-2320.