Best Art Museum 

Tucson Museum of Art

Readers Pick

Last season, the Tucson Museum of Art was the very model of an all-purpose city art museum, covering contemporary, traditional and local art in wide-ranging exhibitions. Chief curator Julie Sasse, who may just be the hardest-working art pro in town, staged Trouble in Paradise, a major show on environmental catastrophes that brought in work from artists around the country and abroad, but also included an installation by Heather Green, a talented young Tucsonan. This summer's Arizona Biennial looked at the state's cutting-edge art. But TMA also put on a sweeping survey of centuries of Chinese art and organized a gorgeous accounting of the work of Maynard Dixon, a Western artist whom even a modernist can love. And, just to be nice, Sasse put together a little show of the least-objectionable Ted DeGrazia work in honor of his 100th birthday.

Runners up:

2. UA Museum of Art

1031 N. Olive Road

621-7567, artmuseum.arizona.edu

3. TIE

Center for Creative Photography

1030 N. Olive Road

621-7968, creativephotography.org

Museum of Contemporary Art

197 E. Toole Ave.

624-6873, www.moca-tucson.org

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