Best Of 2008

BEST VENUE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART: The Arts Center

For Bay area art lovers, The Arts Center in downtown St. Petersburg is an oasis of skillfully curated, gently provocative, smart-as-a-whip exhibits of contemporary art. From an unconventional exploration of tattoo in art — on and off its conventional canvas, skin — to a look at sassy, cutting-edge takes on embroidery and crochet, the past year has confirmed The Arts Center’s commitment to exposing a general audience to fresh ideas in art. Kudos to curator Amanda Cooper and the Center’s many talented guest curators.