Best Of 2011

BEST NEW DIRECTION: Tampa Museum of Art

Since its reopening in February 2010, TMA’s offerings have included a series of noteworthy contemporary art showcases — from films and videos by Jesper Just (a traveling show from Brooklyn) to the museum’s latest offering: Syntax, an exhibition of witty and playful artwork incorporating text and symbols, on view through Sept. 25. Three years into his tenure, director Todd Smith isn’t exactly new to the scene, but under his leadership the museum has settled into a new direction — one that we like a lot. tampamuseum.org.