Baltimore Museum of Art

10 Art Museum Drive, (443) 573-1700, http://www.artbma.org

Under the guidance of art-scene dynamo Doreen Bolger ("Best Do-Gooder," 2011), the BMA has transformed itself into a major player not only in the stuffier upper echelons of the art scene but down at the ground level. The museum reopened its Contemporary Wing this year and included work by street artist Gaia and Wham City wizard Jimmy Joe Roche, plus an impressive new collection of international work. We've, of course, quibbled with a few curatorial choices over the years and were saddened by the recent layoffs, but the BMA is exactly what a local arts institution should be. Over the years it has won "Best Exhibit" (2005), "Best Place to See Art" (2006), "Best Local Art Representing" (2007), "Best Museum Series" (2007), and more than one "Best Museum" (1999, 2001, 2003) or "Best Big Museum" (2000). It can even claim "Best Place to Score" (1999). With more renovations scheduled to be completed this year, we're looking forward to seeing what else the BMA has in store for us.

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