Best Show of 2006: Rob Tyler's Color and Modulation at CenterSpace—an obsessive Gesamtkunstwerk in painting, film, digital video, photography and sound.
Best Painting Show: (tie) Eva Lake's vibratory abstractions at Augen and Omar Chacon's scenery-chewing psychedelia at Motel.
Best Sculpture: Bean Finneran's porcupinelike ceramics at PDX.
Best Mixed Media: Brenden Clenaghen's opulent ghostscapes at Pulliam Deffenbaugh.
Best Installation: Adam Bailey's Lineage of Harmonic Sensation at Portland Art Center.
Best Group Show: (tie) TJ Norris' gray_area at Guestroom and Blood Rainbow Family's Haunted at Disjecta.
Best Museum Show: Oregon Biennial 2006—may the gods bless Jennifer Gately for getting it right!
Best New Gallery: Quality Pictures.
Best Event: The Affair @ Jupiter Hotel—the third time was a charm.
Best Performance-Art Crossover by Visual Artists: Bruce Conkle and Marne Lucas' uproarious absurdist play, The Untold Adventures of Lewis and Clark, staged by Blinglab at PICA's TBA Festival.
Best Arts Website: TJ Norris' now-defunct Is It Art? on oregonlive.com.
Best Art Junket: Two chartered party buses shuttling between Portland and Eugene in late June, taking dozens of local artists, curators and scenesters to see Roy Lichtenstein prints at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art. It was like Furthur for art geeks: free-flowing booze, outrageous conversation, romantic intrigue and, oh yeah, some damn fine prints by the late, great pop master.