Annie Leibovitz leads Jackie Mantey's list of 2012 highlights.

Annie Leibovitz

Wexner Center for the Arts

Sept. 22-Dec. 30

This was the Columbus art event of the year. The exhibit has brought in more visitors per day, on average, than any other exhibition in the Wex's 23-year history. A bevy of complementary events and a secondary exhibit, "Pilgrimage," perfectly framed the debut of the famed photographer's master set - 156 striking images of pop culture's most fascinating.

"Sacrifice + Bliss: Aurora Robson"

Franklin Park Conservatory

Sept. 9-April 28, 2013

Incredible are the treasures that Brooklyn-based artist Aurora Robson makes out of trash. It's also incredible that she addresses consumption and pollution without stepping once on a soap box.

"The Radical Camera"

Columbus Museum of Art

April 19-Sept. 9

The social situations and cultural circumstances presented in these images, which were taken on the streets of New York in the early 20th century, made this an artistic and historical tour de awesome.

"Todd Slaughter: American Primitives"

CCAD's Canzani Center Gallery

Sept. 27-Nov. 8

Canzani Center Gallery had a banner year, thanks in large part to its new exhibitions director Michael Goodson. The fact that its exhibits are free should be considered part of CCAD's community service. "American Primitives" was a welcome study by this Columbus sculptor of the notion of self-reliance in America.

"Keeping Time: The AM Cuckoo Series"

Ohio Art League

Oct. 4-27

Local artist Kat Marie Moya worked on the 12 cuckoo clocks in this exhibit for nearly two years. The assemblages' pieces, such as the topper from her parents' wedding cake, and use of Moya's glass etching and wood carving skills, made them worth the time to create and visit.