NACOGDOCHES, TEXAS - Art galleries operated by the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art will close Wednesday, Nov. 23, for the Thanksgiving holidays and reopen Tuesday, Nov. 29.

Currently on display in the on-campus Griffith Gallery is "Art of the Pacific Rim: Artifacts and Art from Northwest America, Oceania, Melanesia, Asia and Central America."

The exhibition, which comprises over 30 masks, weapons, dolls and artifacts from the private collection of Nacogdoches residents Dr. Robert Gruebel and Jo Ellen H. Carlson, will close on Friday, Dec. 16.

Griffith Gallery is located in Room 208 of the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Dr. Regular gallery hours are 12:30 to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday.

Patrons who have still not viewed "John Heliker: Drawing on the New Deal 1932-1948" in the Reavley Gallery of The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House may do so through Tuesday, Nov. 22, the last day for the exhibition. The show includes drawings and sketchbooks by American artist John Heliker, who achieved early fame for his expressionistic work in the 1930s and '40s.

"The Legacy of Diedrich Rulfs: Architect of Nacogdoches," which is on display in the Ledbetter Gallery of The Cole Art Center, will run through Saturday, Jan. 14. The exhibition features photographs taken by SFA Associate Professor of Art Christopher Talbot of homes and buildings in Nacogdoches that Rulfs designed.

The Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. in downtown Nacogdoches. Its regular hours are 12:30 to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Admission to all galleries is free. For more information, please call (936) 468-1131.