NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, Stephen F. Austin State University’s downtown Nacogdoches art gallery, has announced its holiday hours.

With the exception of Mondays, The Cole Art Center will be open each day throughout the rest of December. Hours are 12:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Exhibitions currently showing include “Collective Transference: Houston Area Clay” and “The Patriotic Art of World War I in France,” both of which are showing through Dec. 31.

“Collective Transference: Houston Area Clay” is a ceramics exhibition, curated by Jeff Forster and Michelle Matthews, that features clay artists who highlight the quality and diversity of artists working in Harris, Montgomery, Fort Bend, Liberty, Galveston, Chambers, Waller and Brazoria counties.

“The Patriotic Art of World War I in France” features French WWI posters from the extensive collection of Dr. Jere Jackson, former Regent’s Professor of History at SFA and director of the Center for East Texas Studies. Topics of the lithographed posters made during WWI address issues concerning the war, and the exhibition includes some posters that focus on children during the war.

Cole Art Center will be closed Jan. 1 through 23 while current shows are taken down and new shows are installed.

An exhibition of artworks by contemporary artist Junko Chodos, “Can We Hear Our Own Voice?,” opens Jan. 24 and shows through March 25. A reception with the artist will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, in Cole Art Center.

Griffith Fine Arts Gallery on the SFA campus will be closed from Dec. 15 until Jan. 18 when an exhibition of works by Erle Loran opens.

The exhibitions are free and open to the public and are sponsored in part by the SFA Friends of the Visual Arts, Nacogdoches Junior Forum and The Flower Shop. The Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. For additional information, call (936) 468-1131.