NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art and the SFA Galleries will host the exhibition “Collective Transference: Houston Area Clay” Oct. 31 through Dec. 30 in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

The ceramics exhibition, curated by Jeff Forster and Michelle Matthews, features clay artists who highlight the quality and diversity of artists working in Harris, Montgomery, Fort Bend, Liberty, Galveston, Chambers, Waller and Brazoria counties.

“Many were born and raised out of state and landed in Texas via job opportunities, relationships and/or education,” explained John Handley, director of SFA Galleries.

The selected artists include George Bowes, Susan Budge, Lauren Clay, Sharon Dennard, Trey Duvall, Kelley Eggert, Carter Ernst, Jeff Forster, Roy Hanscom, Clara Hoag, Jessica Kreutter, Clay Leonard, Michelle Matthews, Anthony Sonnenberg, Kamila Szczesna, Sharon Warrington, Carolyn Watkins and Tracye Wear.

Anna Walker, Windgate Foundation Curatorial Fellow for Contemporary Craft at the The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, stated: “The curators have provided a snapshot, a moment in the trajectory of a field, that captures the energy and range of Houston-based artists.”

A reception and artist talk will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, at The Cole Art Center. Among the sponsors are the SFA Friends of the Visual Arts, the Nacogdoches Junior Forum and The Flower Shop. Admission is free.

The Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. For more information, contact Michelle Matthews at