NACOGDOCHES, Texas — The School of Art at Stephen F. Austin State University has announced that “costura,” an acrylic painting by Paul Valadez of Edinburg, will be included in “TEXAS NATIONAL 2009,” an exhibition in Nacogdoches through May 17 in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, located at 329 E. Main Street.

Created by the SFA School of Art, TEXAS NATIONAL is celebrating its 15th year on the national scene, said Christian Cutler, the university’s director of galleries. The competition is open to all artists living and working in the United States and is juried each year by an internationally acclaimed artist.

More than 350 artists from 39 states entered this year’s competition. Works by 91 artists from 27 states were chosen for the exhibition, and cash prizes totaling $4,500 were awarded during the show’s opening.

Mel Chin, American conceptual artist, is serving as the juror for this year’s event. He will give a gallery talk during the opening reception and announce the winners at 6 p.m. Running concurrently with “TEXAS NATIONAL 2009” upstairs in the Reavley Gallery will be Chin’s first animated film, “9-11/9-11: A Tale of Two Cities. A Tragedy of Two Times.”

Regular hours for The Cole Art Center are 12:30 to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. Both “TEXAS NATIONAL 2009” and Chin’s film are sponsored in part by Professor Emeritus John Daniel and Doris Daniel, Wachovia Securities, SFA Friends of the Visual Arts and Nacogdoches Junior Forum.

For more information, please call 936-468-1131.