NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The 22nd Annual Texas National Competition and Exhibition is currently on display at the Cole Art Center in historic downtown Nacogdoches. Thousands of artists from across the world submit their paintings, photographs, sculpture and mixed media pieces to be featured in the exhibit.

This year's elected juror, distinguished photographer Abelardo Morell, selected 98 pieces by 98 different artists from 29 states to be displayed in the Cole Art Center. This year's honorable mentions include:

Kathy Drago: Pre-Contact, from Houston, TX; John Lawler: Innocence and Violence, Hattiesburg, MS; and Raphael Warshal: Rio Douro 18, Gainseville, VA.

Winners Include:

3rd Place - Betsy Lewis: Finale, from Portland, ME

2nd Place - Serena Stevens: Just Keep Swimming, Albuquerque, NM

1st Place - David Shannon-Lier: Grassland Moonset, Gila National Forest, Phoenix NM

The 2016 Texas National will be featured from now through June 11th in the Cole Art Center: Ledbetter Gallery, alongside noted photographer Abelardo Morell exhibition, located in the Reavely Gallery.

Abelardo Morell, born in Havana, Cuba in 1948, immigrated to the United States with his parents in 1962. In 1977, he received his undergraduate degree from Bowdoin College and MFA from the Yale University School of Art in 1981. His work has been shown and collected in various galleries including the Metropolitan Art Museum in New York, The Chicago Art Institute, The San Francisco Museum of Art, The Boston Museum of Fine Art and over seventy-four museums in the United State and abroad. 

Among his publications is a photographic illustration of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1998) by Dutton’s Children’s Books and “A Camera in a Room (1995) by Smithsonian Press.

The Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. For more information, call (936) 468-1131.

Cutline: “Curiouser and Curiouser” is among the works by Texas National juror and acclaimed photographer Abelardo Morell that is featured in the artist’s exhibition running now through June 11 in Cole Art Center in conjunction with the SFA School of Art’s annual juried competition and exhibition.