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The Nave Museum will present an exhibit titled “Underdog” by Crossroads native artist Patricia Compton.

The exhibit opens to the public on July 26, and runs through Sept. 8.

Born in Refugio and raised in Goliad, Compton has been painting since receiving her first art award from the Texas Department of Culture in Austin, at the age of 12. She graduated from the University of North Texas with a BFA in Design. Upon graduation she won an international design competition, which awarded her the funding to move to New York City, according to a news release from the museum.

Her art career began with numerous group shows in Manhattan and Washington, D.C., including The Pace Collection, Washington. She also has had solo shows in East Hampton, NY as well as various galleries in Austin, San Antonio, and Alamo Heights.

The Nave Museum will be her first museum show. Upon publication in David Carson’s “Speak” she decided to make the move out of New York City and “hole up” somewhere to paint a large new body of work. Goliad seemed like a good choice so Compton came back home.

Museum hours are noon-5 p.m., Tuesday-Friday and noon-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Admission is always free, but freewill donations are accepted. Memberships are available with members invited to attend preview openings and patron parties where they meet the artist and hear their presentation, and mingle with other members of the Victoria Regional Museum Association. For more information, visit the museum’s website at or call 361-575-8228.

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