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Sculptor Dora Natella presenting Talk Feb. 1 while at DMC to judge national art show

Article by: Rosa Linda Reynoso

Raised and educated in Italy, Dora Natella studied sculpture in the classical tradition at the Academy of Fine Arts in Naples. Taking an opportunity to immerse herself in a new culture with fewer direct connections to a classical past, she moved to the United States for advanced studies in bronze casting techniques. On Thursday, Feb. 1, Natella will share some of her techniques during a lecture at Del Mar College (DMC). 

The presentation now begins at 11 a.m. (time change made on 1/31/18) in Richardson Performance Hall, located on the College’s East Campus at Ayers and Baldwin. For more information, call the DMC Art Office at 698-1216 or email 


Dora’s work has been represented in the National Drawing and Small Sculpture Show several times in recent years. Dora is fully in command of expressive figurative sculpture making. We believe her work is transcendent, compelling and that her lecture will provide our students and the community a terrifically told story of her life’s work in sculpture.
Ken Rosier, chair of the Department of Art and Drama

Rosier continues, “Del Mar College is fortunate to have acquired a bronze relieve example of her work purchased in 2017, which is exhibited in the White Library 5th Floor Sculpture Gallery. We have enjoyed having her work in several recent National Drawing and Small Sculpture Shows to such an extent that we invited her to be the juror of this year’s show.”

In her work, Natella maintains an allegiance to a legacy of the figurative tradition from the Renaissance but with openness to contemporary modes of expression. She has previously entered her pieces in DMC’s annual National Drawing and Small Sculpture Show, and she will serve as this year’s juror for the 52nd annual show, which opens Feb. 16 at the College. 

Her artwork has been widely exhibited in many venues across the United States, including the most recent juried and invitational shows in South Carolina, Texas, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin.

Additionally, her sculptures have won many awards and are part of several private and public collections in Merida, Venezuela; Rome, Italy; and the United States.


In 2012 and 2014, Natella received Indiana Art Commission Individual Artist Grants. She earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in sculpture from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo with her career focused both on teaching at the collegiate level and her own work in the studio. 

Natella currently serves as a faculty member at Indiana University, South Bend, and she is a National Sculpture Society Fellow.

To learn more about her work, visit


About Del Mar College

Del Mar College empowers students to achieve their dreams. We offer quality programs, individual attention, outstanding instruction through faculty with real-world experience and affordable costs to credit and noncredit students in Corpus Christi and the South Texas Coastal Bend area. Nationally recognized while locally focused, we’re ranked in the top two percent of community colleges in the country granting associate degrees to Hispanic students (Community College Week). Del Mar College focuses on offering our students programs that match current or emerging career opportunities. Whether students are interested in the fine arts, sciences, business, occupational or technical areas, students get the education they need for the future they want at Del Mar College.