NCTC Alumna creates art for new building

Elizabeth F. Abu | Apr 19, 2018

North Central Texas College Alumna Desiree Drattlo created two art pieces for the brand new Industrial Technology Center on the NCTC Bowie campus.

Drattlo graduated from NCTC with an Associate of Science Degree in 2013. She then went on to Texas Woman’s University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude, in 2017.

NCTC Bowie Campus Director Karen Davis knew that Drattlo was up to the task of creating the art for this space. 

“When Karen came to me I knew that the art work must be created to speak for this space,” said Drattlo. “I also knew that the art must be durable and hold up to being around the kind of work that will take place in this building. Karen gave me the parameters of what she was looking for and the belief in me that I could accomplish what she was seeking.”

The new ITC building will house Welding, Machining, Industrial Mechanics, HVAC, Electrical and Petroleum Technology.

Drattlo’s work is titled “Continuum” and is based around the ongoing process of redeveloping and building upon what already exists.  

“When I started the project I thought, “This will be the first time I have created something that wasn't based around my own emotions,” said Drattlo. “Little did I know, this would be the exact opposite of what I had anticipated. Throughout my work I reflect heavily on my own experiences and emotions.

Drattlo was the caregiver for her father during his time in hospice until he passed away in early April.

“I would work on the installation in between my duties of taking care of him,” explained Drattlo. “Pouring the first layer of white, blue and red paint I began to see the relationship we all have with life and death. This realization allowed me to acknowledge that my father taught me how to embrace my community and be an active member in it.”

Drattlo currently works part-time for NCTC in the Bowie campus library.

“Creating “Continuum” has given me the opportunity to give back to a community that is very near and dear to my heart,” said Drattlo. “NCTC is more than a community college to me; I view the staff here at the Bowie campus to be my extended family. The community on the Bowie campus continues to grow through the staff, students and the City of Bowie.”



NCTC Chancellor Dr. Brent Wallace and NCTC Alumna Desiree Drattlo stand by her art piece “Continuum” in the new NCTC Bowie Industrial Technology Center.



Guests admire artwork done by NCTC Alumna Desiree Drattlo at the grand opening of the NCTC Bowie Industrial Technology Center.