Spring Semester Award Winners

WRITTEN BY: lfunke

Photos take by Nossi College of Art Student, Jason Lyell This spring, 41 students were nominated in seven award categories at Nossi College of Art’s Open House featuring the Senior Show. From Most Improved to Most Creative, these awards, presented at the end of each semester, highlight successes from the student body. Nossi College’s adjunct faculty members and select staff members help nominate students who excelled throughout the semester.   “I’m honored to be part of the nominating class each semester because I am always impressed with the level of work our students are producing and the commitment they have to their craft,” said Libby Funke, Student Activities Director at Nossi College. The award ceremony takes place after the Senior Show. Winners are announced in the following categories: Most Creative, Class Participation, Most Improved, Ambassador, Academic All Star and Talent Discovery. Academic All Star and Talent Discovery are awards reserved only for graduating seniors. The student with the highest GPA in each program earn Academic All Star while one student, considered “best of the best” among Nossi’s most creative students is picked for Talent Discovery and presented with a $400 prize. Class Participation Susan Birchfield of Milton, Tenn and Audrey Hale of Nashville Most Improved Ashleigh McBride of Glasgow, Ky and Hector Mendoza of Clarksville, Tenn Excellent Student Suzan Ahmed of Richmond, Va., and Kayla Crumbley of Nashville Ambassador Award Sean Williams of Nashville and Angela Everett of Hendersonville Most Creative Joseph Ebanks of Nashville and Michael Gribble of Hendersonville…

UX UI Design, Nossi’s Web Design Certificate

WRITTEN BY: lfunke

Story by Les Kerr Being work force ready in any field is advantageous for those seeking employment and for employers seeking new hires who can hit the ground running. Nossi College of Art’s new User Experience and User Interface Design (UX/UI) Certificate will allow Middle Tennesseans to quickly get up to speed when they enter the modern work force. UX/UI design is a necessity to create a better digital relationship between customers and clients. Nossi’s certificate allows students to build upon their professional development, making more desirable job recruits on a convenient, sixteen-week schedule. In describing User Experience (UX) and User Interface (UI), Paul Edoho-Eket, Web and Interactive Program Manager at Nossi, said it helps people use technology easier. That results in the user desiring to stay on a company’s website, potentially netting more revenue, interaction and customer satisfaction. “If you can make a more usable product, the customer’s going to be happy and [a business will] get more customers and everybody wins,” said Edoho-Eket. “More and more, the term UX/UI is appearing on job sites. Employers realize how important it is.” The interest and need of UX/UI designers by local employers and the tech community played an integral role in Nossi’s decision to offer this certificate. Nashville is already a center for technology. The area comprised of Nashville, Davidson County, Murfreesboro and Franklin, TN is among the top ten job markets for new college graduates, according to ZipRecruiter. More tech industries and people interested in tech careers are moving…

New Gallery Exhibit Features Nossi Illustration Instructor, Lisa Taylor

WRITTEN BY: lfunke

Centennial Art Center’s 2017 spring exhibit, A Walk in the Woods, celebrates the natural world with four artists exploring the textures, colors and glowing beauty of natural wood. Landscape paintings by Lisa Taylor, a local, Nashville artist combined with graceful handcrafted wood-turned vessels and sculptures by Barry Werner and Michael Holowach, and intricately sculpted furniture by Douglas Lawrence. The exhibit begins with an artists’ opening reception on Friday, April 7, 2017, from 5-7 p.m. Lending a more two-dimensional approach to A Walk in the Woods, Lisa Taylor’s expressive oil paintings convey feeling and a connection to nature with lush, verdant landscapes. Lisa feels her mission as an artist is to capture fleeting moments, aiming to represent not what is seen, but what is felt. Originally from a small town southwest of Nashville, Tenn., Lisa is an adjunct faculty member at Nossi College of Art, a professional art school in Nashville. She earned a Masters in Fine Art and a Bachelor of Science in Logistics from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in New York. She has been in numerous group and juried exhibits and is a national award-winning artist. She teaches Color Theory and Basic Drawing to students in Nossi’s Illustration Program. Lisa is an eight-year veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, where she worked in Planning and Contingency Preparedness, filling numerous management positions and roles in Emergency Management. In addition to the lovely landscapes of woods and streams shown in this exhibit, Lisa paints expressive cityscapes, still lifes and figurative paintings….

Business and Marketing Classes Designed for Art Students

WRITTEN BY: lfunke

As an artist, it is extremely important to understand the value you bring to the table during business discussions. That perceived value (set by you and viewed by the client) can help determine your pay rate – show up to a meeting disheveled and unorganized, that may show clients you aren’t professional or can’t be taken seriously. However, if you show up looking styled, organized and ready to share research during the meeting – then your perceived value increases and so can your earnings.  The more students learn to understand the art of business, the more successful they will be in the creative and tech industries. At Nossi College, understanding business isn’t a subject taught in a class, it is a class all by itself. Whether students are studying photography, video, design or illustration, everyone takes business classes to learn about developing business plans, creating contract agreements, understanding good communication, negotiating pay rates and we even brush over advertising and marketing.  Marketing plus advertising ideas and theories are discussed more in-depth during Online Marketing class, which is taken in conjunction with our business classes.  Students can truly understand the process it takes to share stories and successes about their business. Those posts and blogs could lead to additional clients and referrals! Students start with social media and then dive more into running their own website, blogging about experiences and sharing content on social media. Check our two of our student stories below! Joshijah Spence Photography – Joshijah has been blogging about…

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