Ms. Nossi Vatandoost – Living Boldly for Change

WRITTEN BY: lfunke

Story by Les Kerr | NASHVILLE – The theme of the 2017 International Women’s Day, celebrated today, March 8, is “Be Bold for Change.” No one personifies this motto more than Ms. Nossi Vatandoost, founder of Nossi College of Art. After growing up in Persia (modern-day Iran), then, studying at Heidelberg University in Germany, she moved to the United States with her husband, Ira. She began as a fine artist and then became a public school art teacher. Desiring to expand possibilities for her students, she moved into a borrowed kitchen to teach students fine art at three dollars per lesson. She kept dreaming and achieving and eventually founded Nossi College of Art in 1991.   With the encouragement of first, her mother and then, her husband, Ms. Nossi has always had a bold vision and the strength to follow her passion and share it with others who wanted to learn. That vision has resulted in the successful and well-respected institution that bears her name and serves its students well. Among the concepts being celebrated under the Be Bold for Change mantra of International Women’s Day are forging women’s advancement, celebrating women’s achievements and championing women’s education. Nossi College of Art has grown because its leader knows each student needs to learn practical skills for the job market, as well as artistic technique. To this end, Ms. Nossi encourages them to achieve and learn. Ms. Nossi is an incredible example of not making excuses, never giving up, and having a vision. She…

Nossi College and it's beginnings

WRITTEN BY: lfunke

Have you ever wondered how Nossi College of Art came to be? It was the persistence of Ms. Nossi Vatandoost and her dedication to art that allowed Nossi to succeed in so many areas. Discover how Ms. Nossi started in the arts and how Nossi College came to be! This article was originally published in the Spring 2014 WKU Alumni Spirits Magazine for Nossi College of Art’s 40th Anniversary. We thought you might enjoy the read.

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