Fulbright Scholarship Foundation Recognizes Nossi

WRITTEN BY: lfunke

In the fall of 2016, Nossi College of Art was proud to be accepted into the Fulbright Scholar Program. Established in 1945 with the help of Senator J. Williams Fulbright and President Harry Truman, The Fulbright Scholar Program provides an International Academic Exchange to promote a more peaceful and a prosperous world. There are 155 nations who currently participate in the Fulbright Scholar Program. This legislation increases the international understanding between the United States and foreign nations while focusing on environmental issues, food security, public health, education and other challenges requiring innovative and creative ways to break down barriers and transcend borders between nations. The Fulbright Scholar Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State through its Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It provides grants to faculty and administrators of institutions of higher learning all around the world. One of its purposes is to advance understanding among people from different countries. Through professional development and international engagement, scholars are encouraged to participate in seminars and conferences and learn from other scholars across the globe. Dr. Byron Edwards, the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Nossi College of Art, is the Fulbright Liaison. He is one of approximately 1,700 Fulbright Liaisons around the world. Edwards commented, “Our faculty members consist of Creatives. It is my hope that they will be able to contribute to the success of the Fulbright Scholar Program by using their creative talents to enhance international understanding and appreciation for all cultures.” Nossi College encompasses Fulbright’s…

Nossi's Film & Video Coordinator Debuts Film @ Belcourt Theater

WRITTEN BY: lfunke

Join Hans Chilberg and his team behind LION SUIT DREAMSCAPE at Belcourt Movie Theater in Nashville as they screen a Nashville-based, true independent, feature narrative. Enjoy this 100-minute break from the holidays and a journey into dream, question, genre destruction, tasers, space poetry, love and quest… Hans Chilberg’s high school fascination with stories and seeing them come to life on screen planted seeds resulting in the release of his new independent narrative feature film, Lion SuitDreamscape. The movie, described as a rare mix of romance, comedy, sci-fi and mystery, was filmed primarily in Nashville, with some scenes shot in Knoxville. Hans, Nossi College of Art’s Video & Film Coordinator, was raised in Nashville, studied film and screenwriting in California and lived and focused on the film industry. He was particularly intrigued by the creation of the stories he saw on screen. “Stories, in general, were exciting to me,” Hans said. “I gravitated toward the art of visual storytelling in high school. I started seeing movies like Wes Anderson’s Bottle Rocket and John Favreau’s Swingers. They were low budget, and I liked hanging out with the characters. I felt these were movies about real things and that kind of woke me up.” – Read more here.   Abe dreams of his childhood TV hero and a woman he’s never seen. When she shows up in real life, he sets out through Nashville in search of her true identity but uncovers much more. Genre: Comedy. Romance. Sci-Fi. Mystery. Come of age again with us Thursday, Dec 8th. RSVP HERE…

Illustrate your Motivation – Lisa's 30-Day Challenge

WRITTEN BY: lfunke

Pushing yourself to be your best can be tough. You know all your own weak spots – procrastination, distraction, rationalization – recognizing them and learning to overcome them is extremely important in the creative profession. Lisa Taylor, an illustration instructor at Nossi College of Art, took a challenge to push herself by creating one new painting each day for 30 days. Many artists know this as a 30-Day Challenge, and in addition to finding inspiration for herself; Lisa is giving inspiration to other artists as well. “I am not a morning person at all,” said Lisa when discussing finding the time to paint each day. “I tend to be more active in the afternoon.” Lisa limits her painting hours to late evening because “It is one of the little flaws I have found (about myself),” she said. “If I have too much time, I get too meticulous and too much into detail.” She took that into consideration when starting her 30-Day Challenge in September. When painting every day, an artist learns about her approach, mixing colors and variations on brush strokes. She also discovered her drawing skills improved and decisions could be made at a much quicker pace. “It helps you in determining what kind of stuff you like painting and the colors you lean towards, and you may not realize it until you are done,” she said. Lisa’s focus as an artist changes and morphs because she doesn’t want to get burned out by staying on the same subject….

Bringing Murals to Life

WRITTEN BY: lfunke

Walking down a hallway in Antioch, a giant orca jumps out of the ocean, it’s black and white, slippery skin glittery from the water droplets. The orca is playing with her new friend, a vivid, pink octopus wildly waving its tentacles. The children’s eyes light up as they watch the scene unfold in their imagination. “When Lance sent me proofs, I loved the sea world [mural],” said Marcus Meneese, Director of Stronger than my Father, a non-profit based in Antioch, Tenn. “We want the kids to have something fun to look at every afternoon, something that will inspire them to live out their dreams.” Stronger Than My Father was excited to showcase three murals commissioned by Lance Askins during their Grand Opening featuring Mayor Megan Barry. The non-profit is an after-school program designed to give encouragement and education assistance to students in kindergarten through eighth grades within the Antioch Community. “After listening to what Marcus was trying to achieve with this new community center, I was excited to be part of the project,” said Lance. “This organization helps children who do not have a father figure at home,” he continued. “Kids who grow up in single-parent homes need some kind of guidance. [Marcus] is trying to help these young people get pointed in the right direction so they can get a good start in life and achieve their own goals.” Lance is currently getting his degree at Nossi College of Art in Commercial Illustration. Working on projects outside the classroom…

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