Michael Lang Delivers Commencement Speech at Nossi

WRITTEN BY: intern extraordinaire

Michael Lang, a professional artist, illustrator and graphic designer, attended Nossi College of Art’s graduation ceremony on Saturday, June 4, 2016, as the commencement speaker. Michael Lang has 34 years of experience as a multi-talented creative. He attended Central Academy of Commercial Art, a small art school in Cincinnati, Ohio. After leaving art school Michael immediately got a job at a screen print and novelties company creating designs and illustrations for many of the top Nascar and music legends including Richard Petty, Geoff Bodine, Loretta Lynn, Hank Williams Jr, Alabama and many many more. He had a sweet gig with a printing company, designing and illustrating restaurant menus, billboards, letterheads and packaging. He worked with GooGoo Cluster’s as well as King Leo Candy. In addition to these well known companies, Michael was an employee for Lifeway Christian Resources in Nashville, Tenn. He designed, illustrated and managed hundreds of projects for them over the years.   During the ceremony, he shared professional experiences and offered advice for graduates to carry with them in their careers and throughout life. His advice was easy to digest, saying boldly that his strongest piece of wisdom to offer, is “Don’t be a jerk… as talented as you might be, it can never out trump how you act.” He spoke to graduates about the reality of their jobs, and reminded them that being a chameleon will keep you growing. Possessing the ability to adapt and being willing to learn a new set of skills will soon…

Nossi College of Art Recognizes Honor Students

WRITTEN BY: intern extraordinaire

Nossi College of Art had 51 students make the honor roll for President and Dean’s List in the spring 2016 semester.  Making these prestigious lists is not an easy task, as one must maintain a 3.67-3.99 GPA to earn a space on Dean’s List while President Scholars maintain a 4.0 GPA. In addition to maintaining high academics, our honor students are made up of Alpha Beta Kappa National Honor Society members, Kappa Pi Eta Tau members, CMA EDU members, Nossi Ambassadors and student leaders. Nossi College of Art encourages a commitment to Nashville community by getting students involved in non-profit, sporting, music, fashion and other entertainment activities throughout Middle Tennessee. The following students earned a 4.0 cumulative GPA to be on the President List: Tennessee Nashville: Ryne Anderson, Dennis Gable, Sean Williams Antioch: Cory Harkins Burns: Jason Lyell Clarksville: Hayley Colburn Hendersonville: Julius Kiprotich Joelton: Nichole Heady Madison: Erica Lane and Chelsa Schoonover Pleasant View: Talia Folk Smyrna/Murfreesboro: Mary Anne Hewitt and Karen Hulsey White House: Gabriella Karademos and Brandon Sprinkles Dean’s List: Tennessee Nashville: Katherine Seghers, Heather Halterman, Audrey Hale, Kayla Crumbley, Ashshahid Muhammad, Nick Zimmer, Patricia Sandora, Karlie Fuerst Antioch: Lisa Hinson Bell Buckle: Tyler Cowan Chapel Hill: Jillian Bohnert Clarksville: Jesse Horn, Hector Mendoza Cumberland Furnace: Cynthia Maier Decherd: Michiah Posey Gallatin: Robert DeGraff, Kimberly Cilluffo Goodlettsville: Jessica Spencer Gordonsville: Carey Malone Hendersonville: Angela Everett, Michael Gribble, Brandi Leath McMinnville: Mila Lance Mount Juliet: Kaitlin Pointer, J Scott Whigham Portland: Jeremy Anderson Smyrna/Murfreesboro: Jason Hill, Miranda Harmes…

I Fell in Love… At Someone Else's Wedding.

WRITTEN BY: intern extraordinaire

At the end of Wedding Photography class in the Spring semester, Nossi College of Art instructor and Nashville Wedding Photographer, John Yates put together a very special styled shoot for the students. Throughout the semester students learned by in class instruction as well as on location shoots that simulated engagement and bridal shoots. For their final shoot, Yates brought in some of his favorite vendors and models, to give the students a taste of what it is like to shoot a real Nashville wedding and gain valuable images for their portfolios. The Lodge, one of Middle Tennessee’s most sought after venues, graciously hosted the class for their shoot.  Gorgeous wedding dresses were provided by Modern Trousseau, a couture bridal shop in downtown Nashville, making all their dresses in the USA. To top it all off, hand-made flower crowns were designed and created by Awen Knits and Designs.  Enjoy these beautiful images from the students and a behind the scenes look at Nossi’s Wedding Photography class. I have always been attracted to weddings. I love the feel of them and I love the happiness that everyone has. Love is a beautiful thing and is definitely something that needs to be celebrated. I love the dresses, the flowers, the CAKE, the dancing and just watching two people completely commit their lives to each other. It’s a very important matter. That’s why being the photographer is one of the most important jobs to have. You are in complete control of documenting their special…

Nossi Instructor Heads to Washington DC for Assignment

WRITTEN BY: lfunke

Story written by Les Kerr Nossi College of Art illustration instructor Bill Latta was recently asked to design a commemorative plaque to be displayed in the Heritage Center at the U.S. Navy Memorial Center in Washington, DC. This special honor is close to Bill’s heart because it represents the USS Gearing (DD-710), the ship he served on from 1965 to 1967. The Navy’s first long-range, high-speed destroyer was in service for almost thirty years spanning the immediate post-WWII era through much of the Cold War. There were over ninety Gearing-Class ships eventually commissioned and Bill served on the lead ship, the destroyer that inspired the designation. The USS Gearing (DD-710) Association, comprised of many of the destroyer’s crew members, commissioned and donated the $3,000 necessary for Bill to create the plaque to specifications. “They have their own designer,” Bill said of the Memorial Center, “but the association insisted that I do it because I was a shipmate.” He is scheduled to attend the ceremony at the Memorial Center where his metal plaque will be installed. “She served in the Atlantic, the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, the Red Sea, the Arabian Sea and the Persian Gulf,” Bill said of the Gearing. “And I was on her when she went to all of those places.” Destroyers are at sea constantly working as plane guards and rescue vessels for aircraft carriers and they serve many other purposes. Bill said the Gearing’s main focus was anti-submarine warfare. The camaraderie among shipmates is something that is…


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