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…

Honors for the Spring Semester, 2016

WRITTEN BY: lfunke

Community. Collaboration. Competition. Each semester, Nossi College of Art students gather for the Senior Portfolio Show and Semester Award Ceremony to support each other’s achievements while competing to take home an award for achievement. All of our 2016 Spring Semester Seniors showed off their portfolio of work to friends, family and potential employers. After the Open House and Senior Show, the Nossi community of students, faculty and staff gather in our large photography studio to announce the semester award winners. Nossi College has a number of students who receive nominations, in the end, only 17 students in 13 categories get to claim the prize. Award-winning students take home these awards because of their dedicated hard work, their creative abilities and their talents. Graphic Design and Illustration Awards: Talent Discovery – Brandi Leath, Spring 2016 Graduate, her work is considered “Best of the Best” while attending college Most Creative – Maggie Barnes, Spring 2016 Graduate Excellent Student Award – Erica Lane and Marti Brumley, Spring 2016 Graduate Ambassador Award – Cory Harkins Most Improved Award – Antonio Pillow Class Participation Award – Cory Harkins, Jordan Shumate and Tyler Cowan Photography and Videography Awards: Talent Discovery – TIE Amber Thomas and Lara Richardson, both Spring 2016 graduates, their work is considered “Best of the Best” while attending college Most Creative – Amber Thomas Excellent Student Award – Michiah Posey Ambassador Award – Katherine Seghers Most Improved Award – Mary Ann Hewitt Class Participation Award – Zakk Beaty Adjunct faculty members, who happen to…

Alumni Articles: Nicky Drake, Photographer

WRITTEN BY: lfunke

By Les Kerr Nicky Drake’s life proves the advantage of defining one’s passion and pursuing it. As she was about to follow a career path in nursing, she discovered photography was really what captured her heart. “I got accepted into nursing school and then realized that’s not what I wanted to do every day. I took some time to get to know myself and find what my passions were,” said Nicky about a six-month period between almost entering nursing school and enrolling at Nossi College of Art. “The first thing I picked up was a camera.” What started as a hobby during her years at Nashville’s McGavock High School evolved into a successful career and business called The Company Photography. In high school, she took an introduction to photography course and began photographing her friends. People are still her favorite subjects. “I asked all of my friends, ‘please let me take pictures of you,’” Nicky said.  Her client base and subject matter now extend far beyond friends to events, concerts and musicians. Promotional and commercial art are also in the mix. She likes shooting concerts because of the spontaneity and pressure of knowing the shots are not set up and that once the opportunity has passed, it may be impossible to capture a certain moment again. Nicky said her undergraduate experience at Nossi College began as love at first sight. She enrolled the day she toured the campus, realizing the encouraging climate was just what she needed to move her…

Connecting With Fellow Designers

WRITTEN BY: lfunke

This blog was written by Nossi College of Art student, Brandi Leath. Brandi will graduate with her associate degree in Interactive Graphic Design in the 2016 spring semester. She is a marketing manager and graphic designer for the online retail community, mainly in Nashville. Brandi has managed marketing strategies and brand identities for five different retail brands. She has experience in online marketing, web design, eCommerce, digital advertising, social media marketing and 10 years of accounting experience. She has also been an avid member Nashville’s Social Media Club Chapter. “I love being a night student at Nossi, most of the classes are really small and intimate. I am a part-time student, so unfortunately, because of curriculum schedules, I was only able to see my favorite people once a week, maybe twice if I’m lucky to have another class with them. In most classes we critique our work for every project. I LOVE critique days. These are the days I receive constructive feedback, not only from my mentors and teachers, but also from my peers. These class critiques provide feedback that helps me continue to grow as a designer. Because of my limited school schedule, I decided to create a Facebook group for each class I attended. My goal was to provide a safe space to post our work-in-progress before critique day. This opportunity enabled us to really push each other to constantly get better. When final critiques came up, our work was nearly perfect because of all the feedback we…


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