Nossi College of Art's History

A  love of art and a respect for her students started Ms. Nossi's 45-year journey of nurturing creative professionals. It all started as a passion -  teaching art instruction in a friend's kitchen - and turned into a livelihood that has impacted thousands of graduates since 1973. 

45 Days of Giving

Since opening our doors, Nashville and Middle Tennessee have supported and given Nossi College the opportunities to grow and succeed.  As a way to give back, Nossi College asked the community how we could help. Beginning on September 17, we will unveil 45 different ways we were able to provide creative support for local classrooms, nonprofits, and church groups. Special thanks to all the nonprofits who participated and the faculty and students who helped make this campaign successful! Special thanks also to Plaza Artist Supplies and Jerry's Art-A-Rama for helping stretch our donated dollars. 

Party Time!

It is time to celebrate success - Nashville style! Head out to Nossi College on Friday, November 9, to party with Ms. Nossi and the Nossi crew. Enjoy locally inspired food, libations, an art show from Poverty and the Arts and interactive booths to make this anniversary memorable. Learn more and RSVP here

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Smart! Supplies

Smart! Supplies hosted a Teacher Supply Drive, so teachers can buy classroom supplies for one low price. Nossi donated hundreds of composition notebooks, glue sticks and sharpies - the three most needed supplies for teachers. Photos by Quinn Bowersox. 

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The Big Payback

Nossi's Photography Coordinator, Tom Stanford, and Photojournalism Instructor, John Partipilo, donated their skillset to document The Community Foundation's Big Payback event at Bridgestone Arena in May. More info.

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King's Daughter's Day Home

Nossi College of Art purchased two tickets to the King's Daughter's Annual Fashion Fundraiser. This year's theme revolved around the Royal Wedding since they happened on the same day. Nossi Designer, Pam English, created all assets for this event.

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J. E. Moss Elementary

J. E. Moss incorporates a Maker's Corner, helping students make their classrooms more stimulating, challenging, safer and happier. We donated a large beading station to promote hands-on creativity and so students can bring their art home to share it with their family. Photos provided. More info.

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Nashville Wildlife Conservation Center

Nossi Photo students Gabbie Karademos and Hayley Colburn captured images for NWCC to use in ads, social media and on their website. These students were part of an advanced team to create multiple assets for NWCC. View more here.

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Hugh Shelton Scholarship

Today, we honor Hugh Shelton, a beloved illustration faculty member who passed in 2018, with a unique scholarship for one lucky Nossi freshman this fall. Read more here

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Monthaven Art & Culture Center

For National Comic Book Day, we highlight MACC, a great organization in Hendersonville helping teach about the importance of a vibrant art, educational and cultural experience for people of all ages. Learn more

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Oliver Middle School

At Oliver Middle School, Mrs. Bryant used donated art supplies classes to teach students about famous artists by re-creating their art styles. Check out a view of their artistic works! 

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Belle Meade Children's Center

You are never too young to paint, create and enjoy art. Learn from Mrs. Terrell's art class. Special thanks to BMCC's and their young artists! Photos by Dyllan Abernathy.

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"As soon as I learned of the 45th Anniversary of Nossi's amazing journey, I knew it was time to be sure she was acknowledged by the city she has invested her life toward making a better place to live."

Nancy VanReece
Metro Nashville Council Member, District 8

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Rock of Ages

Two graphic design students teamed up to help Rock of Ages update their logo with a new look. Thanks to Kayla Swedberg and Brittany Matthews for their hard work on Rock of Ages brand

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Down Syndrome Association of Mid TN

Nossi College of Art provided a Photography sponsorship of the DSAMT iBike event in July, where students with down syndrome were taught to ride bikes. Special thanks to Photographer Ben Neely for capturing the event, view more here

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Moves and Grooves

Nossi Photographer Blake Russell connected with Moves and Grooves to capture a special day with Gnash from the Nashville Predators as students learn to Move and Groove in the classroom. See more from the day here

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Warner Enhanced Option Elementary

Nossi's photographer, Darion Barnhart, stopped by Martha O'Bryan Center as we donated all things to help with students' artistic expression - paints, tablecloths, aprons and brushes among other art supplies! Learn about the day here.

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Creswell Middle School of the Arts

Creswell students are exposed to a top-notch arts program both in their core classes as well as in their art classes. In addition to core subjects, each student takes two art classes in one of three categories: Performing Arts, Visual Arts or Arts Industry. Learn more.

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Cameron College Prep Middle School

Connected to the good work of Martha O'Bryan Center in East Nashville, Cameron is designed to support students with individual learning needs while teaching them rigorous, grade-level content for college- and career-readiness. Photos by Darion Barnhart. 

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Nossi's Study Abroad Program

In the spring 0f 2018, Nossi Instructor, Sheri Oneal, and 12 students traveled from Nashville to Ecuador where they encountered an amazing school and an experience that truly impacted their lives. Learn more

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Friends Life

Nossi College and Photographer Blake Russell were able to visit the art studio of Friends Life, a nonprofit and support system for adults with developmental disabilities. View more images by Blake here

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East End Prep - Martha O'Bryan

East End Prep, a Double Reward School in East Nashville, focuses on their students being successful in high school and beyond by incorporating art, character, virtue and sports with their STEM program (submitted photo). Nossi's Darion Barnhart got to meet and photograph their teachers. 

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The above picture is from Nossi College of Art's 40th Anniversary, taken by Antonio Fajardo.

"We wanted to share her work and influence with as many people as we can because most do not realize that Nossi is a person, and she is the reason our college exists."

Libby Funke Luff
Marketing and Student Activities Director

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The King's Daughter's

This accredited child development center is an asset for Madison, as they help at-risk and low-income families by showing children they have innate abilities of strength, talent, creativity and potential. Ashley Brown visited their class after we were able to donate art supplies for their school year. 

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Bellshire Elementary

These faces! Photographer Blake Russell captured some great moments as students from Bellshire Elementary received new art supplies for the year including crayons, craft supplies, yarn, watercolors and brushes for all their new paints. View more images here

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The AtoZ Exchange

Nossi alumni, Amanda York and Zakk Beaty, are collaborating on a unique podcast - interviewing dynamic Nashvillians to uncover different opinions and lifestyles in the area. Nossi helped cover several startup costs. Learn more

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Explore! Community School

Fostering the independence, critical thinking and creativity of a diverse community, Explore! provides a safe space for children in East Nashville so they can learn how to be future community leaders. Nossi was thrilled to help supply their art classrooms. Submitted photo

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Nashville Wildlife Conservation Center

From helping redesign their logo, brochures, stationery and posters, Nossi alumni students - Tyler Cowan, Kris Hale and Lisa Hinson - helped recreate the brand for this amazing Nashville nonprofit. View their design work here

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Isaac Litton Middle School

Nossi wanted to help these middle schoolers with their studies - so we gave them traditional classroom supplies with some artistic ways to make them unique for each student. Thanks to Darion Barnhart for capturing the day when we dropped off supplies. Other photos submitted. 

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Maplewood High School

Maplewood High School offers a strong, independent music and visual arts curriculum while incorporating enhanced option STEM courses through hands-on, applied activities. Photos by Blake Russell. 

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Giving Back

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Left: Ms. Nossi Celebrating Nossi College of Art's 10 Year Anniversary.
Middle: Ira Vatandoost and Ms. Nossi Vatandoost celebrate the 30th Anniversary in 2003. Ira was an inspiration and a driving force behind the support for Nossi College of Art.
Left: Ms. Nossi celebrates 35 years in Rivergate before moving to our Creative Way location

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Students Over the Years!
Left: 1995 Graduation; Middle: 1989 Graduation; Right: 1995 Halloween

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