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…

Two Nossi Students Earn Kappa Pi Scholarships

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Kappa Pi reinstated the Eta Tau Chapter at Nossi College of Art a few short years ago thanks to the help or current student at the time (and now Nossi graduate) Nicole Drake. Since relaunching the group, we have brought chapters together from across middle Tennessee, we have boosted membership at Nossi College, we have gotten involved with community organizations like Hands On Nashville and now two of our members received honorable mention scholarships from this International organization.   Congratulations to Brandi Leath and Cory Harkins! Brandi Leath recently graduated with her degree in Interactive Graphic Design and is currently working for Parachute Media in East Nashville. Cory is a current student studying Illustration and already landed a big job with Toy Box Productions as Marketing and Lead Illustrator.  “The scholarship committee had a difficult time selecting the scholarship winners from the outstanding applications that were submitted,” said Michael Stanley, Kappa Pi President, “Take special pride in this achievement for your outstanding portfolio.” Kappa Pi wants to encourage all artists to continue your creative exploration and keep putting new artwork out into the world! The below artwork is the reason Brandi and Cory were recognized. Congratulations to you both.  

Recognizing Nossi Students with Academic Honors

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Nossi College of Art recognizes student scholars through Academic Honors, highlighting their achievements in the Fall 2016 school semester. Students maintaining a 3.9 – 4.0 Grade Point Average qualify for the President’s List and students who earn a 3.7-3.89 GPA earn Dean’s List status. Over 60 students achieved high academic honors, and over half of those students achieved a perfect 4.0 GPA. Showcasing qualities of creativity, academia and professionalism, Nossi College is proud to highlight their successes. Students are enrolled in bachelor or associate’s degree in Commercial Photography, Web & InteractiveDesign, Graphic Design Media, Commercial Illustration, and Video & Film. Alabama Birmingham Symone Belcher – Dean’s List Florence Jacob Morgan – President’s List – 4.0 Hartselle Erica Lane – President’s List – 4.0 Harvest Aleah Chenowith – Dean’s List Mt. Olive Meagan Johnson – Dean’s List Toney Zachary Beaty – President’s List – 4.0 Kentucky Paducah Skyler Taylor – Dean’s Lis Tompkinsville Bruce Bow – President’s List – 4.0 Michigan Rochester Hills Kayla Kossajda – Dean’s List Mississippi New Albany Megan Thomas – President’s List – 4.0 New Jersey Blairstown Alexis Mostaccio – President’s List – 4.0 Tennessee Antioch Lisa Hinson – President’s List – 4.0 Cory Harkins – President’s List – 4.0 Bedford Sarah Hutslar – Dean’s List Bell Buckle Tyler Cowan – President’s List – 4.0 Bellevue Ryne Anderson – President’s List – 4.0 Sarah McKinney – President’s List – 4.0 Burns Jason Lyell – Dean’s List Cedar Hill Christina Bostwick Clarksville Hayley Colburn – President’s List –…

Congrats to our Fall 2016 Semester Award Winners

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By the time seniors reach graduation, they have built more than a creative portfolio, they have also built their confidence and their client base. Nossi College of Art honored students exuding effort and academic achievement during their Fall Semester Award Show. Each semester Nossi College of Art honors awards in the following categories: Class Participation Award, Excellent Student Award, Most Improved, Most Creative, Academic All Star, Ambassador Award, Perseverance Award and Talent Discovery. Students are nominated by adjunct faculty members who, in addition to teaching the creative arts at Nossi College, live it every day in their professional, creative careers. Many of the students winning semester awards are also involved in Nossi’s All Access Office, designed to give students additional exposure in Nashville’s music, fashion, non-profit and entertainment industries through projects, networking events and student groups.  The following students won awards this semester: Class Participation: Timothy Burwell – Illustration Hayley Colburn – Photography Excellent Student: Ryne Anderson – Illustration Kim Cilluffo – Photography Jessica Spencer – Illustration Most Improved: Karen Hulsey – Graphic Design Amy Watts – Graphic Design Most Creative: Kayla Kossajda – Illustration Katherine Seghers – Photography Ambassador: Michelle Donovan – Photography Tyler Cowan – Graphic Design Perseverance: Antonio Pillow – Illustration Academic All-Star: Bruce Bow – Photography Kayla Kossajda – Illustration Suzannah Rominger – Interactive Design Katherine Seghers – Photography Kevin Steward – Graphic Design Tina Williams – Photography and Videography Talent Discovery: Kayla Kossajda – Illustration Kevin Steward – Graphic Design Katherine Seghers – Photography Images…

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