Wondering what a career in illustration really looks like? You’re in the right place. For students at Nossi College, it means becoming professional, visual storytellers. We created this page so you never have to miss a chapter.

Fall Semester Winners

It has become a semester tradition. The week before finals, graduating seniors gather to show off their hard work created during their college career. Portfolios are displayed proudly as family and friends interact and let loose. Creative professionals from Middle Tennessee arrive to check out the up-and-coming talent and hire the ones who will perfectly …

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Student Spotlight: Mary Sullivan

Mary Sullivan, a successful and prolific illustrator, has cultivated a love for art that is fed by her natural curiosity. Mary’s unique artistic perspective embodies a confluence of interests, spanning the fields of philosophy, history and aesthetics. I had the opportunity to speak with Mary and learn more about her influences, work experience and plans for the future. The …

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Bill Latta’s Illustration Philosophy

Illustration professor Bill Latta imparts essential information on ad agencies, publishers, and clients to his students so they make thoughtful, creative decisions when representing a product or service. Mr. Latta sent us a particularly striking article on the role of illustration in website design. The following paragraphs include a discussion on the article from Mr. …

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Goodlettsville Public Mural Showcases Nossi Artists

Public murals present the hopes, values and history of a community. Months ago, during a Beautification Committee Meeting (B.I.G.) led by Mary Jane Peace, members agreed that a mural program would benefit Goodlettsville by helping celebrate its past and calling attention to the town’s investment in the arts. Sharon Lofstead assembled photos of diversity and …

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Nossi Illustration Teacher Receives her MFA in Illustration

Maureen O’Brien, a Nashville artist and illustrator, is a recent graduate of a low-residency MFA Illustration Program at Hartford Art School. O’Brien was one of only 17 students in this illustration program designed to accommodate professional illustrators across the country. In addition to being an award winning illustrator for many name brand companies, O’Brien also …

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Meet Hugh Shelton, a talented instructor at Nossi College of Art

Hugh Shelton walks into my office carrying a big grin and an arm load of sketch pads — an unusual tool for a professor teaching computer graphics and web design. For 14 years, Shelton has taught behind a computer at Nossi, but he recently began teaching a new illustration course.  With this class, Shelton was …

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