Nossi Vatandoost is the founder and president of Nossi College of Art. The first class of fine art was organized in Madison, Tenn. in 1973, and was called Nossi School of Art. The school accepted students of all ages and taught classes in drawing and painting on all levels. Nossi is an accomplished artist, listed in Who’s Who of American Women and Who’s Who of America. She is a charter member of the National Women’s History Museum, as well as the National Museum of Women in the Arts. In addition to her art training in the Middle East and Europe, she holds a college degree in art education from Western Kentucky University. She taught art in the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools system before opening her own art school.