Famous Drummer Speaks During Graduation

WRITTEN BY: lfunke

Nossi College of Art’s 2019 commencement speaker, Greg Upchurch, studied music at the University of Central Oklahoma before starting a storied career as a drummer. He famously worked with Chris Cornell in the late 90s for Chris’ solo album and tour and Upchurch was the drumming backbone for other rock bands including Eleven, Puddle of Mudd and 3 Doors Down. The bands Upchurch has played with have sold over 20 million albums! He is currently part of 3 Doors Down, a multi-platinum group. They are currently touring across North America. Not only does 3 Doors Down tour the nation; they also put on a show for their community through their nonprofit, The Better Life Foundation. Established in 2004, this organization has a mission to make a positive change in the lives of children and young adults. “Greg Upchurch’s life experiences reflect perseverance and persistence,” said Dr. Byron Edwards, Vice President for Academic Affairs at Nossi College of Art. “These are two attributes that always benefit the individual who exhibits them – especially an artist who can inspire our creative graduates with his experiences.” On Saturday, June 8, 2019, at Goodpasture Christian School in Madison, Nossi College of Art is graduating students in five degree programs including an Associate Degree in Commercial Photography and Bachelor Degrees in Digital Photography, Video & Film, Graphic Design Media and Commercial Illustration. In addition to the time dedicated to completing their degrees, Nossi College is proud of the number of honor students walking across the…

Mikal Barker Wins Illustration Scholarship Award

WRITTEN BY: lfunke

When Barbara Palacios and Lluvia Agustin contacted Nossi College of Art and encouraged students and alumni to submit ideas for her upcoming children’s book series, Nossi College had just one response, “Challenge Accepted!” Lluvia is the founder and owner of The Agustin Agency, a global literary agency connecting authors with audiences around the world. “I’m a firm believer in supporting young people with these types of programs,” said Lluvia Agustin. “When you win something, big or small it boosts your self-esteem.” Agustin, who spent twenty years in the publishing industry before launching her own agency, said she is passionate about helping young people advance in their field. “It’s a way of giving back,” she said. With a $1,000 scholarship award on the line, Nossi College hand-selected seven commercial illustrators based on their previous experiences and portfolio of work. Each illustrator focused on bringing Palacios’ dragonfly characters to life. From pencil sketches to digital concept to inked comps, these illustrators used videos to pitch their ideas and concepts to the Agustin Team in hopes of earning the top prize The quality of Barker’s work stood out to Palacios, who said she was drawn to Barker’s use of color and his portrayal of the characters. “When I saw Mikal Barker’s art, it brought tears to my eyes,” said Palacios. “I thought, ‘Yes, that’s it. They will fit my stories.’” In addition to the scholarship, Barker’s art will be included in Palacios’ book proposal, providing him a unique opportunity to have his work…

Week 7, Day 31 – 35, 45 Days of Giving

WRITTEN BY: intern extraordinaire

Welcome back to Week 7 of our 45 Days of Giving! See Days 31 – 35 below!  In the fall of 2018, Nossi College of Art is celebrating our 45th anniversary, and we decided to do 45 acts of creative kindness for local classrooms, non-profits, church groups. Nashville and the surrounding communities have been supportive of Nossi College and the impact we wanted to make on this area, so in return, we wanted to feature 45 acts of thankfulness. If you haven’t already, check out our previous blog for Week 6 to get all the action! Day 31: Ivanetta H. Davis Early Learning Center Ivanetta H. Davis Early Learning Center is a child- and family-centered public preschool. What’s unique about this preschool is the children’s growth and development are supported through the studies of the Creative Curriculum. Each day, students focus on literacy, math, social studies and science while also receiving social and emotional learning through experiences in the garden, the library and art classes. Teaching students through STEAM is very important for Nossi College and we were thrilled to stock their classroom with markers, crayons, crafting supplies and plenty of glue to hold it all together! Photos by Blake Russell “Early learning lasts a lifetime.” – Ivanetta H. Davis Early Learning Center Ivanetta encourages families to visit and play often and to be engaged in their student’s life – both in and out of the classroom. To support Ivanetta preschool please follow this link. Shout out to Pencil Foundation for…

Tennessee Motorcycles and Music Revival – Group Art Show

Nossi College’s Illustration Instructor Rob Nemeth will be showing his work this weekend – we invite everyone to come out and meet some amazing local artists. Learn more about Loretta Lynn’s Ranch and this event here. See more of Rob’s work here.  

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