Student Recipient of the Maggie Thompson Phipps Scholarship

WRITTEN BY: intern extraordinaire

Remembering a Beautiful Soul Maggie Thompson Phipps was a 2007 Nossi College of Art Photography graduate. In addition to her brilliant personality, Maggie was known by her special ability to capture a person’s essence through her photography. Unfortunately, Maggie passed away in 2016 after a hard-fought battle against brain cancer. Her family has set up an annual scholarship for Nossi Photography students all the way through 2022. A scholarship panel led by Tom Stanford, Nossi’s Photography Coordinator, with the help of Nossi’s Admissions team selected students to submit a photograph and a one-page essay about how they intend to change the world through their passion for photography. 2018 Scholarship Winner Tylor Hutcheson was selected as the recipient of the 2018/2019 scholarship, after submitting his endearing essay and photo. In the essay he writes on the passion he feels for photography, the desire to help others around him, & how being a student at Nossi College presented him with opportunities he didn’t think he had a shot at. Tylor states, “As I’ve gotten older I realize that even if you can’t see it, life works itself out. That doesn’t mean standing idly by, but it does mean that the right people and opportunities will come into your life at exactly the right moment. The way I see it now, if I can have a positive impact on just ten people while I’m at Nossi then all of this will have been worth it. I believe that through my passion for photography and…

Week 3, Day 11 – 15, 45 Days of Giving

WRITTEN BY: intern extraordinaire

Welcome back to Week 3 of our 45 Days of Giving! See Days 11 – 15 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 2 to get all the action! We are so excited to share the fun we had shopping, donating, creating and celebrating within the wonderful community that has supported us during our 45-year creative journey.   Day 11: Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee (DSAMT) In recognition of October being Down Syndrome Awareness Month, we are so happy to highlight the local nonprofit, Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee.    In July DSAMT hosted iCan Bike Camp that teaches children with Down Syndrome how to ride a bike in a safe and fun way. We decided to invest as a $500 Photography Sponsor to capture this empowering learning environment, so Nossi student Ben Neely spent the day documenting and here are some of our favorite shots. Want to support Down Syndrome Awareness Month and the DSMAT? Click here to learn more and donate your time, talent or dollars.  Day 12: Moves and Grooves Moves and Grooves, or M.A.G., is a non-profit organization…

International Travel – Nossi’s First Study Abroad Trip Was a Success!

WRITTEN BY: lfunke

Nossi College introduced our first study abroad trip to Ecuador in 2018. With an itinerary to check out the local scene and connect with the community, this group spent eight days on an international adventure. Nashville powerhouse photographer (and luckily also an amazing Nossi instructor), Sheri Oneal and 12 eager photo students share their journey. The images are gorgeous, students were a little sunburned, but everyone came back on top of the world after this amazing adventure. Below are photos from photo students and excerpts from Sheri Oneals’ blog. Read more of Sheri’s blog here. Nossi’s Photo Program Day 8! As our journey comes to an end, we are very grateful for the experience and especially, the honor of being the first Nossi College of Art study abroad group!   “It was really nice to feel a bond with the folks over there, but also with the students. We learned a lot about each other.” “There are things about each of us that no one may ever know, but our stories and experiences often help others feel connected.” To discover more about the pros and cons of travel and how cultural differences made for the best memories throughout the journey, visit Sheri’s website here.  Day 7! [Photography by: Alexandra Cale, Emma Wilson and Michiah Posey] This day was particularly special because we knew it was our last day exploring Ecuador and we were determined to enjoy all we could, even along our 4-hour drive back to Guayaquil, where we will fly…

Hands-On Learning Versus Learning Online

WRITTEN BY: lfunke

When is it best to take an online class versus a class on campus?You have probably seen or heard lots advertisements for online classes and online degrees, making your choice harder.Before making a decision about where you earn your creative degree, consider why learning at Nossi College of Art can have a greater impact on your professional career than an ONLINE-ONLY education. At Nossi, you spend your first day of class meeting your instructors and learning about their professional, creative lives in Middle Tennessee. Connect with classmates who share your interests, passions and creative gifts. As the semester progresses, you will collaborate with students in class as well as with students in other programs, learning about all creative fields and how they can benefit your professional career. Nossi’s classrooms are interactive environments providing you with critiques for artwork, discussions on client relations, debates on methodologies and advice for pricing your work. There is no better way to learn these skills than in person. So when is it beneficial to learn online? Nossi offers general education courses within an online classroom, so you don’t always have to commute to campus. This online function for general education courses helps fit class into your already busy schedule. It is your decision to learn online or in person. We understand it can be difficult to work a full-time job, go to school and balance your life – but there is a way! Over 300 students do it every year with Nossi. When making your…

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