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…

Week 9, Day 41-45, 45 Days of Giving

WRITTEN BY: lfunke

Thank you for joining us during these past nine weeks as we highlight local nonprofits and classrooms doing amazing things. Check out our final week as we wrap #45DaysofGiving. Don’t forget to give back where you can as well! 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. If you haven’t already, check out our previous blog for Week 4 to get all the action!   Day 41: Newcomers Club – Sumner County The Newcomers Club is a service and social organization for those in the Sumner County area wanting to connect and meet new people while giving back to their community. It is a dedicated organization, with almost daily activities planned, to meet neighbors and give back to their community. Newcomers Club works with Nossi so we can help document the HolidayFest events including Tree Lighting Ceremonies and athletic events including the Indian Loop 5K. We are sending two students to Monthaven’s Christmas Tree Elegance Ceremony on Nov 17 – we hope you can come out and join us! More details here.   Two photographers, Chyanne Funnell and Angela Thomas will be on hand to document this tough assignment. Five, seven-foot. Trees, all decorated by local and nationally known designers, will be auctioned off at Monthaven Arts and Cultural Center to support art education and other related programs in Sumner County. The trees are donated by Vickerman Trees and are uniquely decorated…

Fall Semester Winners

WRITTEN BY: lfunke

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 fit with their team.  From graduating seniors to first-semester freshman, the Nossi community gathers to end the Senior Show with an award ceremony, highlighting successes from the past 15 weeks. Each semester, faculty and select staff nominate students who stood out from the rest – those who got more involved, pushed the creative bar, tackled their grades and helped fellow students when needed. We honor students in each of our degree programs: Photography, Video & Film, Graphic Design Media, Web & Interactive and Commercial Illustration.  This fall, 27 students were nominated for six awards, several students even saw multiple nominations.  Congrats to all our winners Class Participation: Kayla Swedberg and Jaime Rock Most Improved: Bridget Turner and Carelissa Young Most Creative: Hector Mendoza and Brittney Stewart Ambassador: Ryne Anderson Academic All-Stars: Kayla Crumbley, Derek Gray, Hector Mendoza, Jordan Shumate and Brandon Sprinkles Perseverance Award: Chelsie Boyette View more images from the Senior Show and Open House by clicking here. Congrats again to all the award winners and we will see you January 8 for the start of our spring semester!

Open House Featuring the Senior Show

Creative illustrated by Brittney Stewart. RSVP HERE. 

Fall Semester Starts Sept 9

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