Alumni Stories: Success in Photography

WRITTEN BY: lfunke

Although he first picked up a pencil, it was his grandfather’s old camera and a mistake by his teacher that turned Nathan toward his creative calling in Photography. After earning his degree and learning it doesn’t come easy, Nathan now is a professional photographer out of Louisville. Learn about his journey below. How did you get into photography? Was it something you always did or did something/someone spark your talent?  Funny story. In high school, the area schools would come together for a two-day arts and academic competition. I always competed in pencil drawing and thought I was ok. However, I finished my piece a few days before the competition when my art teacher informs me he had signed me up for photography by mistake. Begrudgingly, I borrowed my grandfather’s old camera and took some nature shots, processed them at a WalMart one-hour photo center, and ended up winning Best of Show. From then on I was obsessed with photography.  When did you graduate from Nossi? Where do you currently live?   I graduated Nossi College in 2006 with an associate degree in Commercial Photography. Back then, Nossi College was still in the Rivergate Parkway area, located in the same building as a Subway. 🙂 I moved to Louisville in 2011 for a staff photographer position at a marketing company and I have been in Louisville ever since. What are you currently up to?  I am a commercial photographer, check out my website, Nathan Pedigo Photography with a focus on food, commercial and portrait photography. I also just started…

LGBT Chamber Foundation Unveils Logo Design by Nossi Graduate!

WRITTEN BY: lfunke

The Nashville LGBT Chamber’s sixth annual TASTE fundraiser will be on Sunday, November 19th in Nissan Stadium’s West Club. Event proceeds provide educational, networking and community-building opportunities for the organization’s LGBT members, businesses and allies.   The LGBT Chamber unveiled a new TASTE logo at their Brewing Up Business networking event on August 22 at Nashville Education, Community, and Arts Television (NECAT). The new logo was created in partnership with Nashville’s Nossi College of Art, a professional art school encouraging students to get involved and give back to the community through their creative talents. Elisabeth Hunt, a summer graduate from the Graphic Design Media program created the logo in conjunction with Nossi College’s All Access office. Nossi All Access helps give students real-world experiences while in college.     Libby Funke Luff, Director of Marketing and Student Activities, shepherded a committee comprised of members of the LGBT Chamber’s marketing committee, a board of directors and members through the creative brief process starting in June 2017. “We recognized our largest annual fundraising event did not express the experience that attendees were experiencing and sharing,” said Ron Snitker, Vice-President of the Nashville LGBT Chamber. “We are ecstatic this new logo conveys the journey guests experience as they TASTE their way through Nashville’s top tastemakers with food and beverage tastings and an exceptional silent auction. Every year there are surprises.”   VIDEO OF THE LOGO UNVEILING (fast forward to the 9:50 mark for the Nossi introduction)   TASTE, the Chamber’s sixth annual signature event, features food and beverage…

Fall Classes Commence, Congrats to our Scholarship Winners!

WRITTEN BY: lfunke

The fall semester began, welcoming over a hundred new students to campus to work on their creative careers. Nossi College of Art honors a variety of scholarships to students who demonstrate both academic and creative excellence. This year 20 students were awarded over $88,000 in two scholarships, the Mahtaban and Presidential Scholarships. The Mahtaban Scholarship focuses on the areas of graphic design and illustration and was named in honor of founder Nossi Vatandoost’s mother. Scholarship recipient Stephanie Young said, “I greatly appreciate the time and effort everyone took to carefully read through each applicant’s essay and found something special in mine.” Achievement of this award demonstrates the student has shown an exceptional ability in art to their high school art instructor and/or counselor, as well as a promising future as a professional, commercial artist. The Presidential Scholarship shows specifically that the student has developed an outstanding eye for photography or videography during high school. The selection process for both scholarships is rigorous, as students must provide an in-depth portfolio of their work, write a one-page essay and obtain a supporting letter of recommendation. Presidential recipient Cody Perry said, “This is an honor to win an award based on my portfolio of videos. Being able to build on this interest of mine is very exciting.” We want to congratulate this year’s winners, as they begin their exciting education here at Nossi College of Art: Madelyn Andersen of Station Camp High School Mahtaban Scholarship for Art and Nossi Hope Scholarship Brendan Barraza…

Nossi College Parties During Solar Eclipse

WRITTEN BY: lfunke

You can now join in on the party because the official Madison, Tenn., eclipse party will take place at Nossi College of Art on Monday, August 21 starting at 11:30 AM. With community support from Waddell and Reed, the Madtown Eclipse Viewing Party will be giving FREE lunches and solar eclipse glasses to the first 500 attendees to arrive. Please RSVP and invite friends here! To make the event even more special, Madtown 360 is coordinating with Nossi College to provide a unique experience for families to find a safe community close to home during this extraordinary event. “We are thrilled with the opportunity to partner with Nossi College of Art,” said David McMurry of NorthshoreMMG and Madtown 360. “As a local digital marketing company, we have long had a deep respect for the creative language and team at Nossi. As the local Madison small business merchants association, we look forward to joining with the community for this once in a lifetime event.”  In addition to providing lunch and glasses (thanks, Chad and Waddell and Reed!), locals will get to enjoy access to Nossi’s expansive photo studio for a photo-booth style commemorative picture with friends and family. An adjunct photography instructor will be capturing the entire eclipse in video and stills with special filters made to photograph the intense light of the sun. This eclipse image will be super imposed on the commemorative photos. Waddell and Reed’s Chad Richards will be presenting a short demonstration about the eclipse including interesting facts…

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