A B O U T T H E A R T I S T
NORLEEN NOSRI was born and raised in Malaysia. She came to the United States in 1997 for a higher education. She received a BFA (2010) and MFA (2013) in Ceramics at the University of Missouri-Columbia under the tutelage of Bede Clarke.
During her undergraduate year, she took a job as a pottery instructor to children and advanced to teaching adult classes. Later, she began leading demonstrations and workshops for local elementary and high schools as well as programs for special needs children and adults. She transitioned to teach college level classes during and after her graduate program. While teaching she has worked consistently in the studio to develop her aesthetic voice. Keeping active with peers, developing her skills and participating in juried shows, her work has been featured in exhibitions in galleries and museums in Washington, Texas, Illinois, Kansas and Missouri.
Her interest in the material and people has inspired her to do public art. She was awarded public art commissions by the City of Columbia, Missouri in 2013 and Emerson (for the Florissant/Ferguson School District, Missouri) in 2015. Her work, titled CommuniTea, involves the public to participate in tea ceremonies. In September of 2015, Nosri received a letter from President Obama regarding her Emerson project. In the letter, he encouraged the student bodies of McCluer Senior High School and McCluer South Berkeley to continue to get involved in more service projects like CommuniTea, the kind that can bring meaningful change to the lives of others.
She was the artist-in-residence at the Missouri State Fair Fine Arts (2014), Ferguson/Florissant, MO School District (2015) and Craft Alliance Center of Art & Design, St. Louis (2014-15). Nosri continues to teach, work as a studio artist, and is involved in the local arts community.