In 1986 Justin Nostrala received a Bachelor of Arts Degree, with a focus in Painting from Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa. Between 1986 and 1995 he lived in St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota and New York City. Nostrala occupied an art studio at each of these residences.
After returning to Iowa, Nostrala enrolled into the Graduate Painting Program at The University of Iowa where he received a Masters of Art degree in 1998 and a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1999.
Upon graduation from The University of Iowa, Nostrala taught design, art history and photography at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa. After this one-year assignment he taught design, drawing, painting, and art survey in another one year-appointment at Mount Union College, in Alliance Ohio. Since 2001 he has been teaching art as a full-time instructor at Simpson College.
Nostrala is currently a Professor of Art. He continues to make art from his studio in Indianola, Iowa.
- MFA, University of Iowa, 1999
- MA, University of Iowa, 1998