Nora Chavooshian studied sculpture at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the San Francisco Art Institute. After graduating the Art Institute in 1974, she moved to Los Angeles. While continuing her artistry as a sculptor, she worked as an award-winning stage designer, designing sculptural sets. She progressed into the area of film production design, designing several films for director John Sayles, sculptural set pieces for director Martin Scorsese, videos for Bruce Springsteen and Madonna, as well as many other films and videos.
Chavooshian has also designed and engineered massive sets such as turn of the century city streets, period baseball stadiums, and large scale sculptural set pieces. Turning her full attention to sculpture, she left the West Coast for the East Coast where she works today. She has exhibited extensively throughout the United States and is in private and public collections in both the U.S. and Europe.