Cotton Miller is a Photographer and Graphic Designer . Cotton is a graduate of the 2013 inaugural class of the MFA - Photography and New Media program at Lesley University College of Art and Design, created by program Director Christopher James. Cotton's work runs the entire spectrum, from one of the first photographic processes, to digital multimedia. Cotton was featured as one of "Six Art School Grads to Watch" in 2013 in The Boston Globe.

Cotton Miller  joined the Board of Directors of NicaPhoto in 2016.


NicaPhoto is a 501(c)3 non profit organization in Nagarote, Nicaragua. The mission of NicaPhoto is to empower disadvantaged children and their families living in the poorest barrios of Nicaragua, allowing them to reach their full potential, and in doing so, to break the cycle of extreme poverty.


NicaPhoto began in 2005 as a series of photography workshops for disadvantaged youth in Nagarote, Nicaragua. The idea was to give young people access to the creative tools needed to express their stories and discover their artistic vision.  Looking through the lens, or on the screen, gave them the opportunity to see their world in a different way. The workshops were a huge success, and since that time NicaPhoto has grown to be a comprehensive, holistic youth development project with photography and other arts as a core part of our programming. The photography classes are designed to build self-confidence, creative expression, critical thinking and artistic sensibility.


NicaPhoto has partnered with, Christopher James, University Professor and Director of the MFA Program at Lesley University, in order to realize a long time dream of having professional, high quality teaching artists expose our children to the world of photography and art. In 2016 Alicia Turbitt, an MFA student at Lesley University and Cotton Miller, a graduate of Lesley both participated in our first Artist Brigade spending the week in Nicaragua running photography workshops for our children of NicaPhoto.


Who I Am





Ronnie Ellen Maher

Executive Director


Board of Directors


Samuel Carpenter



Janet Miranda Ambrosecchio



Aleyda Caceres



Janice Englesbe

Board Member


Cotton Miller

Board Member


Neesha Rahim

Board Member


Nelly Rabinowitz

Board Member


James Ross

Board Member




Before getting his MFA in Boston, Cotton was the Digital Lab Manager at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops in Santa Fe, NM. Cotton is an artist, craftsman, and educator. Because of his wide range of knowledge, Cotton brings simplicity to Digital technology, while connecting to Artistic  tradition both through explanation, and execution. Cotton has worked with some of the world's best and brightest in the fields of photography, art, and education, and seeks to connect the traditions imparted to current and future generations.

Advisory Board


William Evans


Constance Old


Val Rossi