Nicole Cotten was born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She is an alumnus of The Dunham School and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Louisiana State University. She majored in Painting and has a minor in Photography. During her time at LSU, she studied under a variety of locations and artists. She traveled to California to take Abstract-painting classes. She also took classes from nationally acclaimed artist Gram Nickson at the New York Studio School located in New York City, and spent a semester in Hawaii learning about Japanese style art and history.
She has spent the last 5 years teaching art in an afterschool format at a local private school. Ms. Cotten is excited to begin her career as The Dunham School’s upper school art teacher. She hopes to help students realize the role of art in their community, in and around Baton Rouge. She is interested in the mix of traditional art methods being pushed further by modern technology, and hopes to bring this passion to her students.
Nicole has shown her art in a variety of places around town including Yogalaties 2, Stabbed in the Art, Art Melt, and a solo show at Magpie Café. Her artwork is included in the permanent collection of both University of Hawaii and Louisiana State University. She will be working toward her Masters in Art Education and is excited to be the Upper School JV volleyball coach.