New York Center for Art & Media Studies

LeAnne Martin posted the second part of an interview with James Romaine yesterday. The interview talked about Sandra Bowden and Bethel University’s NYCAMS project, which Romaine is a part of. Bethel is located in St. Paul, Minnesota.

I remember at some point in the fairly recent past hearing about this semester-long program, but only yesterday did I look into it with any thoroughness. NYCAMS stands for New York Center for Art & Media Studies.

The program gives undergraduate students the opportunity to study in the cultural mecca that is New York City. It seeks to immerse the students in the myriad of arts opportunities in the city, giving them both studio space and internships. NYCAMS’s website is a bit sparse on details, but it does list the variety of internships available to students, which include

    + Design
    + Fashion
    + Graphic Design
    + Video
    + Film
    + Fine Art + Art Education
    + Gallery and Artists Assistant
    + Museum Work
    + Non-Profit Sector
    + Art Consulting

This is from a page titled Academic Courses, which gives class descriptions for the four courses included in the program: Art, Faith, and Culture; Contemporary Art History in New York; Directed Open Studio; Internship in the Arts.

I would have done almost anything to get into a program like this as an undergrad (apparently it’s only open to undergrads, not interested bystanders like myself). MDS Harris, inject me with whatever you want! According to Romaine, who promptly responded to a few questions I asked via email, you don’t have to be a student of Bethel to participate. I’d be willing to bet, however, that NYCAMS began after I graduated in 2001; it just seems to me that a number of significant efforts exploring art and faith began just as I finished up my degree. When I was a student, things like this either weren’t around or were nearly impossible to find. The founding date of NYCAMS isn’t included on the website or in Martin’s interview.

I’d love to learn more about this program and hear from some of its participants. It appears to be a very serious program with a lot of potential.


About pcNielsen
Paul Nielsen founded The Aesthetic Elevator late in 2005. He owns a piece of paper, located somewhere in his house (not on the wall), stating that he earned a B.F.A. from the University of Nebraska around about 2001. While there, he studied studied architecture, graphic design and ceramics, graduating with a degree in studio art. Paul presently serves as communications manager for a small non-profit doing their print design and marketing. He spends as much time sculpting in his studio as possible — which is not nearly enough. Visit his website at

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