Photographer John Silvis is director of NYCAMS (www.nycams.bethel.edu), the New York Center for Art and Media Studies, an arts residency of Bethel University in St. Paul, MN (www.bethel.edu). John has an MFA from the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and a BA in Studio Art from Bethel University. To see some of John’s work, go to http://nycams.bethel.edu/silvis.html.
LM: Tell me about the NYCAMS program. What is it? How does it work?
JS: NYCAMS (New York Center for Art and Media Studies) is a semester art residency program for Junior and Senior undergraduate students pursuing a terminal degree in art. Students in the program receive 16 credits, which include a Contemporary Art course, a critique based Studio course and an Internship in the Arts. We receive students from 20 different Universities in the CCCU. Bethel University Art Department in St. Paul, MN owns and operates the program. Our studio is located in Chelsea, New York City.
LM: Are the students in the program trying to engage the culture with their faith and creativity? How do you encourage them in this?
JS: Yes, we provide the students with a background in Contemporary Art, as well as how Christians have engaged culture past and present. We have an exciting guest lecture program that allows them to hear from artists in the community and artists that are very deliberate about their Faith.