Contemporary Art in NYC: Changing Landscapes

NY Arts Program is presenting a summer visual arts course to undergraduate and recently graduated students. Spend a week exploring NYC and learning about contemporary art in the city.*

Contemporary Art in NYC: A Changing Landscape will be led by artist and NYAP alum, Skip Brea.

For centuries people of color have been left out of the art world and how art history has been constructed. Museums and galleries are finally making a shift. The recent exposure to a more representative group of artists has brought into focus our collective knowledge of art history and the dominance of artists of European origin. This one-week class is designed as a full immersion into exploring this shifting landscape and will include:

    • Artist studio visits
    • Guided museum and gallery visits
    • Meetings with pioneers—curators, writers and foundation directors

*This a non-credit course

About NY Arts Program

The NY Arts Program, for over fifty years, has provided students with professional experiences in the arts in NYC. Our faculty are both locally and internationally recognized professionals in their respective fields of writing & publishing, visual arts & art history, film & TV broadcasting, music, and performing arts. Our students come from colleges and universities across the country, spending an academic semester studying and interning with organizations and artists specific to their interests. To learn more about our semester long program click here



skip in studio

Skip Brea

Skip Brea, a native New Yorker, grew up in the Bronx and received a BA from DePauw University and a MFA from Florida State University. Brea is a Posse Scholar and was the recipient of the Jim Boone Endowed Art Scholarship at FSU and The Dean Collection St(Art) Up Grant. After graduating DePauw, Brea was hired as the Efroymson Arts Fellow at DePauw which is a fully funded and competitive program for post-grads to work as teaching assistants. A 2015 alum of the New York Arts Program, Brea was also teaching assistant to NYAP’s summer program in 2016.  Brea has taught Digital Art, Painting and Drawing. Brea is a multimedia artist, working primarily in digital painting and graphics. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States, most recently in Indiana, New York City and Florida.



 May 9th - 17th


Students stay in dorms at the St. George Towers in historic Brooklyn Heights. 


$2200 tuition

$600 housing (9 nights)

$250 program fee

$25 cleaning fee


Students must apply by April 15th to be considered for summer programs


  • must be a current or recently graduated undergraduate student
  • must submit an unofficial transcript and GPA
  • must submit a 250 word statement about why you would like to participate in the program 
    Please note: This program is contingent on enrollment
Apply now!