Cliffannie Forrester is going places.
This young, Black female is only 18 and already has a painting hanging in New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. Cliffannie, who just recently graduated high school, was selected from over 1,000 submissions for an exhibit dedicated to the Big Apple’s young people. The exhibition is called P.S. Art, and Cliffannie is one of the 90 winners selected.
Her piece, titled “Uganda,” was inspired by a missionary trip to the country. Cliffannie reflects, “We were going to church and I saw a little girl who was just standing around, admiring everything.”
The teen quickly snapped a photo of the child on her phone. Once Cliffannie returned home, she completed the portrait over the course of a month.
Her art teacher, Maria Jimenez, wrote in the P.S. Art catalog, “Cliffannie wanted her subject to touch viewers, and make them consider that black lives matter and that little girls matter, in any part of the world. Cliffannie’s powerful message was captured in this compelling composition and because of it, we are all transformed.”
In addition, Cliffannie had her painting displayed on a Times Square digital screens once an hour for three minutes for four days straight, along with 23 other winners.
Her piece will be on display at the MET until October 23, 2016.
Congratulations, Cliffannie! Keep rising.
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