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Friday 02nd September 2016P.S. Art

Most artists create for the sheer joy of it. No matter what your medium of choice is, it's an impossible urge to ignore. Art for art's sake is all well and good, of course, but sometimes it's nice to get some recognition of our efforts as well, and there are few better ways of getting recognized than to have a gallery show. But the gallery show is actually a distant cousin of the real prize: getting your work into a museum.

To make that giant leap to greatness can take many artists their entire careers. Some only attain the honour posthumously, once they can no longer appreciate it - but not Cliffanie Forester. She's managed to attain this incredible dream at the tender age of 18.

Her piece titled Uganda is hanging in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, along with 88 other selected pieces from high school students. The piece features a young Ugandan girl looking wistfully out of frame, and was painting from a photograph she took during a drop to Uganda.

Her reaction on social media was amazing and spread far and wide, as you might expect from someone so young and so talented. On Instagram, she posted:
"WHO JUST COMPLETED THEIR LIFE GOAL AT AGE 18? ME. AS OF 6/14/16 MY PIECE IS IN THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART."

And then later, she followed it up with:

"People think I'm stopping here bc I achieved my ultimate goal... Lol, I'm getting another piece in the MET one day & nothing will stop me."

If you've been working diligently throughout your artistic career without this kind of milestone, don't worry. Try not to be discouraged in your own work, instead look on her and her fellow winners as an inspiration! She's an amazing girl and she'll no doubt become a force to be reckoned with in the art world in a few years, along with her fellow winners. Congratulations, Cliffanie and all the P.S. Art winners!

To learn more about the P.S. Art project run by the Metropolitan Museum of Art and New York School Department, visit their website here. You can see all the entries from the students in a wide range of ages, as well as more about each of the winners.
 

Posted on September 02nd 2016 on 08:39pm
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