By: Victor Trammell
An 18-year-old black female artist from Brooklyn, New York has made the achievement of a lifetime.
Cliffanie Forrester (pictured left) graduated from New York City’s Manhattan High School of Art and Design this past spring. However, her amazing level of talent at producing paintings earned her an achievement that goes far beyond what the average teenager could imagine .
Earlier this summer, Forrester’s painting called “Uganda” (pictured right) was officially exhibited at New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET). Anybody who knows about art is aware that getting your work exhibited at the MET is a very big deal.
The MET is the biggest art museum in the United States. It’s also one of the most frequented art museums on the face of the earth. Every year, the MET hosts a gala, which attracts some of the biggest names in music, film, and television. From Taylor Swift, to Zoe Saldana, to power couple Jay Z and Beyonce, the stars always shine bright at the annual MET Gala.
Forrester’s “Uganda” went viral in no time after she tweeted a picture of it when it debuted at the MET’s student exhibit earlier this summer. A caption on the photo of her painting she shared on Twitter read: “WHO JUST COMPLETED THEIR LIFE GOAL AT AGE 18? ME.”
In just eight days, Forrester’s painting was retweeted 38,000-plus times, liked 85,000-plus times, and viewed around 2.9 million times. That is almost 50 percent of the number of people who visit the MET annually. After making her huge splash, Forrester did an exclusive interview with Fusion.net expressing her feelings about it all.
“It made me feel really good to get noticed on social media, especially as a person of color. It felt really good to hear people telling me that they felt inspired by me, that I made them feel like they could accomplish anything, that they’re going to set bigger goals,” Forrester told Fusion.net.
“It felt good to know that other African-Americans and people of color were inspired by me and that I helped them feel like they could accomplish anything they put their minds to,” she continued.