Pulsing between 29th to 30th Streets at 6th Avenue, in the heart of midtown Manhattan is a new New York City cultural venue called Big Screen Plaza. Last weekend, Big Screen Plaza’s 30 x 16 ft HD-format LED screen hosted art work by some of the nation’s most talented young artists. Not surprisingly, two young Clarke County artists made the exhibition list.
Clarke County High School junior, Grayson Twigg and Johnson Williams Middle School 8th grader Sarah Bender both experienced the thrill of seeing their original creations displayed in one of the biggest and busiest urban centers in the world.
“It was a really wonderful feeling to have my work recognized and exhibited in Manhattan,” said Grayson Twigg. “Having 20 seconds of fame anywhere in New York was really exciting. I hope to work my way up 15 minutes sometime in my life. I enjoyed seeing the amazing work of other students from around the country. I also enjoyed the opportunity to speak with other art educators during the display. My day was highlighted by sharing the excitement with my art teacher, Mrs.Campbell, and JWMS art teacher, Mrs.Schmohl, as my work appeared on the screen.”
Established in 2010, the 10,000-square foot Big Screen Plaza outdoor multimedia venue hosts major events and screenings of an eclectic mix, ranging from cinema to sports, from the arts to fashion. In the past, BSP has hosted major media events with the the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the New Art Dealer’s Alliance, the Streaming Museum, Leaders in Software and Art, Telegraph21 and other partners. The BSP is currently featuring Movie Nights with an array of classic films from all genres in an urban incarnation of the old drive-in.
The Big Screen Plaza art show was made possible by Artsonia.com, an online student art gallery which Clarke County Public Schools participates in.
Correction: An earlier version of this story listed Grayson Twigg as a CCHS sophomore. He is actually a junior. CDN apologizes for the error.