Recreate a work of art from the Benton’s collection. Inspired by the
Getty Museum Challenge, we invite you to turn yourself, your family, and your pets into a masterpiece.
Feel free to
browse the museum’s illustrated database for inspiration, or use the suggestions below.
Send your pics to
firstname.lastname@example.org or post them to social media and no later than Wednesday, February 3 using the hashtag #BentonMuseumChallenge. You will be entered into a drawing to win a UConn Cafes gift card OR a Benton Museum t-shirt.
Here are a few tips:
Keep it simple. Try limiting yourself to three household items, pets, or people.
Pay attention to facial expressions. They really make the portrait.
Color and pattern are important, too. Be creative and use what’s around you to recreate essential elements in the work of art.
Selected images from the Benton Museum collection below:
Salvador Dali, Transcendent Passage, c. 1979. Color lithograph on Arches paper. Gift of Charles G. Jordan.
Philippee Halsman, 9. The True Marilyn (from HALSMAN / MARILYN), 1952. Black-and-white photograph. Gift of Marjorie Neikrug.
Ellen Emmet Rand, In the Studio, 1910. Oil on Canvas. Gift of John A., William B., and Christopher T.E. Rand.
Rembrandt Peale, Captain Paul Ambrose Oliver and His Daughter Mary, 1825. Oil on Canvas. The Louise Crombie Beach Memorial Fund.
Konishi Hirosada, Play: Yadonashi Danshichi Shigure No Karakasa, 1851. Color woodcut (chuban diptych). The George Lincoln Collection of Japanese Woodcuts.
Cindy Sherman, Untitled, 1975/2004, 2004. Black-and-white photograph on Kodak c-print. Gift of Charles H. Duncan, Class of 1988.
Gerrit Hondius, Clown, before 1955. Oil on Canvas. Gift of Mrs. Lillian Weitzler.
Valenti Angelo (aka Valenti Michael), proof impression from LEAVES OF GRASS, Folio III. Woodcut. The Harold Hugo Collection of Prints and Drawings.
Albert Chong, Aunt Winnie, 1997. Thermal transfer print on canvas, inscribed copper mat on Fujicolor Crystal Archive. The Louise Crombie Beach Memorial Fund.
Konrad Felixmueller, Self-Portrait, 1920. Woodcut. Emily Elsas Wolf Memorial Fund.
Charles Wilbert White, Young Woman, 1963. Lithograph. Purchased With Funds Donated By Frank and Arline Seaforth.
Angelica Kauffmann (aka Maria Anna Angelica Catherina), Penelope Weeping Over the Bow of Ulysses, c. 1779. Oil on Wood panel. The Louise Crombie Beach Memorial Fund.
Alonso Sànchez Coello (1531-1588), Noblewoman and Child. Oil on Canvas. Gift of Morton Downey.
Alfred Laurens Brennan, A Divination in Tea Leaves, 1879. Etching and drypoint on Laid paper Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Norman Zlotsky.
Mary Cassatt (aka Mary Stevenson), Woman and Child, 1889-1890. Pastel on Beige paper The Louise Crombie Beach Memorial Fund.