From now until October 10, the Honolulu Museum of Art is asking its Facebook page fans (that’s you) to submit works using the hashtag #HMAcontest of art inspired by a work currently on view at the museum. One lucky winner will have their work put on display next to the actual work–or as close as possible to it—for a full week!

Can you recreate Morris Louis’s Turning with colored pencils? Dress up like Saint John the Evangelist for a photo? Build a Lego diorama of A Musical Conversation? Knit a Hercules sweater? We welcome anything you can think of to reimagine one of our works using your talents.

Here are the guidelines:

1) Use only non-organic material (paint, pencil, ink, plastic, metal, yarn, etc).
2) Only bring pencils into the gallery to sketch your chosen work. Paint and ink are strictly forbidden inside the galleries. You may also take pictures of any works in the gallery that doesn’t have a “no photography” sign.
3) Be careful about the size of your submission, we won’t display it in the gallery if it doesn’t fit!
4) Submissions should identify the museum work from which it was inspired with the title, artist, and gallery.
5) Much of the works in the Japanese gallery and all of the surrealist exhibition will be rotated out Sept. 21, if you would like to recreate a Japanese work, it is recommended to wait until after Sept. 22 when new works will be installed.

To enter, upload your image to
our Facebook page using the hashtag #HMAcontest. The winner will be chosen by our curators, notified the week of Oct. 13, and announced Oct. 24.

The image above is a recreation of Edward Eggleston’s Girl in Moonlight with Banjo Ukulele! by our mail maestro Miguel Tobias. Here are a few more examples of what we’re looking for to get you started: 

Bonnard recreated by Jennifer Kort

Bonnard recreated by Jennifer Kort

Whistler recreated by Johanna Hill

Whistler recreated by Johanna Hill

While we love drawings and paintings, we’re also excited to see other creative ways to bring the works to life. For example, our own special events associate Wainani Paikai designed this nail art based on Roy Lichtenstein’s Woman Contemplating a Yellow Cup.

Lichtenstein recreated by Wainani Paikai

Lichtenstein recreated by Wainani Paikai

Not all submissions have to be copies of the original. This work, by David Smith, was partially influenced by the koi pond in the museum’s Chinese courtyard.

Impress your friends/parents/date/pet hamster by telling them “My work is on display next to the famous (artist of your choice) at the Honolulu Museum of Art!” Come to the museum and get inspired—your week of artist celebrity status is waiting!