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Mahoning Valley residents rise to challenge from McDonough Museum of Art

The museum has received more than 200 entries, and residents can still participate.

YOUNGSTOWN — In April, the John J. McDonough Museum of Art challenged Mahoning Valley residents to tap into their imagination for the #museumchallenge by recreating a work of art using household items. 

The museum has received more than 200 entries that have included everything from pets to pizza boxes and represented artworks ranging from famous portraits to abstract images.

The entries are posted on the museum’s Facebook and Instagram pages.

Residents can still participate in the challenge by finding artwork from the open access collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Getty Center or The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Then take everyday objects from around your home — anything from blankets and boxes to tape and empty toilet paper rolls — and recreate the artwork.  

When you are finished, send the image of the original artwork and your recreation to with the subject listed as #museumchallenge, and it will be posted on the museum’s social media pages. Participants also can post on their Facebook pages and tag @McDonoughMuseumofArt or on Instagram and tag @mcdonough_museum_of_art, and the museum will share the images.