Create a work of art using ONLY the materials in a Mystery Build Kit.
Upload photos and/or videos of what you make to compete for cash prizes. Mystery Build is somewhere between an art project, a puzzle, and a game. You'll showcase your talents and skills, and stretch your creative muscles. You'll think and work in entirely unexpected ways!
We can't tell you what's in the kit!
While the specific materials will be unknown to you at the time of purchase, you can expect to find some common sculpting materials like wood, clay, metal, fiber, and plenty of surprises!
All 2014 Mystery Build Kits contain the same materials.
Fortune and Fame.
Judges and voters will select the winners of cash awards! Winning artists get nationwide exposure on our website!
$21,000 in cash awards!
2014 Theme: "Build a Dream"
Submission Deadline: Oct. 20th, 2014
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Art Contest Gallery
Past Mystery Builders have created some extraordinary works of art. Check out our Art Gallery to see all the entries from our last contest. Visit our Hall of Fame to see past Mystery Build Art Contest winners.
- "Tea Time" by Sarah Hartman, 2012
- "Hugo and the Mystery Clock" by Leslie Stancil, 2012
- "The Great Magical Car" by Amy Hughes, 2012
What Can You Make With This?
Mystery Build is offering cash awards to participants who can create something amazing with limited resources and lots of imagination.
We're dedicated to inspiring and rewarding creative thinking through a series of artistic challenges. The Mystery Build Art Contest is about being resourceful and inventive. You'll exercise problem-solving skills to use materials in surprising ways, while creating a work of art and competing against other creators nationwide.
Enter individually or as a team, and create as many projects as you want, using multiple kits.
Tips and Tricks
When you buy a Mystery Build Kit you get access to exclusive Tips and Tricks videos to help you get the most out of your materials. Here's a couple from 2013 to get your wheels turning.
Mystery Build News
We're very excited to be working with Jerry's Artarama starting in 2014! Jerry's is a true resource and advocate for artists in many ways. They offer exciting events, promote art sales, and provide a directory of over 70,000 materials, free video lessons and more.
Did You Know?
Monet's Father disapproved of his painting. He wanted him to be a grocer.
Micro-sculptor Willard Wigan creates artwork so small that he once inhaled one by accident.
Pablo Picasso was considered a suspect in the theft of Mona Lisa in 1911.
Quickly browse through 35,000 years of art history highlights, from cave paintings to modern day sculptures.
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What People Are Saying
"After 28 years of all kinds of professional illustration work, this contest came like a breath of fresh air to my creative soul. I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge presented with the kit. It reminded me of the joy of creativity in it's essence. It also empowered me in everyday life to be more creative in anything I am doing. Thanks very much...I salute you (with my paint brush) !
"I am very happy with what I created and can't wait to see what I come up with for the next competition! I encourage everyone to give Mystery Build a try, especially those who may be intimidated by the challenge, it's just what you need to jump-start your creativity. The chance to win prizes is wonderful, but the process and what you can learn from it is a prize in itself."
"As a 2D artist who works very flat and smooth, the sight of ***** and **** was at first alarming. Once I settled on my direction, I became so engaged with it that I went on to start a series of 3D pieces. I took them to a show in Houston to try them out. They got all the attention and were gone by the second day. 'Thinking outside the box' by taking the Mystery Build challenge has inspired me to look in a whole new direction."
- Carol Joy Shannon
"I like the idea of competing against other creators, knowing that the playing field was level, as we all had the same materials and guidelines to follow. The whole time I felt like a kid playing, trying to use materials that at first glance have no business being together. It really was a fun experience and I would highly recommend anyone, artist or not, to try it out."
- Pete Sack
About Us - Contact Info
The Mystery Build Art Contest was created by two professional artists as a way to inspire creative thinking and artistic exploration. Find out who we are and why we do what we do.
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