Make something creative using ONLY the materials in a Mystery Build Kit. Document your creative process and submit images and/or video of your project before October 20, 2014. Showcase your talents and stretch your artistic muscles!
We can't tell you what's in the kit! You'll have to take what we give you and make it work! Everyone gets the same materials and faces the same limitations. You can expect to find some common art materials like wood, clay, metal, fiber, and plenty of surprises!
Because you can't live on creativity alone, judges and voters will select the winners of $21,000 in cash awards! Plus, every project kit contains an instant win prize. Cash, gift cards, or coupons are placed randomly inside each kit. There could be a $100 bill in your kit!
What can YOU make with a Mystery Build kit?
Mystery Builders are innovators, drawing on the challenge we all face everyday - using limited resources to create something extraordinary. They buy a box of materials that to the average person don't seem to fit together. There are no instructions, just a few rules to make things interesting. In the hands of these creators, who come from every walk of life throughout the country, the ordinary and diverse items in the kit are transformed into something remarkable.
Mystery Builders have created some extraordinary projects. Check out our Art Project Gallery to see all the entries from our past contests. Visit our Hall of Fame to see past Mystery Build Art Contest winners.
Work individually or as a team, and create as many projects as you want, using multiple kits.
What You Get
You get an engaging experience that opens you up to new materials, techniques, and ways of thinking. As you find unexpected solutions and creative alternatives, you'll get a creative workout and discover new talents and abilities. The kit includes all the materials needed to complete a project and compete for prizes, as well as access to exclusive Tips and Tricks videos, available only to Mystery Builders. But that's just the beginning. The real value lies in where your imagination will take you.
Tips and Tricks Videos
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 quick sample to get your wheels turning.
The true reward is in the creative experience, but you can't live on creativity alone. Each year an independent panel of judges and public voters select the winners of cash prizes. Since 2011 we've awarded over $30,000 in prize money, distributed to 67 creative people across the country. This year there is over $21,000 in cash up for grabs, plus valuable gift cards and coupons. What can you make with a Mystery Build kit? How about some cash?
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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Groups and Classes
If you're looking for a creative project for your group, you've come to the right place! Mystery Build has been used in classrooms, community organizations, corporate team building, fundraisers, youth groups, family reunions, parties, churches, and more.
Just For Fun...
Micro-sculptor Willard Wigan creates artwork so small that he once inhaled one by accident. His sculptures will run you about $40,000. Here's one in the eye of a needle.