Deadline: Oct. 20, 2014 – Mystery Build Challenge – $21,000 in Awards

Call for Artists and Creators.

AWARDS: $21,000 in cash awards, plus gift cards for art supplies!


Create a work of art using ONLY the materials provided in a Mystery Build kit! What’s inside? We can’t tell you, but you can expect to find some common art materials like wood, clay, canvas, metal, and plenty of surprises. All 2014 kits contain the same materials, so each creator faces the same challenges and limitations. It’s a project that combines the creation of art, the challenge of a puzzle, and the fun of a game.

Mystery build is ideal for anyone looking to go beyond the standard art contest, to not only showcase their strongest talents and skills but also stretch their creative muscles and think and work in entirely new ways.

Purchase a Mystery Build kit and your project materials will be shipped to your door.
Create an original project using only the materials provided, that relates to the contest’s theme.
Share your creation online. Upload images and/or video of your project, as well as images/video of your work in progress.

The theme this year is “Build a Dream”. What does that mean? You tell us.

The winners are selected by an independent panel of judges. The People’s Choice Award goes to the entry with the most votes during the Public Voting period. Entries are judged on creative use of materials, craftsmanship, use of the theme, and presentation.

Best in Show $6,000 People’s Choice $2,000 Photo Category 1 $1,500 2 $1,250 3 $1,000 4 $750 5 $500 6 $250 7 $250 8 $250 9 $125 10 $125 Video Category 1 $1,500 2 $1,250 3 $1,000 4 $750 5 $500 6 $250 7 $250 8 $250 9 $125 10 $125
Plus over $1,000 in instant win cash prizes, and $500 of gift cards from Jerry’s Artarama!
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Mystery Build $10k Art Challenge

Mystery Build $10k Art Challenge

Submission Deadline – Sept. 16, 2012

Mystery Build is an art challenge focused on ingenuity and resourcefulness. Contestants must create an original work of art using only the materials provided in a Mystery Build Kit. Contestants upload photos or videos of their creation and compete for $10,000 in cash prizes. Mystery Build Kits are available at

The specific materials in the Kit will be unknown to you at the time of purchase, but you can expect to find some common sculpting materials like wood, metal, clay, and fiber. The Kits are 10″ wide and 3.5″ deep and contain around 3 lbs. of materials. All Mystery Build Kits are the same. Enter individually or as a team.

There is a kid’s version too!