Mystery Project 2015

It's become somewhat of a tradition in the Illustration Department to drop a "Mystery Project" onto the students from time to time. Although this project tends to happen in the spring, the students really have no idea when one of these projects is going to fall into their lap. The Mystery Project has taken on a few different forms, but it always starts first thing in the morning (at 8 am) and is due by mid-day. Students have about 3 or 4 hours to create a piece around specific parameters, however they want using whatever medium they have on hand.

This spring, instructor Hector Casanova received a generous donation of old vinyl records which he brought into the Illustration Department. On the day of the Mystery Project, each student was randomly given one vinyl record. Their goal was to reinvent the artwork / packaging for the album with fresh sensibilities. They had to keep one element from the original packaging, be it typography, color palette, or any physical element. The results were fun, silly, sophisticated and wonderfully all over the place!

 Professor Steve Mayse with students, checking out all the solutions to the Mystery Project

Professor Steve Mayse with students, checking out all the solutions to the Mystery Project

At mid-day everyone put their transformed records up on the wall in the flex space in the studio. Seeing all the different solutions from sophomores, juniors and seniors is always a lot of fun. Department Chair and Professor Steve Mayse then has students vote on some of their favorite submissions. The following pieces are just a few of the results of this project.

 The Way We Were / Emily Stout

The Way We Were / Emily Stout

 A Star Is Born

A Star Is Born

 The (NEW) Christy Minstrels

The (NEW) Christy Minstrels

 All About Eve / Zoe Chressanthis

All About Eve / Zoe Chressanthis

 Doctor Zhivago / Kelsey Wroten

Doctor Zhivago / Kelsey Wroten

 Summerdog / Purps Percival

Summerdog / Purps Percival

 Mystic Moods Orchestra / Elisa Cox

Mystic Moods Orchestra / Elisa Cox

 Jimmy Durante

Jimmy Durante

 The Hillside Singers / Kelsey Borch

The Hillside Singers / Kelsey Borch

 The Oak Street Boys

The Oak Street Boys

 Jim Reeves / Slimm Fabert

Jim Reeves / Slimm Fabert

 The Slightly Fabulous Limelighters

The Slightly Fabulous Limelighters

 Randy Travis / Muriel Fogarty

Randy Travis / Muriel Fogarty

 Oak Ridge Quartet / Nicholette Haigler

Oak Ridge Quartet / Nicholette Haigler

 Sons of the Pioneers

Sons of the Pioneers

 Shaun Cassidy

Shaun Cassidy

 Stafford & MacRae

Stafford & MacRae