In Sutton's case, the beyond is her talents as an artist - talents that have been in display through her participation in ArtPrize, an annual open art competition in Grand Rapids, Mich., which presents the world's largest art prize of $250,000 to the first-place winner. Artists submit one entry with the top 10 entries receiving a prize. Art is displayed in venues and on properties in the downtown Grand Rapids area.
Event attendees can vote and a winner is determined by public vote as a total of $449,000 in prize monies will be awarded.
Sutton, who completed a three-year art program at the Grand Rapids Art Museum, is showing her entry at San Chez Bistro & Cafe on 38 West Fulton Street in Grand Rapids.
A 6-foot-2 sophomore middle hitter for the Bulldog volleyball team and a native of Grand Rapids, Sutton is a graphic design major at Ferris.
"This event is incredible for Grand Rapids and the small businesses within," said Sutton, who graduated from Northview High School in Grand Rapids. "The competition submerges the city in beauty and culture, drawing more attention to the splendor it already contains.
"I love what I'm studying," she added about her Graphic Design studies and her artwork in general. "I wanted to use a skill which I developed and make something great. There was no grade or rubric to motivate me, just passion."
Sutton was motivated to push her creativity and artistic talents.
"The greatest reason I decided to try this out is to challenge myself," she said. "We've done a lot of this kind of work, which is cut paper, throughout our curriculum, but I've never done anything very large scale."
Sutton is presenting a cut paper portrait entitled "Central Park" which is an image of a simplification of a photograph taken in New York City's Central Park. The image is a four-person band which consists of a man singing, a man playing the bass fiddle, a man on trumpet, and an individual playing the guitar. Sutton's art piece is cut in layers from darkest to lightest out of various Canson and Strathford papers. The use of the different layers and values gives the piece a sense of depth.
A special thanks to Ferris State University Athletics Communications Director Joe Gorby for his work in compiling the information and in conducting the video interview.