The true spirit of competition brings out the best in a person.
For Ferris State University women's volleyball student-athlete Anne Sutton (Grand Rapids/Northview), that philosophical mindset not only transitions to competition on the playing court but also in her academic curriculum.
Sutton, a graphic design major at Ferris State, is among artists all over the world currently participating in the ArtPrize event. 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.
Sutton, who completed a three-year art program at the Grand Rapids (Mich.) Art Museum, is showing her entry at San Chez Bistro & Cafe on 38 West Fulton Street in Grand Rapids.
"This event is incredible for Grand Rapids and the small businesses within," said Sutton, who's a sophomore middle hitter on the 2010 Bulldog women's volleyball team. "The competition submerges the city in beauty and culture, drawing more attention to the splendor it already contains.
While the significant amount of prize money drew Sutton's interest in the ArtPrize competition, the challenge of producing her best art is Sutton's primary reason for submitting an entry.
"I love what I'm studying," stated Sutton. "I wanted to use a skill which I developed and make something great. There was no grade or rubric to motivate me, just passion."
ArtPrize is an annual radically open art competition held in Grand Rapids, Mich., which presents the world's largest art prize of $250,000 to the first-place winner. Those artists participating in the ArtPrize event submit one entry and the top 10 entries receive a prize. Venues choose the artists they exhibit and property in downtown Grand Rapids can serve as a venue. Anyone attending the event can vote and the winner is determined by public vote as a total of $449,000 in prize monies will be awarded.
ArtPrize, which is sponsored by the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation, is part arts festival and part social experiment which is held from Sept. 22 through Oct. 20, 2010. This international art contest is decided solely on a public vote. Voting for all artists started on Wednesday (Sept. 22) and will conclude at 11:59 p.m. (EDT) on Wednesday, Sept. 29. The 10 finalists will be announced Thursday, Sept. 30, and the second week of voting will be conducted until 11:59 p.m. (EDT) on Wednesday, Oct. 6. The winners from among the top 10 finalists will be announced on Thursday, Oct. 7.