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 Rudy A. Autio  (1926 - 2007)

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Lived/Active: Montana      Known for: figurative ceramic, tile mural, sculpture

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Part of the following information was provided by Fred Longan of Montana:

Born in Butte, Montana, Rudy Autio is a ceramic artist, metal sculptor, and muralist who founded the ceramics department at the University of Montana in 1957. He continued to teach there until his retirement in 1984.

His work is in many public locations including the Union Bank and Trust Company in Helena, Montana, and the Performing Arts Building at the University of Montana in Missoula.

He is an MFA graduate of Montana State University and also studied at the Maryland Institute of Art.

Biography from Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, Scripps College:
Rudio Autio was born in 1926 in Butte, Montana, and currently resides in Missoula, Montana with his wife Leila. He received his B.A. at Montana State University in 1950, and his M.F.A. at Washington State University in 1952. Autio has won many awards and honors, including a Tiffany Award in Crafts in 1963, the American Ceramic Society Award in 1978, and a NEA grant in 1980.

Autio has lived in Montana throughout most of his career, heading the ceramics department at the University of Montana for twenty-eight years. He also worked as a founding resident artist at the Archie Bray Ceramics Foundation in Helena, Montana, from 1952 to 1956 with Peter Voulkos. It was here that he broke from functional potting and moved toward abstraction in the form and composition of his objects. While best known for his ceramic vessels, he has worked in a wide variety of materials and media. In addition to commissions in ceramic relief and tile murals, he has worked in bronze, concrete, glass, and fabricated metal sculpture.

Biography from Red Raven Gallery:
Rudy Autio is a ceramist who was born in Butte, Montana, in 1926, and has lived in his native state throughout most of his career. He headed the ceramics department at the University of Montana for twenty-eight years and is now retired as Professor Emeritus of the School of Fine Arts.

Prior to his appointment at the University of Montana, Autio was a founding resident artist at the Archie Bray Ceramics Foundation in Helena, Montana. Autio received a Tiffany Award in Crafts in 1963, the American Ceramic Society Art Award in 1978, and a National Endowment grant in 1980, enabling him to work and lecture at the Arabia Porcelain Factory and the Applied Arts University in Helsinki, Finland. While there, he was elected honorary member of Ornamo, Finland's Designers organization.

In 1981 he was the first recipient of the Governor's Award and named outstanding visual artist in the state of Montana. He is a Fellow of the American Crafts Council, Honorary member of the National Council of Education in the Ceramic Arts, and recipient of the honorary Doctorate of Art from the Maryland Institute, College of Art in Baltimore. In November 1999 he was awarded the American Craftsman's Gold Medal Award in ceremonies at the Mint Museum in Charlotte, N.C.

While Autio's best known work is figurative ceramic vessels, he has worked in a variety of materials and other media. In addition to commissions in ceramic relief and tile murals, he has worked in bronze, concrete, glass, fabricated metal sculpture, and design of colorful Rya tapestries. Most of these were commissioned for public buildings in the Northwest and one is in Finland.

Biography provided by www.montana-artists.com

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