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Rudy Autio

Biography to Display: 

1926Born, Butte, Montana

2007Died, Missoula, Montana

EDUCATION

1950BS Art, Montana State College, Bozeman, Montana

1952MFA Sculpture, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington

APPRENTICESHIPS AND RESIDENCIES

1951Founding resident, The Archie Bray Ceramics Foundation, Helena, Montana

1952-1957Resident Artist, The Archie Bray Ceramics Foundation

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

1957Assistant Curator, Montana Museum, Helena, Montana

1981National Endowment for the Arts Grant

1957-1985Founder, Ceramics Department, University of Montana, Missoula

 

Rudy Autio was a leader in the American Abstract Expressionist ceramic revolution, his spontaneous large scale ceramic sculptures of hand-built closed vessels were often in the form of abstracted human torsos. These spontaneous abstract sculptural forms are incised with line drawings depicting animals and the human form. He taught himself painting and covered his sculptures with colorfully glazed graphic animals and painted human figures. Autio was influenced by designer Isamu Noguchi and artists Henry Moore and Henri Matisse. 

In 1981 he traveled to Finland to work at the Arabia Porcelain Factory on a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. While working with the porcelain clays and colored slips, Autio found a new color palette previously unknown to him. In addition to his sculptures, he created relief and tile murals, worked in bronze, glass and textiles (designing tapestry). He is credited with moving ceramic sculpture into the realm of fine art.

An  interview with Rudy Autio conducted October 10 and 12, 1983 by LaMar Harrington, for the Archives of American Art's Northwest Oral History Project, is available at:
http://www.aaa.si.edu/collections/interviews/oral-history-interview-rudy-autio-11713.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

Applied Arts Museum, Helsinki, Finland

Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, Montana

Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, Arizona

Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York

Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, Michigan

Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York

Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan

Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington

Kunstindustrimuseet, Oslo, Norway

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York

Museum of Arts and Design, New York, New York

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts

National Museum, Stockholm, Sweden

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri

Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon

SC Johnson Wax Company Collection, Racine, Wisconsin

St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, Missouri

Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington

Shigaraki Museum of Contemporary Ceramic Art, Japan

Smithsonian Institution Collection, Washington, D.C. 

Taideteollisuusmuseo, Helsinki, Finland

The Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio

University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson, Arizona

University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York

Wichita Art Museum, Wichita, Kansas

Bibliography

Bibliography to Display: 

Lackey, Louana M., and Rudy Autio. Rudy Autio. Westerville, OH: American Ceramic Society, 2002.

Newby, Rick. Rudy Autio: the Infinite Figure. Helena, MT: Holter Museum of Art, 2006.

 

CV or Resume: Click Here to Download
Source: Elaine Levin Archive, University of Southern California

Website: http://www.rudyautio.com/

 

Typical Marks
Margaret Pennington Collection, Photo: John Polak
Margaret Pennington Collection, Photo: John Polak
1979
Photo: © 2004–2014 Brooklyn Museum_Creative Commons_BY Brooklyn Museum gift of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, 1985
Photo: © 2004–2014 Brooklyn Museum_Creative Commons_BY Brooklyn Museum gift of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, 1985
1984
Margaret Pennington Collection, Photo: John Polak
Margaret Pennington Collection, Photo: John Polak
1987
Margaret Pennington Collection, Photo: John Polak
Margaret Pennington Collection, Photo: John Polak
1994
Smiling Lady
Date: 1979
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze, Incised
Margaret Pennington Collection
Photo: John Polak
Margaret Pennington Collection
Photo: John Polak
Photo: John Polak
Hippodrome
Date: 1994
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
Margaret Pennington Collection
Photo: John Polak
Margaret Pennington Collection
Photo: John Polak
Photo: John Polak
Inside Looking Out
Date: 1987-1988
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
Margaret Pennington Collection
Photo: John Polak
Margaret Pennington Collection
Photo: John Polak
Photo: John Polak
"Rolling Horse" Vase
Date: circa 1984
Method: Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
Brooklyn Museum gift of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, 1985
Photo: © 2004–2014 the Brooklyn Museum_Creative Commons_BY
Brooklyn Museum gift of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, 1985
Photo: © 2004–2014 Brooklyn Museum_Creative Commons_BY
Photo: © 2004–2014 the Brooklyn Museum, Creative Commons_BY
Sculpture
Method: Hand Built, Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Glaze
Courtesy Rago Arts and Auction Center
Photo: TMP
Courtesy Rago Arts and Auction Center
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Untitled
Date: 1955
Method: Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
Courtesy of The Nevica Project
Courtesy of The Nevica Project
Sculpture with Skulls
Date: ca. 1950
Method: Slab Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
Courtesy of The Nevica Project
Courtesy of The Nevica Project
Memoir
Date: 1998
Method: Slab Built, Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze, Slip
Courtesy of The Nevica Project
Courtesy of The Nevica Project
Vase
Date: ca. 1950
Form: Vase
Method: Slab Built
Surface Technique: Glaze, Slip
Courtesy of The Nevica Project
Courtesy of The Nevica Project

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified February 2, 2016. http://www.themarksproject.org/marks/autio