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Interview with Rudy Autio

Creator:
Autio, Rudy, 1926-2007  Search this
Kangas, Matthew  Search this
Type:
Sound Recording
Date:
1982 August 3-August 8
Topic:
Ceramicists  Search this
Ceramics  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)16071
See more items in:
Interview with Rudy Autio, 1982 Aug. 3-1982 Aug. 8
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_16071

Interview with Rudy Autio, 1982 Aug. 3-1982 Aug. 8

Creator:
Autio, Rudy, 1926-2007  Search this
Kangas, Matthew  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7230
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209370
AAA_collcode_autirudy
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209370

Interview with Rudy Autio

Creator:
Autio, Rudy, 1926-2007  Search this
Interviewer:
Kangas, Matthew  Search this
Extent:
1 Sound tape reel (Sound recording, 7 in.)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sound tape reels
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1982 Aug. 3-1982 Aug. 8
Scope and Contents:
An interview with Rudy Autio conducted 1982 August 3 and 8 by Matthew Arvid Kangas, at the University of Montana's School of Fine Arts.
Biographical / Historical:
Sculptor; Missoula, Montana.
Provenance:
Donated 1984 by Matthew Arvid Kangas.
Restrictions:
Use requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Occupation:
Sculptors -- Montana  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.autirudy
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9254b26cb-84a2-4259-91e3-1348bafab20f
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-autirudy

Don Reitz Papers

Creator:
Reitz, Don, 1929-2014  Search this
Names:
Autio, Rudy, 1926-2007  Search this
Yamamoto, Yukio  Search this
Extent:
11.6 Linear feet
11.2 Gigabytes
Culture:
Educators--Arizona  Search this
Sculptors--Arizona  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Gigabytes
Interviews
Photographs
Sketches
Sound recordings
Video recordings
Date:
circa 1935-2015
Summary:
The papers of artist and educator Don Reitz measure 11.6 linear feet and date from circa 1935 to 2015. The collection documents Reitz's work as a professional artist and educator through biographical material, correspondence; writings, interviews and lectures; documentation on workshops and performances; studio records; gallery and exhibition files; printed material, photographic material, and artwork.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of artist and educator Don Reitz measure 11.6 linear feet and date from circa 1935 to 2015. The collection documents Reitz's work as a professional artist and educator through biographical material, correspondence; writings, interviews and lectures; documentation on workshops and performances; studio records; gallery and exhibition files; printed material, photographic material, and artwork.

Correspondence reflects relationships with professional organizations, museums and galleries, friends and family, as well as letters of recommendation from his years as an instructor. Notable correspondence is with fellow artists Rudy Autio and Yukio Yamamoto. Writings include essays and artist statements written by Reitz, as well as articles and essays written about Reitz by others. Lectures and interviews are featured in written form, as well as audio and video, including some digital video recordings. Reitz's notes include sound recordings captured in his car.

Workshop and performance files contain recordings, planning materials, contracts, and other documentation on instructional events led by Reitz. Studio records include technical files on kiln operation, supplies, project plans, and equipment.

Also found are detailed records of gallery and museum exhibitions, as well as commissions including public works and murals, in addition to various studio artwork inventories. Photographic material documents Reitz's participation in workshops and other presentations, and includes photographs of artwork, the Reitz Farm in Wisconsin, the Reitz Ranch in Arizona, as well as his early family life and military career. Photograph formats include snapshots, slides and digital images. Also included are various sketches by the artist as well as some by his niece Sara.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 9 series.

Series 1: Biographical Material, circa 1935-2014 (0.9 linear feet; Box 1)

Series 2: Correspondence, circa 1951-2014 (1.6 linear feet; Boxes 1-3)

Series 3: Writings and Lectures, circa 1970-2012 (2.0 linear feet; Boxes 3-5, 2.85 gigabytes; ER01-ER03)

Series 4: Workshops and Performances, circa 1972-2008 (0.7 linear feet; Box 5-6, 8.21 gigabytes; ER04-ER05)

Series 5: Studio Records, circa 1965-2010 (0.3 linear feet; Box 6)

Series 6: Galleries and Exhibitions, circa 1966-2014 (1.5 linear feet; Boxes 6-7, 0.065 gigabytes; ER06)

Series 7: Printed Material, circa 1950-2014 (1.3 linear feet; Boxes 8-9, 12)

Series 8: Photographic Material, circa 1940-2015 (2.8 linear feet; Boxes 9-13, 0.065 gigabytes; ER07)

Series 9: Artwork, circa 1980-2012 (0.5 linear feet; Boxes 11, 12)
Biographical / Historical:
Don Reitz (1929-2014) was a ceramic artist in Clarkdale, Arizona.

Reitz was born in Sunbury, Pennsylvania, and was raised in Belvidere New Jersey, before serving for four years in the U.S. Navy as a diver. After years working as a butcher and a house painter, Reitz attended Kutztown State Teachers College, where he studied Abstract Expressionism and discovered ceramics in his last year of study. Reitz quickly developed a passion for ceramics, built a kiln in his back yard, and enrolled in graduate school at Alfred University's New York State College of Ceramics. From 1962 to 1988 Reitz led the ceramics department at University of Wisconsin at Madison, while he raised his two children Brent and Donna on a nearby farm, where he also kept livestock and experimented in ceramic firing techniques.

Don Reitz is known for bringing the salt-firing ceramics technique to the United States, in which colorful metallic surfaces are applied to ceramics by throwing salt in the kiln, as opposed to applying paint-like slips on the clay before firing. Reitz is also widely recognized for expanding the traditional medium of ceramics to incorporate abstract and nonfunctional forms like his contemporaries Peter Voulkos and Rudy Autio, as well as incorporating elements of performance art into his demonstrations and workshops. In 1982 Reitz suffered injuries from a serious automobile accident and required years of rehabilitation. During this time Reitz's niece, Sara, was undergoing treatment for cancer. The two were instrumental in each other's recovery and elements of Sara's drawings for Don were incorporated into his work, imbuing a graphic sensibility and a bold use of color, while his ability to physically manipulate clay was impaired.

In 1988 Reitz moved to a ranch in Clarksdale, Arizona, where he continued to work after his retirement from teaching, building kilns of various types including wood-fire and Anagama kilns, traveling to conduct workshops, and accepting commissions for large-scale commissions and public works. While in Arizona, Reitz developed a strong friendship with Japanese ceramicist Yukio Yamamoto, who had been teaching in Flagstaff, Arizona. Throughout his career Reitz received numerous accolades including being named Trustee Emeritus of the American Craft Council, and making the Ceramic Monthly Reader's Poll as One of Twelve Greatest Living Ceramic Artists Worldwide in 1988 and 2001. Reitz's works are featured in numerous private and museum collections including the Smithsonian Institution, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the High Museum of Art. Don Reitz passed in 2014 after suffering from a series of heart attacks and related surgeries.
Don Reitz (1929-2014) was a ceramic artist in Clarkdale, Arizona. Reitz was born in Sunbury, Pennsylvania, and was raised in Belvidere New Jersey, before serving for four years in the U.S. Navy as a diver. After years working as a butcher and a house painter, Reitz attended Kutztown State Teachers College, where he studied Abstract Expressionism and discovered ceramics in his last year of study. Reitz quickly developed a passion for ceramics, built a kiln in his back yard, and enrolled in graduate school at Alfred University's New York State College of Ceramics. From 1962 to 1988 Reitz led the ceramics department at University of Wisconsin at Madison, while he raised his two children Brent and Donna on a nearby farm, where he also kept livestock and experimented in ceramic firing techniques. Don Reitz is known for bringing the salt-firing ceramics technique to the United States, in which colorful metallic surfaces are applied to ceramics by throwing salt in the kiln, as opposed to applying paint-like slips on the clay before firing. Reitz is also widely recognized for expanding the traditional medium of ceramics to incorporate abstract and nonfunctional forms like his contemporaries Peter Voulkos and Rudy Autio, as well as incorporating elements of performance art into his demonstrations and workshops. In 1982 Reitz suffered injuries from a serious automobile accident and required years of rehabilitation. During this time Reitz's niece, Sara, was undergoing treatment for cancer. The two were instrumental in each other's recovery and elements of Sara's drawings for Don were incorporated into his work, imbuing a graphic sensibility and a bold use of color, while his ability to physically manipulate clay was impaired. In 1988 Reitz moved to a ranch in Clarksdale, Arizona, where he continued to work after his retirement from teaching, building kilns of various types including wood-fire and Anagama kilns, traveling to conduct workshops, and accepting commissions for large-scale commissions and public works. While in Arizona, Reitz developed a strong friendship with Japanese ceramicist Yukio Yamamoto, who had been teaching in Flagstaff, Arizona. Throughout his career Reitz received numerous accolades including being named Trustee Emeritus of the American Craft Council, and making the Ceramic Monthly Reader's Poll as One of Twelve Greatest Living Ceramic Artists Worldwide in 1988 and 2001. Reitz's works are featured in numerous private and museum collections including the Smithsonian Institution, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the High Museum of Art. Don Reitz passed in 2014 after suffering from a series of heart attacks and related surgeries.
Related Materials:
Also found at the Archives of American art is an oral history interview with Don Reitz, 2006 June 6-7, conducted by Mija Riedel.
Provenance:
Donated in 2017 by Brent Reitz, Don Reitz's son.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information. Use of archival audiovisual recordings and born-digital records with no duplicate copy requires advance notice.
Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Occupation:
Ceramicists -- Arizona  Search this
Topic:
Ceramics  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Photographs
Sketches
Sound recordings
Video recordings
Citation:
Don Reitz papers, circa 1935-2015. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.reitdon
See more items in:
Don Reitz Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw97b5d1207-c22f-4b3f-b4cd-8bc57ef27530
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-reitdon

Oral history interview with Rudy Autio

Interviewee:
Autio, Rudy, 1926-2007  Search this
Interviewer:
Harrington, LaMar, 1917-2005  Search this
Names:
Bray, Archie  Search this
Voulkos, Peter, 1924-2002  Search this
Extent:
99 Pages (Transcript)
1 Item (Audio excerpt: 1 sound file (3 min. 33 sec.), digital)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1983 October 10-1984 January 28
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Rudy Autio conducted 1983 October 10-1984 January 28, by LaMar Harrington, for the Archives of American Art's Northwest Oral History Project. Autio speaks of growing up in Butte, Montana; his first art experiences; his education at Montana State College; his Navy service; working for Archie Bray, a brickmaker; working in carved brick and chimney pots; his interest in Indian customs; working with Peter Voulkos, and Voulkos' style; abstract expressionism; the importance of universities, organizations, and publications to ceramic art; going to Helsinki and learning about Finnish crafts; his thoughts on architectural art; his work methods; and his work in porcelain.
Biographical / Historical:
Rudy Autio (1926-2007) was a sculptor and ceramist from Missoula, Montana.
General:
Originally recorded on 5 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 8 digital wav files. Duration is 5 hr., 27 min.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives' Northwest Oral History Project, begun in 1982 to document the Northwest artistic community through interviews with painters, sculptors, craftsmen, educators, curators, and others, in Oregon, Washington and Montana.
Topic:
Abstract expressionism  Search this
Ceramics  Search this
Sculpture, American -- Northwestern States  Search this
Pottery -- 20th century -- Montana  Search this
Artists -- Northwestern States -- Interviews  Search this
Art, Modern -- Northwestern States  Search this
Art, American -- Northwestern States  Search this
Ceramicists -- Montana -- Missoula -- Interviews  Search this
Sculptors -- Montana -- Interviews  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.autio83
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw91f400dbb-5023-442e-ac97-f0f65b36c99b
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-autio83
Online Media:

Rudy Autio to Dorothy Weiss

Creator:
Autio, Rudy, 1926-2007  Search this
Weiss, Dorothy, 1921-  Search this
Subject:
Autio, Rudy  Search this
Weiss, Dorothy  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
1985 Oct. 11
Topic:
Art galleries, Commercial  Search this
Ceramics  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)1796
See more items in:
Dorothy Weiss Gallery records, circa 1964-2001, bulk 1984-2000
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_1796

Oral history interview with Rudy Autio, 1983 October 10-1984 January 28

Interviewee:
Autio, Rudy, 1926-2007  Search this
Interviewer:
Harrington, LaMar, 1917-2005  Search this
Subject:
Bray, Archie  Search this
Voulkos, Peter  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Abstract expressionism  Search this
Ceramics  Search this
Sculpture, American -- Northwestern States  Search this
Pottery -- 20th century -- Montana  Search this
Artists -- Northwestern States -- Interviews  Search this
Art, Modern -- Northwestern States  Search this
Art, American -- Northwestern States  Search this
Ceramicists -- Montana -- Missoula -- Interviews  Search this
Sculptors -- Montana -- Interviews  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Theme:
Craft  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11713
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212556
AAA_collcode_autio83
Theme:
Craft
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_212556
Online Media:

Untitled, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Autio, Rudy 1926-2007  Search this
Medium:
Sculpture: Cor-Ten steel; Base: Cor-Ten steel
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by Farm Credit Services 601 West 1st Avenue Spokane Washington 99204
Located Courtyard between Wall Street & Howard Street Spokane Washington
Date:
1969
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Control number:
IAS WA000042
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_319835

Untitled, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Autio, Rudy 1926-2007  Search this
Medium:
Ceramic
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures-Relief
Sculptures-Architectural component
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by City of Missoula Mayor's Committee on Public Art 123 West Spruce Street Missoula Montana 59801
Located Fire station at 300 block of Madison Avenue, west wall Missoula Montana
Date:
1995
Topic:
Occupation--Service--Fireman  Search this
Architecture--Vehicle--Fire Engine  Search this
Animal--Horse  Search this
Animal--Bird--Eagle  Search this
Object--Musical Instrument--Bell  Search this
Control number:
IAS MT000088
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_323276

Sermon on the Mount, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Autio, Rudy 1926-2007  Search this
Architectural firm:
Hoiland and Lund  Search this
Fabricator:
Archie Bray Foundation  Search this
Subject:
Voulkos, Peter  Search this
Conrad  Search this
Autio, Rudy  Search this
Medium:
Ceramic tile
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures-Relief
Sculptures-Architectural component
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
First United Methodist Church 610 2nd Avenue North Great Falls Montana 59401
Date:
1954
Topic:
Religion--New Testament--Christ  Search this
Portrait male  Search this
Portrait male--Self Portrait  Search this
Occupation--Art--Sculptor  Search this
Control number:
IAS MT000097
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_323285

St. Anthony and Christ Child, (sculpture)

Title:
Saint Anthony and Christ Child, (sculpture)
Sculptor:
Autio, Rudy 1926-2007  Search this
Architectural firm:
Fox and Ballas  Search this
Medium:
Glazed ceramic tiles
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures-Relief
Sculptures-Architectural component
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Diocese of Helena St. Anthony's Catholic Church 217 Tremont Missoula Montana 59801
Date:
1963
Topic:
Religion--New Testament--Christ  Search this
Religion--Saint--St. Anthony  Search this
Control number:
IAS MT000108
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_323355

(Abstract), (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Autio, Rudy 1926-2007  Search this
Medium:
Sculpture: exposed aggregate concrete and cement, cast and bolted, and inset glazed ceramic tiles; Foundation: brick
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by University of Montana School of Fine Arts Campus Drive Missoula Montana 59812
Located University of Montana Southwest corner of Music building Missoula Montana
Date:
1966
Topic:
Abstract--Geometric  Search this
Control number:
IAS MT000125
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_325382

Keeping the Spirits Happy, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Autio, Rudy 1926-2007  Search this
Medium:
Reddish-orange and brown ceramic and terra cotta tiles with etched white lines
Culture:
Indian  Search this
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures-Architectural component
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
C. M. Russell Museum 400 13th Street North Old museum entrance Great Falls Montana 59401
Date:
1953
Topic:
Abstract--Geometric  Search this
Ethnic  Search this
Control number:
IAS MT000161
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_325408

Grizzly, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Autio, Rudy 1926-2007  Search this
Founder:
San Francisco Art Foundry  Search this
Medium:
Statue: bronze; Base: concrete
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by University of Montana School of Fine Arts Campus Drive Missoula Montana 59812
Located University of Montana West end of oval Missoula Montana
Date:
1969
Topic:
Animal--Bear  Search this
Control number:
IAS MT000165
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_325496

(Three Reliefs), (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Autio, Rudy 1926-2007  Search this
Architectural firm:
Page, Warner  Search this
Medium:
Ceramic and concrete
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures-Relief
Sculptures-Architectural component
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by Montana State University Physical Plant 6th & Grant Bozeman Montana 59717
Located Montana State University Library Bozeman Montana 59717
Date:
1961
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Allegory--Arts & Sciences--Education  Search this
Landscape--Tree  Search this
Control number:
IAS MT000274
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_327337

Untitled, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Autio, Rudy 1926-2007  Search this
Medium:
Metal
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by Montana State University Physical Plant 6th & Grant Bozeman Montana 59717
Located Montana State University In front of Art Building Bozeman Montana 59717
Date:
1968
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Control number:
IAS MT000275
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_327338

Indian Chieftain, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Autio, Rudy 1926-2007  Search this
Medium:
Terra cotta
Culture:
Indian  Search this
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
University of Oregon Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art Eugene Oregon 97403
Date:
Ca. 1952
Topic:
Figure male  Search this
Ethnic  Search this
Control number:
IAS 75007581
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_13570

Battlefield, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Autio, Rudy 1926-2007  Search this
Medium:
Stoneware and colored slips
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Johnson County Community College Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art 12345 College Boulevard Overland Park Kansas 66210
Date:
2002
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Animal--Horse  Search this
Control number:
IAS 68810003
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_464480

Untitled, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Autio, Rudy 1926-2007  Search this
Medium:
Ceramic with glazes
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Tacoma Art Museum Tacoma Washington Accession Number: 1996.36
Date:
1961
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Control number:
IAS 56650046
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_465657

Vase, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Autio, Rudy 1926-2007  Search this
Medium:
Stoneware
Type:
Sculptures-Decorative arts
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Smithsonian Institution Division of Ceramics and Glass 14th Street & Constitution Avenue, N.W Washington District of Columbia 20560 Accession Number: 257803
Date:
1962
Topic:
Object--Other--Vase  Search this
Control number:
IAS 08630011
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_304038

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