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Name Autio, Lela
Dates & places of birth and death Born: 1927 in Great Falls, Montana
Nationality or Tribal Affiliation American
Occupation Worked at Archie Bray Foundation with Peter Voulkos and Rudy Autio in Helena, MT (circa 1952-1957).
Helped found Art Museum of Missoula (1975).
Teacher, Hellgate High School, Missoula, MT (10 years).
Published two books on Rudy Autio.
Notes All information in this biography comes from the MAM's paper bio-file database. In case of information discrepancies or for further information, please contact the MAM Registrar.
Publications Maxine Blackmer. Montana Arts, Vol. 24, No. 2, 1972.
Ric Collier. Crafts Horizons, January 1977.
H.G. Merriam. The Arts in Montana, 1977.
Frances Senska, "Pottery in a Brickyard." American Craft, Feb./Mar., 1982.
Matthew Kangas, "Rudy Autio: Retrospective," 1983.
Relationships Husband: Rudy Autio (also an artist, represented in MAM Collections). Married: 1948
Four children: Arne, Lisa (also an artist), Lar, and Christofer, (also an artist, represented in MAM Collections)
Places of residence Great Falls, Montana
Bozeman, Montana
1950 - 1952: Pullman, WA
1952 - 1957: Helena, Montana
1957 - Present: Missoula, Montana
Role Artist
Titles & Honors 1970: Painting prize, Northwest Invitational.
1974: Selected as first Artist in the Schools, Bozeman Senior High School, Bozeman, MT.
1979: Purchase Prize, Banner Show, Paris Gibson Square, Great Falls, MT.
1981: Voted "Outstanding Art Teacher" by members of the Montana Art Education Assc.
2000: Retrospective at Missoula Art Museum, Missoula, MT
2002: Retrospective at Holter Art Museum, Helena, MT
Education 1945 - 1949: B.A., Montana State University, Bozeman, MT,
1961: M.A. in Art, University of Montana, Missoula, MT

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