Barney Rudolph


Barney Rudolph Autio


Annie Pontrelli



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Barney “Rudy” Autio describes coming to the University of Montana (UM) in 1957 after serving as the director of the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana. He talks about starting the UM ceramics program where he taught until 1984. Autio mentions some of the colleagues he admired including Leslie Fiedler, Richard Hugo, K. Ross Toole, and Clancy Gordon. He recalls the student protests at the University during the 1960s and early ‘70s, and the shift in student attitudes in the 1980s when students tired of the conflict and became increasingly concerned with making a living. Autio explains how he came to sculpt the bronze grizzly bear statue situated at the foot of the Oval, which he considers a curiosity instead of art. He notes that his favorite time at UM was the 1970s when the ceramics program was flourishing. Autio also recalls outstanding Art Department faculty members including Walter Hook and Aden Arnold.


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Document Type

Oral History


University of Montana faculty; Vietnam War, 1955-1975; Department of Art; Ceramics, Montana; Artists, Montana; University of Montana-Missoula

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

University of Montana Centennial Oral History Project, OH 270, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library


Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants and by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 /

Oral History Number

OH 270-057

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:30:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (12 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:54:03 minutes

Local Filename

OH_270_057.mp3; OH_270_057.pdf

Barney Rudolph