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Endowment support provides financial stability and continuity necessary for long-term planning. That stability, in turn, helps create the flexibility to meet unforeseen challenges and to take advantage of new opportunities. The Bray Endowment provides on-going funds to meet the greatest needs of the Archie Bray Foundation including studios and other facilities maintenance, resident stipends and support, and stewardship of the permanent collection.

Peter Voulkos Visiting Artist Fellowship Endowment

The Peter Voulkos Visiting Artist Fellowship at the Archie Bray Foundation honors the spirit of the late Peter Voulkos who began his career at the Bray in 1951. A truly remarkable artist who launched a revolution in Peter Voulkospostwar American ceramics, Voulkos, along with fellow Montana native Rudy Autio, was a founding resident artist at the Bray. The dynamic created during these early years at the Foundation set a standard of excellence, and firmly established the Bray as a center of experimentation and creative exchange.

Created by family and friends who understood Pete’s enormous creative capacity, the fellowship is awarded annually to provide an opportunity for a special visiting artist to work at the Bray. Each Voulkos Visiting Artist works as part of the Bray artist community continuing Pete’s passion for creative exchange through shared ideas. Previous recipients of the Voulkos Fellowship include Stephen DeStaebler, Don Reitz, John Mason, Takeshi Yasuda, and Patti Warashina.


Rudy Autio Endowment for Creative Initiatives

Rudy AutioAs a founding Bray resident artist along with Peter Voulkos, one of the things Rudy Autio loved most about the Archie Bray Foundation was the creative stimulation he experienced working in the studio among other artists. Whether pushing the boundaries of clay alongside Voulkos at the Bray in 1952 or responding to the energy of international Bray residents in 2006, Rudy was always open to taking creative risks and following his curiosity wherever it took him. In addition to being a seminal ceramic artist, he constantly challenged himself— working with printmaking and digital imaging, collaborating with Finnish textile artists, and in the last months of his life, painting portraits of his family—all in the spirit of creative exploration.

The Autio Endowment for Creative Initiatives honors Rudy’s spirit by providing support for special projects that further creative exploration, allowing residents to challenge themselves as artists and take exceptional creative risks.

The Bray is a 501(c)(3) exempt organization under the Internal Revenue Code and all contributions to the Bray are deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

For more information contact the Bray Development Office.

Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts
2915 Country Club Avenue
Helena, MT 59602
Office Phone: 406.443.3502 ext. 16
Fax: 406.443.0934
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