Carolyn Autenrieth (b. 1964, New York) BIOGRAPHY Autenrieth is a ceramicist, painter, and arts educator, born in Syracuse, NY, but grew up in the Midwest. She first came to the Pacific Northwest 33 years ago, inspired by artist John Collier whom she sometimes worked for as a model and assistant. Her undergrad degree is in Drawing/Painting from Greenville College in Illinois (1985), but is a self- taught Ceramic artist after first wandering into a Ceramic studio in California. She also holds a degree in Diagnostic Radiography with an emphasis in CT, and published drawings for a national curriculum book. She credits the detour from art as an exploration of the left brain and a deeper connection to the complexity of pain and emotion. In 2004, she received her Teaching degree and Masters from Seattle Pacific University in Art Education. For more than 18 years, Autenrieth has been a public art teacher; including a few years as adjunct at Seattle Pacific University. She currently teaches Ceramics and IB Visual Art to a wide range of high school students including advanced and those with special needs. Autenrieth enjoys working with a culturally diverse student population and advocates for creating connections and social change using the universal language of art. Working with students and developing art curriculum informs and challenges Autenrieth in her own artmaking practice Autenrieth currently resides in Seattle where she teaches and works from her home studio in close proximity to nature. Her work is available in several local galleries and she regularly exhibits in the Pacific Northwest.