Joe Auito's desire to pursue his love in art was side-lined by some of life's typical hurdles: attending night school at Lawrence Technology, marriage, children, grandchildren, elderly parents, houses, mortgages, bills and a 40+ year career in engineering retiring from Fiat Chrysler Automobile (FCA) in 2016. As a child he found that drawing was one of his favorite past times. Later in High School and College Joe found that he could combine his artist skills with his studies in Architecture. However, a vocation shift into Civil Engineering and Manufacturing Engineering permanently cemented his career path for the next 40 years. Basically pigeon holing a round right brained artist, into a square left brained engineering world. In 2005 Joe decided to take a drawing class at Macomb Community College with his wife Barb who is also an artist and oil painter. One evening during that first semester after leaving his drawing class Joe heard the tap-tap-tap of hammers in another classroom. He stopped and stuck his head into the Metals-Sculpture Studio and found his 'Forever Land'! After completing his Associates degree in Arts at Macomb he transferred to Wayne State and is completing his Bachelors degree in Fine Arts majoring in Sculpture and Metalwork this fall. He enjoys learning and trying new processes & materials which have included enameling, electro forming, hydro forming, mokume, metal fold forming, chemical patina's, wood working, mixed media's and many other's techniques. Joe's work has been shown in numerous exhibitions and gallery shows. In 2009 the last year that the Michigan State Fair was open his jewelry work was awarded 1st place. FCA sponsors an employee Art competition among its 60,000 employees. In 2012 Joe make the finalist list in both sculpture and jewelry. In 2014 he took 1st Place with his sculpture and Honorable mentions with 2 of his jewelry pieces. This year is his first entry into Art Prize and is excited to have been accepted and hosted by Broadwalk GR. Artist Statement: Humans are the only living beings that create Art for the sake of Art. Art has no purpose but to evoke and express our emotions. Art offers no basic survival needs to clothe, feed or quench our bodies. Art, at its core, is the essence of mankind... a gift from our creator. So, I ask myself: "Who am I to say what is Art, and who are you to say what is not?" Joe Auito
Joe's ArtPrize Entries
These are Joe's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.