Auer began his craft as an apprentice letterpress printer and bookbinder and has worked in the book arts for more than 25 years. He was the co-founder of Wolfe Editions, a commercial print shop in Portland, Maine, specializing in limited edition print work.
He has worked as a conservator of medieval manuscripts at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland and rare books at the Harry Ransom Center, and currently teaches studio classes with a focus on book structures and print media. Auer held previous positions at the Maryland Institute College of Art and The University of Houston, Victoria.
Auer holds a B.A. in Asian Studies from Connecticut College. He earned his master’s degree in US History from The University of Texas at Austin. He additionally holds a Certificate in Book and Paper Conservation from The University of Texas.