Opie Hileman Receives the 2nd Annual Klaus Moje Award

March 16, 2018
Artist Opie Hileman
Artist Opie Hileman

"It is the work that must speak, and if the work doesn't speak, nothing can help." - Klaus Moje


In 2012, I was fortunate enough to interview Klaus Moje when he was a juror for Bullseye's Emerge competition. I revisited that interview recently, hunting for pithy quotes that could be held up as examples of his passion for craftsmanship, art, glass, and education. I soon realized, however, that I would not find what I was searching for. Not because he was in any way inarticulate, but because his true eloquence was expressed in the studio and in the classroom; making, forging relationships, and maintaining relentless curiosity.

 

It is for these reasons that Opie Hileman has been selected as the second recipient of the annual Klaus Moje Award, a scholarship to Pilchuck Glass School established by Bullseye Glass Company to honor Klaus. Originally from Amarillo, Texas, Opie is a perpetual student who seeks out the best craftspeople to learn from and adapts what he learns into innovative mixed-media sculptures, paintings, and furniture designs. His work has been selected for solo and group exhibitions across the country and featured in American Art Collector, Corning's New Glass Review, and Art Glass Today. In 2014, his piece Connect I was a finalist in Bullseye's Emerge competition.

Opie Hileman, Connect I, from Bullseye's 2014 Emerge competition

About the author

Michael Endo

In the summer of 2009, I returned to my hometown of Portland, Oregon and answered a Craigslist ad to work in the basement of a gallery I had never heard of and with a material I knew nothing about. In the subsequent years, I spent a very short time as an instructor/technician in Bullseye's Research & Education Department, introduced glass into my own studio practice, and in mid 2014 became Bullseye Gallery's first Curator. I assisted in the transition from Bullseye Gallery to Bullseye Projects and ushered in a new programmatic structure for our exhibitions and residencies. I hold an MFA in Painting from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BA in Visual Art and Art History from Portland State University. 

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