The Golden Space Needle Awards

Meet the Artist

Seattle-based Piper O'Neill boasts an impressive and diverse body of work ranging from neon installations to large inflatable public sculptures.

Ms. O'Neill's work addresses the concept of inherited histories and memory. An NEA recipient, her work is in many notable private and public collections and has been reviewed by Art in America, Art Ltd and featured on the cover of The Stranger. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration and Experimental Animation from Parsons School of Design in New York and a Masters of Communication in Digital Media from the University of Washington. O'Neill is represented by Winston Wächter Fine Art of Seattle and Friesen Gallery in Sun Valley, Idaho. She is currently preparing for an August artist residency at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma and a solo exhibition at Friesen Gallery in September 2015.

O'Neill's inspiration for the Golden Space Needle Award came from the DeJur Electra 8mm camera lens, an iconographic silhouette that is symbolic of Seattle's love of film.

"For the third year, SIFF is grateful to be able to present our audience award winners with this stunning work from Piper O'Neill. Collaborating with a local artist of her caliber has been a wonderful experience for us. We think it's only fitting to honor exceptional work in film with a piece of art that reaches that same height." -- Mary Bacarella, SIFF Managing Director

Learn more about Ms. O'Neill here.