Naomi RaMona Schliesman grew up in the community of Fergus Falls, Minnesota. Born into a family of laborers, which included farmers, nurses, seamstresses, carpenters and woodworkers, Schliesman started using her hands at an early age by working with her father on house renovations and watching her grandfather working in his woodshop. This led to her passion of playing with tools and to creating objects out of a variety of media. Growing up, her family moved frequently from home to home. She became accustomed to the cycle of moving, tearing down walls, building additions, the redecoration and personalization. It was through these frequent transitions that the importance of applying her ornamentation and aesthetic led to a sense of space and form that said “home.” It was the disparate ornamentation of the décor of home, buildings and churches that fostered an acute awareness of how different spaces were decorated and the types of ornamentation that signified the function of the space and form.
Schliesman attended Minnesota State University Moorhead between 1999-2004 where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in sculpture. Two years later Schliesman chose to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison for graduate school, where she graduated with her Master of Fine Arts in 2009 with an emphasis in sculpture. During her career as a student at the UW-Madison, she was awarded numerous awards and scholarships.
Currently, Schliesman works at Minnesota State University Moorhead as the gallery director and resides in Fergus Falls where she works with the community in teaching art classes for all ages. In the past two years, Schliesman received a Fellowship from Ragdale and Kimmel Hardening Nelson Center for the Arts, to attend residencies. Schliesman also placed in the Miami University Young Sculptors Competition for William and Dorothy Yeck Award. She received three grants this last fall from the Nelson Family Foundation, Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, and the Nebraska City Fine Arts Committee to work with the London based artist Joan Michelson in Nebraska City for the school for the blind. Schliesman continues to show her work nationally and has shown work in New York, Pennsylvania, California, Washington, Ohio, Minnesota, North Dakota, Wisconsin, and Illinois.
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