Marjorie Schlossman is a painter, musician and mother of seven children. Born in California and raised in Fargo, N.D., Marjorie graduated from Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., with a degree in literature. She married and moved to La Jolla and then to the Palo Alto area, where she studied art with Richard Bowman, an instructor at the Chicago Art Institute and Stanford University; and Kenneth Washburn, a retired Columbia University professor. While in California, her work was exhibited at the Stanford University Faculty Club and at Stanford’s Hoover House (the president’s residence). She won Best of Show at the Palo Alto Art Club Annual Exhibition in 1979. During this time she also played violin with many ensembles in the San Francisco Bay area. Today she is a performing member of the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony and plays regularly in a violin-piano duet.
Marjorie returned to Fargo with her family in 1992. She served on numerous community boards of directors, including that of the Plains Art Museum. She served as board chair as the museum opened its new building, and had served on the architecture committee during the building’s planning and renovation phase. She obtained a Master of Liberal Arts degree from Minnesota State University Moorhead in 2003. Her paintings have been exhibited at the North Dakota Museum of Art in Grand Forks and the Minnesota State University Moorhead gallery.
In 2002, she opened the Roberts Street Chapel in downtown Fargo. Three long walls of this “ecumenical meditation or art chapel” contain Marjorie’s vibrant canvases. The artist has compared the three walls to the movements of a symphony, thereby linking her three passions – art, music and architecture – through the creation of this beautiful space, open to the public and free of charge.
The completion and success of the Roberts Street Chapel compelled Marjorie to create more structures with the same purpose –sacred spaces, open to the public, open to people of all religious and secular belief systems, free of charge, and full of art. The chaplets were unveiled in August 2006 at the North Dakota Museum of Art in Grand Forks, and again at West Acres Mall in Fargo in September 2006.