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Work Samples

Barber Shop Series #60, Done

Barbershop Series # 60, Done
Barbershop Series # 60, Done Acrylic, glass, metal, thread w objects on wood. 30.5 x 22.5 inches

Future Voter Series #4, How Many Jelly Beans?,

  Acrylic, metal, thread with objects on wood  23 x 27 inches;  2021
Acrylic, metal, thread with objects on wood 23 x 27 inches 2021

Future Voter Series #9, Two Riders

Future Voter Series #9, Two Riders   Acrylic, metal, thread with objects on wood
Future Voter Series #9 , Two Riders Acrylic, metal, thread with objects on wood 24 x 29.5 inches 2021

ABC Future Voter Series.#8

Acrylic, metal, fabric with objects on wood. 31 x 26.5 inches. 2021


About Schroeder

Baltimore City

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Originally from Washington, DC, Schroeder Cherry is now a Baltimore-based artist and 2019 Sondheim finalist who captures  everyday scenes of African diaspora life. He earned a bachelor's degree in painting and puppetry from The University of Michigan; a master's degree in museum education from George Washington University; and a doctorate in museum education from Columbia University.  His works are found in private and pubic collections across the U.S.  In 2020 he was awarded the ... more

Barber Shop Series

The Barber Shop Series is inspired by those places men go to get shaves and their hair cut.  While waiting to be serviced, and later in the chair, customers share an environment ripe with conversation, political views, and perspectives on every day events.  Some men visit their shop weekly or bi-weekly, making it a communal space. The series depicts shops in Baltimore and surrounding areas.

These works are acrylic with objects on wood.

Assemblage Portraits

Assemblage Portraits use acrylic and objects on wood to depict people, real and imagined.  

Schroeder Cherry and His Puppets

Schroeder Cherry played with puppets as a kid.  In college he tried puppets again and was hooked. He apprenticed to a puppet master in Chicago and joined a troupe before setting out on his own.   Working with sculpted rod puppets and wood cut outs that he designed,  Schroeder has performed original shows  with puppets in museums, libraries, schools, and cultural centers  across the United States.  Performances include: "Can You Spell Harlem?," "The Land of Primary Colors," "Underground Railroad, Not A Subway," "Tuskegee Airmen," "How The Sun Came To The Sky," and "Children's Crusade."  Puppet Docent Ms. Lily was designed specifically to lead adult tours in museums and art galleries. 

Angel Can Series

 Inspired by a Garcia Marquez short story about an angel that fell to earth, the Angel Can Series depicts Black males as spiritual beings.  The works are acrylic, glass, metal, wood  and found objects on cans.  These  "Kick Ass Angels'" are spiritual guides one calls on when in the thick of it.  They are effective because they have seen some things. Each angel is numbered on the inside lid. 

Railroad Porter Series

The Railroad Porter Series commemorates those people who toiled on American railroads, largely establishing America's first Black middleclass.


Narrative pieces are open ended stories inspired by literature, music, convesations, events and travel.  Although I work from a particular idea, viewers are encouraged to interpret their own storyline. There is no one story.  I often like to eavesdrop when people are talking about the work.  Sometimes what they come up with is rich, and  completely different from what I had in mind.

Protest Series

The Protest Series is inspired by contemporary events, such as the Covid pandemic, voter suppression efforts,  and Black Lives Matter protests.

Future Voter Series

The Future Voter Series is inspired by voter suppression efforts  in American elections, present and historic.  The focus is on youth who witness the current political climate, and will grow to be adult voters.