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Work Samples

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, Cute to Criminal.jpg

Acrylic with objects on wood. 25 x 44 inches 2022

Future Voter Series #21 Water.jpg

Acrylic with objects on wood. 36.5 x 25.25 inches 2022

Future Voter #28 Champion

Acrylic with objects on wood. 35 x 30.5 x 3 inches 2023


About Schroeder

Baltimore City

Schroeder Cherry's picture
Originally from Washington, DC, Schroeder Cherry is an award- winning Maryland-based painter and puppeteer whose art for decades has captured everyday scenes of African diaspora life. He has performed puppetry in museums, cultural centers, libraries and schools across the United States, and his art is in numerous private and public collections. As a museum professional, he has worked in seven U.S. museums, including the Studio Museum in Harlem; The J. Paul Getty Museum; The Art Institute of Chicago;... 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.