Work samples

  • Future Voter Series, Cute to Criminal

     

    Acrylic with objects on wood.

  • Y Love : Black, Gay, Jewish Rapper.

    Mixed media assemblage on wood. 38x 32 inches. 2023

  • Future Voter #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
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… 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.
  • Barbershop Series #42 Cuts
    Acrylic, glass, thread, metal with objects on wood. 26 x 27 inches Private collection
  • Barber Shop Series #53, Tight
    Acrylic, glass, thread, metal with objects on wood. 25 x 30 inches
  • Barber Shop Series # 55
    Acrylic, glass, thread, metal with objects on wood. 32 x 29 inches
  • Barber Shop Series # 58
    Acrylic, glass, thread, metal with objects on wood. 33.5 x 31.5 inches
  • Barber Shop Series #35, Shoot
    Acrylic, glass, thread, metal with objects on wood. 29 x 39 inches
  • Barber shop Series#37
    Acrylic, glass, thread, metal with objects on wood. 30.5 x 22 inches. Private collection
  • Barber shop Series#36 Side
    Acrylic, glass, thread, metal with objects on wood. 31 x 25.5 inches
  • Barber Shop Series#50, Prey
    Acrylic, glass, thread, metal with objects on wood. 27 x 24 inches Private collection
  • Barbershop Series #48, Trim
    Acrylic, glass, thread, metal with objects on wood. 30 x 20 inches Private collection
  • Barbershop Series #47, Own 28.5 x 21 inches-1.jpg
    Acrylic, glass, thread, metal with objects on wood. 28.5 x 21 inches

Assemblage Portraits

Assemblage Portraits use acrylic and objects on wood to depict people, real and imagined.  
  • Song
    Door Open private collection
  • I've Watched
    door closed text by Thomas Estler Private collection
  • No Touch
    door open Text by Thomas Estler.
  • Word
  • Reclaiming My Time
    door open , 21.5 x 9.5 x 8 Private collection
  • Graduate
    door open private collection
  • Family Tree door open-1.jpg
    Mixed media on wood. Private collection
  • Joker
    30.5 x 10.5 x 1.5 inches Acrylic, wood, objects on glass washboard
  • No Labels
    24“ x 10”
  • Two Dads
    31 x 31 inches photo by Minas Konsolas

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 "Civil Rights Children's Crusade."  Puppet Docent Ms. Lily was designed specifically to lead adult tours in museums and art galleries. 

  • Puppet Jamahl with drum
    Jamahl. Rod puppet with drum.
  • Puppet Ms. Lily
    Ms. Lily at Wits End Puppet Slam, Takoma Park, MD
  • Puppet Curtis Entrepreneur
    Rod puppet singing blues song
  • How The Sun Came To The Sky
    Set for How The Sun Came To The Sky. Rod puppet with wood cut-outs.
  • Puppet Tevin
    Puppet Tevin at Smihsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum, talking about Tuskegee Airmen.
  • Underground Railroad Not A Subway
    Cabin scene of rRailroad, Not A Subway.
  • Puppet Ms .Maya O'Pinion
    Ms. Maya O'Pimion, rod puppet.
  • Mr. Bojangles
    Puppets Mr. Zeke and Smooth Earl perform "Mr. Bojangles."
  • Puppet Dallas Dan w guitar
    32 x 10 x 4 inches
  • Ms Lily
    Puppet Ms. Lily, museum docent.

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. 
  • Angel Can #78
    9.5 x 9 x 3.5 inches. Private collection
  • Angel Box.jpg
  • Angel Can # 66
    9x9x2.5 inches
  • Angel Vessel #4
    14 x 5 acrylic on wood with African gourd, metal, cowrie. Private collection
  • Angel Can #68
    8.5 x 12 x 2.75 inches Private collection
  • Angel Can #73
    9x11x2.25 inches Private collection
  • Angel Can #71
    8 x 9 x 2.75 inches Private collection

Railroad Porter Series

The Railroad Porter Series commemorates those people who toiled on American railroads, largely establishing America's first Black middleclass.
  • Janus with Schedule
    48 x 30 inches Private collection
  • Traveling Shoes.
    Acrylic, glass, thread, metal with objects on wood. 48 x 30 inches Private collection
  • I Got Two Minds
    Acrylic, glass, thread, metal with objects on wood. 48 x 24 inches Private collection
  • Baker King
    22 x 10 inches Private collection
  • Sliver Tray w slice
  • Generations
    Acrylic, glass, thread, metal with objects on washboard. Private collection
  • Wanted
    Acrylic with objects on wood. Private collection
  • Graduate
    Acrylic, glass, thread, metal with objects on wood. Private collection
  • Work Clothes Play Clothes
    Silver trays and mixed media. Private collection
  • 2 knives
    Silver tray and mixed media. Private collection

Music Series

The Music series is inspired by events and sounds.  Some works depict actual activities, others are imagined.
  • Piano
    46 x 48 inches
  • Serving_Slices_
    30 x 26 inches.
  • Watermelon Blues
    48 x 46 inches.
  • Double Blow
  • Sing
    28 x 25 inches
  • Sax Man
    38.5 x 22.25 inches
  • To Die For
    47 x 27 inches
  • Blow
    48 x 32 inches
  • Mens Choir 1.JPG
    Acrylic with objects on wood. Private collection
  • Sang!
    32.5 x 22.5 inches Private collection

Narratives

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.
  • Selfie
    41 x 22 inches
  • Save the Bees
    27.5 x 16 inches
  • Collect.jpg
  • Selfie Seated
    30 x 24
  • LEAP
    48 x 36 inches
  • Computer Dating.
    48 x 46 inches
  • Black Boys Plaque
  • Worth Saving
    34.5 x 20.5
  • Dodging Bullets
    23 x 12.5 inches
  • No Bullet with My Name on it

Barber Shop Series continued

The Barber Shop Series is inspired by those places men go to get shaves and their hair cut.
  • Shave Barbershop #17
    28 x 15.5 inches
  • Luck Barber Shop Series #14.
  • Cut Barber shop series #10
    29 x 16 inches

Protest Series

The Protest Series is inspired by contemporary events, such as the Covid pandemic, voter suppression efforts,  and Black Lives Matter protests.
  • Good Trouble (doors closed)
    Acrylic with objects on wood and metal washboard. 33 x 12.5 inches
  • Tic_Tac_Covid_30_x_30_inches.jpg
    Tic Tac Covid Acrylic, thread with objects on wood 30 x 30 inches
  • Good Trouble
    Acrylic with objects on washboard. 33 x 28 inches.
  • Mask
    Acrylic with objects on wood 30.5 x 35.25 inches

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. 
  • Future Voter#11
    acrylic, metal with objecst on wood; 31.5 x 26.5 inches
  • Future Voter #3
    Acrylic with objects on wood. 21 x 20 inches~2.jpg Private collection
  • Future Voter Series #12, Twns
    Acrylic with objects on wood. 38 x 27 inches
  • Future Voter #29, Splash Girl
    Acrylic with objects on wood 27 x 38.5 x 3 inches 2023
  • Future Voter #26 Splash Boy
    Acrylic with objects on wood. 2023