Dr. Schroeder Cherry, a native of Washington, DC, is now a Baltimore-based artist and 2019 Sondheim competition finalist who captures everyday scenes of African American life, often set in barbershops and utilizing repurposed materials. These works tend to have narratives; but there is no one story, as viewers bring their own experiences to each piece. He also holds a doctorate in museum education from Columbia University (1988) and worked previously in museums in Chicago, Malibu, New York and Baltimore. In Washington, D.C. He worked for the Institute for Museums and Library Services, a federal agency, first as Deputy Director for Museums, then as Counselor to the Director (2002 – 2011). He currently teaches museum studies to graduate students and resides in Maryland.