Steven Schroeder

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Steven
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Schroeder
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I am a poet and visual artist who spent many years moonlighting as a philosophy professor — most often in interdisciplinary settings, most recently at the University of Chicago Graham School. I studied at the University of Chicago (where I received my Ph.D. in Ethics and Society in 1982) and Valparaiso University (where I received my B.A. in Psychology in 1974).

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2018: “Pure Enjoyment,” juried art show at The Creamery Art Center, Springfield, Missouri.
2018: “Visions of the Flint Hills,” juried art show at Buttonwood Art Space, Kansas City.
2018: Solo Exhibition. Learning to See Nothing. Eleanor Hays Art Gallery, Northern Oklahoma College, Tonkawa, Oklahoma
2018: Solo Exhibition. A Gift of Fire. Chalice Abbey Center for Spirituality and the Arts, Amarillo, Texas.
2018: “The Road Show,” juried art show at Arts Illiana Gallery, Terre Haute, Indiana
2018: “Bloom,” juried art show at Buttonwood Art Space, Kansas City.
2018: Arts Illiana Gallery Juried Exhibition 2018, Terre Haute, Indiana
2018: Solo Exhibition. In the Path of Totality. The Grandview Gallery, Ada, Oklahoma.
2018: Solo Exhibition. A Cloud of Witnesses. Fremont Public Library, Mundelein, Illinois.
2018: Liturgical and Sacred Art Exhibit, juried art show at Springfield Art Association, Springfield, Illinois.
2018: “Resilience: the 4 Seasons,” juried art show at Buttonwood Art Space, Kansas City.
2018: “The Crow Show,” juried art show at Arts Illiana Gallery, Terre Haute, Indiana.
2018: Telling God Stories in the 21st Century. Online exhibit at The Episcopal Church & Visual Arts (ecva.org).
2017: Solo Exhibition. Circle Dance. Arlington Green Executive Center, Arlington Heights, Illinois.
2017: “To Reform: Artists Respond to the Reformation,” juried art show at Eide/Dalrymple Gallery, Augustana University, Sioux Falls, SD.
2017: “Pure Enjoyment,” juried art show at The Creamery Art Center, Springfield, Missouri.
2017: “Visions of the Flint Hills,” juried art show at Buttonwood Art Space, Kansas City.
2017: “Light and Shadow,” juried art show at Mildred M. Cox Gallery, William Woods University, Fulton, Missouri.
2017: “Music to My Eyes,” The Creamery Art Center, Springfield, Missouri.
2017: Solo Exhibition. In A Landscape. Meet Chicago Northwest, Schaumburg, Illinois.
2017: Ann Metzger Memorial National All Media Exhibition, juried art show at the St. Louis Artists' Guild, St. Louis.
2017: “World Visions,” juried art show at Buttonwood Art Space, Kansas City.
2017: Springfield Regional Arts Council members show The Creamery Art Center, Springfield, Missouri.
2017:  Solo Exhibition. Inflections. Rolling Meadows Library, Rolling Meadows, Illinois.
2017:  Solo Exhibition. A Mime Face on Memory. Blackstone Library, Chicago.
2017:  Solo Exhibition. Epiphany: what light does on edge. Chalice Abbey Center for Spirituality and the Arts, Amarillo, Texas.
2017: “Urban+Abstract,” juried art show at Buttonwood Art Space, Kansas City.
2016: “Pure Enjoyment,” juried art show at The Creamery Art Center, Springfield, Missouri.
2016: “Visions of the Flint Hills,” juried art show at Buttonwood Art Space, Kansas City.
2016: Juried Exhibition at Arts Illiana Gallery, Terre Haute, Indiana.
2016: group exhibit at Sulzer Regional Library for the International Day of Peace, Chicago.
2016: Liturgical and Sacred Art Exhibit, juried art show at Springfield Art Association, Springfield, Illinois.
2015: Annual All Media Exhibition, juried art show at Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
2015: Horizon: Contemporary Landscape,  juried art show at Community Arts Center, Danville, Kentucky.
2015: “Pure Enjoyment,” juried art show at The Creamery Art Center, Springfield, Missouri.
2015: “Visions of the Flint Hills,” juried art show at Buttonwood Art Space, Kansas City.
2015: Solo Exhibition. Classic Cinemas. North Riverside, Illinois.
2015: Solo Exhibition. Dispersed Cities: Recent Work on Paper and Canvas, The Paper Crane Gallery, Canyon, Texas.
2014: Freeport Art Museum 11th Annual Regional Juried Exhibition, Freeport, Illinois.
2014: Artists Association of Northern Colorado Online Juried Show.
2014: Horizon: Contemporary Landscape,  juried art show at Community Arts Center, Danville, Kentucky.
2014: 5th Annual “Small Works” Exhibit,  juried art show at Riverside Arts Center, Ypsilanti, Michigan.
2014: “Visions of the Flint Hills,” juried art show at Buttonwood Art Space, Kansas City.
2014: Art at the Center-The Abstract Exhibition, juried art show at the Tomahawk Ridge Community Center, Overland Park, Kansas.
2014: Third Coast National, juried art show at K Space Contemporary, Corpus Christi, Texas.
2014: St. Louis Artists’ Guild Regional Summer Exhibition, juried art show at the St. Louis Artists’ Guild, St. Louis, Missouri.
2014: “Art of the Center,” juried art show at the Tomahawk Ridge Community Center, Overland Park, Kansas.
2013: Solo Exhibition. Slow Light: Recent Work on Paper and Canvas, Conrad Sulzer Regional Library, Chicago.
2013: “Horizon: Contemporary Landscape,” juried art show at the Community Arts Center, Danville, Kentucky.
2013: “Visions of the Flint Hills,” juried art show at Buttonwood Art Space, Kansas City.
2013: “Texas Spirit,” juried art show at the Old Post Office Museum and Art Center, Graham, Texas.
2012: “Speaking in Tongues,” works on canvas at Powell’s Bookstore University Village, Chicago.
2012: Solo Exhibition. Works on paper and canvas, 2nd Avenue Art Guild, Dodge City, Kansas.
2010: Solo Exhibition. Works on paper and canvas, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
2010: “Celebrating Chopin” juried art show at Beverly Arts Center, Chicago.
2008: Poetic Vision: An Evening of Poetry, Pictures, and Song (with Nathan Brown), Wichita Falls (Texas) Museum of Art.
2007: “Two Southwests,” reading and installation as part of the annual meeting of the American Studies Association of Texas, East Texas Baptist University, Marshall, Texas.

Works held in numerous private collections | Cover designs for poetry collections published by virtual artists collective, 2005-2012 and for Purple Flag since 2014 | Cover art for poetry collections published by virtual artists collective, Lamar University Press, Ink Brush Press, and Cherry Grove Collections, 2003-2018 | Cover art for the Journal of Modern Literature in Chinese and Voice & Verse (both published in Hong Kong) | Exhibition posters and posters for poetry readings sponsored by virtual artists collective, 2007-2018 | Introduction to the exhibition catalog for Sou Vai Keng and Martin Zeller’s the back side of the eye: Reflections on Edvard Munch’s Work. Painting and Photography on Rice Paper, 2010-2012 | More than a dozen full-length poetry collections, numerous collaborative collections (poetry and visual art), numerous chapbooks, poems in numerous journals and anthologies (print and online).


Ph.D. University of Chicago · Ethics & Society · 1982
M.A. University of Chicago · Divinity · 1976
B.A. Valparaiso University · Psychology · 1974

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I grew up on the High Plains in the Texas Panhandle, and that is where I first learned to take nothing seriously. Emptiness plays an important role in both my poetry and my painting: I often find myself spending as much time on what is not there as on what is. This usually means focusing on a single image and letting the whole composition spring up around it — not a narrative but an all at once that evokes a here and now that is, here, now, neither. A likely story is likely to grow out of this when readers and viewers encounter it, but I hope my art always invites more than it contains.

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