Steven Schroeder

Steven 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).

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.

february 2
february 2
  • 20 x 14 in
  • $500.00
in bloom 2
in bloom 2
  • 36 x 24 in
  • $750.00
Empty Promises 1
Empty Promises 1
Sold
  • 36 x 24 in
Empty Promises 2
Empty Promises 2
  • 24 x 36 in
  • $750.00
burn
burn
  • 36 x 24 in
  • $750.00
wuxing 2
wuxing 2
  • 19 x 8 in
  • $500.00
from what i've tasted of desire
from what i've tasted of desire
  • 11 x 14 in
  • $300.00
magic
magic
  • 11 x 14 in
  • $300.00
March
March
  • 11 x 14 in
  • $500.00
norther
norther
  • 24 x 18 in
  • $500.00
let us find a city
let us find a city
  • 16 x 11 in
  • $500.00
valse brillante
valse brillante
  • 9 x 13.5 in
  • $300.00
the fog comes on little cat feet
the fog comes on little cat feet
  • 12 x 16 in
  • $500.00
long night moon
long night moon
  • 16 x 20 in
  • $500.00
wildflowers
wildflowers
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  • 20.25 x 20.25 in
May
May
  • 20 x 14 in
  • $500.00
fog
fog
  • 24 x 18 in
  • $500.00
Flint Hills
Flint Hills
  • 24 x 24 in
  • $750.00
crossroad
crossroad
  • 36 x 24 in
  • $750.00
Cholla blossom 2
Cholla blossom 2
Sold
  • 24 x 24 x 0.75 in
east of Cimarron
east of Cimarron
  • 24 x 36 in
  • $750.00
dandelions 2
dandelions 2
  • 20 x 14 in
  • $500.00
a murder
a murder
  • 20 x 16 in
  • $500.00
watch for falling ice 2
watch for falling ice 2
  • 24 x 24 in
  • $750.00
watch for falling ice 1
watch for falling ice 1
  • 24 x 24 in
  • $750.00