Tom Schroeder | Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Tom Schroeder

Portrait of Tom Schroeder


Professor Emeritus
BA, Lawrence University

Tom Schroeder has been making hand-drawn animated films since 1990.

His films have been broadcast on Independent Lens, the Sundance Channel, Canal+ in France and Spain, SBS in Australia, CBC in Canada, and Pacific Voice in Japan. The films have also played widely on the international festival circuit, including multiple screenings at Annecy, Rotterdam, Sundance, Ottawa, and South by Southwest, and have won over forty festival awards. Retrospective programs of Schroeder’s animated shorts have screened recently in Seoul, Minneapolis, and Melbourne.

Tom received Minnesota State Arts Board Grants in 1991, 1999, 2006, 2014, and 2019; Jerome Film and Video Grants in 2000 and 2004; McKnight Fellowships in 2006, 2011, and 2015; Bush Fellowships in 1997 and 2008; and a Rooftop Filmmakers Grant in 2013. He has directed commercials for Kashi, Samsung, and Hertz Car Rental and is currently represented as a director by Global Mechanic, Vancouver, Canada.