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The Silver Room Exhibition features solo and group art exhibitions and programming organized by Chicago-based guest curators. Exhibitions include the annual 100 Canvases auction and fundraiser for The Silver Room Sound System Block Party. To inquire about exhibition opportunities, contact


Works from Xandria Phillips

Our next show at The Silver Room, opening this weekend, features vibrant and colorful work from Xandria Phillips! Most of you may know them by their poetry, but now you will know them through their art! Curated by AMFM, learn about their work and then come check it out in person!

Artist Bio

Artist name: Xandria Phillips  - Website | Instagram 

Xandria Phillips is a Whiting Award-winning poet, and visual artist from rural Ohio. The recipient of a LAMBDA Literary Award, and the Judith A. Markowitz Award for Emerging writers, Xandria is the author of HULL (Nightboat Books 2019) and Reasons for Smoking, which won the 2016 Seattle Review Chapbook Contest judged by Claudia Rankine. They have received fellowships from Brown University, Callaloo, Cave Canem, The Conversation Literary Festival, Oberlin College, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, and are the 2021-2023 Center for African American Poetry and Poetics Fellow. Their current projects include an experimental nonfiction manuscript, a book of ekphrastic poetry, and an ever-growing visual art studio practice. Xandria’s poetry has appeared in Berlin Quarterly Review, BOMB Magazine, Crazyhorse,, and Virginia Quarterly Review and anthologies such as Best Experimental Writing (Weslyan Press 2020) and We Want It All: An Anthology of Radical Trans Poetics (Nightboat Books 2020). Their paintings have been featured in Kenyon Review, The Poetry Project, and the cover of American Poets Magazine. For more, visit them at

A Bouquet Of Gestures
A Bouquet Of Gestures

A Bouquet Of Gestures

$ 500.00

A Bouquet of Gestures is constructed from leftover dried paint collaged over recycled cardboard. The strokes in each color are a result of gouache being mixed and transferred from palette paper to painting. The colors you see are a survey of shades mixed over the period of a month. As these vibrant unintentional marks accumulated, they began to feel like a shadow painting. As a poet, the artist thinks often of the concept of one’s “shadow book” to quote Kevin Young, “The shadow book is... situated on the cusp of fiction and history.” A Bouquet of Gestures is a shadow painting, in that it archives the subconscious strokes that chronicle the speed, method, and labor, between the work more broadly considered as “production.” This work is also in conversation with Kameelah Janan Rasheed’s Night School, where participants wondered how to invite process, citation, and influence into the “finished” pieces. In the words of Charles Olson, this is an attempt to “leave the roots on.”

  • Medium: Mixed Media — leftover dried paint collaged over recycled cardboard
  • Dimensions: 31” x 31”
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Curated by Ciera McKissick of AMFM

Curator name: Ciera McKissick of AMFM - Website | Facebook | Instagram

Curator Bio

Ciera McKissick is the founder of AMFM, a creative arts brand based in Chicago. She created AMFM, originally a web magazine, as an independent study project during her senior year at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she studied Journalism and Mass Communications. Her work since then has evolved to support emerging and established artists by offering them a platform to showcase their work and passions on a larger scale through exhibitions, web content, and curated events.

As a curator and producer, she seeks to combine the arts to cultivate community, access, diversity, inclusivity, intergenerational interaction and a dynamic experience. Her work often involves collaboration through many art practices and organizations, seeking to stimulate community engagement with purpose, mission, or cause.

AMFM is a brand for artists and the people. We support emerging and established interdisciplinary artists by offering a platform to showcase their work on a larger scale and to the public through our community engagement, web content, and curated events. AMFM is currently based in Chicago.  



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