1971 (age 47–48)
|Education||Escuela de Artes Plásticas y Diseño de Puerto Rico [BFA]; School of the Art Institute of Chicago [MFA]|
Edra Soto (born 1971) is a Chicago-based multidisciplinary artist, curator, educator and co-director of the artist-run outdoor project space The Franklin.
Edra Soto was born in Puerto Rico in 1971. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Escuela de Artes Plasticas de Puerto Rico in 1994. After moving to Chicago, she earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2000. She has received a number of awards, including the Efroymson Contemporary Arts Fellowship (2016) and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) Individual Artists Award (2017). She has curated numerous exhibitions, including co-curating Present Standard at the Chicago Cultural Center in 2016. She is a faculty member in the Contemporary Practices Department at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows both nationally and internationally.
In 2012, Soto and her husband Dan Sullivan founded The Franklin, an artist-run project space in the backyard of their home in Garfield Park, featuring installations and site-specific work by Chicago and national artists.
The Franklin Collection of over 200 artworks by local, national and international artists is also at the Garfield Park location.
Soto's ongoing site-specific GRAFT series, begun in 2013, incorporates the geometric designs of iron rejas screens popular throughout Puerto Rico. In 2014, Soto and Dan Sullivan were awarded a public art commission from the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) for the Blue Line Western Station. Their work will be a large-scale installation for the stationhouse exterior.
Selected recent exhibitions
- 2015 DOMINODOMINO, with Dan Sullivan, Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York, NY
- 2017 Manual GRAFT, University Galleries, Illinois State University, Normal IL
- 2017 OPEN 24 HOURS, Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago
- 2017 Traduttore,Traditore, Gallery 400, Chicago
- 2019 Forgotten Forms, Chicago Cultural Center
- 2019 “Cross Currents: Intercambio Cultural”, Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales, Havana, Cuba and Smart Museum, Chicago (forthcoming)
- "Efroymson Family Fund Awards Millionth Dollar to Contemporary Visual Artists". Central Indiana Community Foundation. 2016-11-17. Retrieved 2019-02-23.
- "City of Chicago: Present Standard". www.chicago.gov. Retrieved 2019-02-23.
- "esotof". School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Retrieved 2019-02-23.
- "The Franklin". Temporary Art Review. 2013-10-29. Retrieved 2019-02-15.
- "Meet Edra Soto of The Franklin in East Garfield and Humboldt Park - Voyage Chicago | Chicago City Guide". Retrieved 2019-02-23.
- Soto, Edra. "The Franklin Collection". 3Arts: 3AP – MAKE ART WORK. Retrieved 2019-02-24.
- "Grafting Puerto Rican Architecture onto the Lower East Side". Hyperallergic. 2016-04-27. Retrieved 2019-02-23.
- "Review: Edra Soto/Terrain". Newcity Art. 2013-04-02. Retrieved 2019-02-23.
- "CTA Selects Your New Blue Contractor for Damen, Western and California station renovations". CTA. Retrieved 2019-02-23.
- "Public Art on the CTA". CTA. Retrieved 2019-02-23.
- "Exhibitions - Morgan Lehman Gallery". www.morganlehmangallery.com. Retrieved 2019-02-23.
- "Edra Soto | University Galleries - Illinois State". galleries.illinoisstate.edu. Retrieved 2019-02-23.
- "The Commons Artist Project: Edra Soto: Open 24 Hours". MCA. Retrieved 2019-02-23.
- "Traduttore, Traditore". Gallery 400. Retrieved 2019-02-23.
- "City of Chicago: Forgotten Forms". www.chicago.gov. Retrieved 2019-02-23.