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Edra Soto


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GRAFT, 2018




Born 1971, Puerto Rico
Lives and works in Chicago, IL

Edra Soto is a Chicago-based Puerto Rican interdisciplinary artist, educator, curator, and co-director of the outdoor project space THE FRANKLIN. She is invested in creating and providing visual and educational models propelled by empathy and generosity. Her recent projects are motivated by civic and social actions focus on fostering relationships with a wide range of communities.

Recent venues presenting Soto's work include the Pérez Art Museum Miami (FL), Hunter East Harlem Gallery (NY), UIC Gallery 400 (IL), Bemis Center for Contemporary Art (NE), and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago (IL) amongst others. Soto has attended residency programs at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (ME), Beta-Local (PR), the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Residency (FL), Arts/Industry at the Kohler Foundation (WI), Headlands Center for the Arts (CA) and Project Row Houses (TX) amongst others. In 2017 Soto was awarded the Efroymson Contemporary Arts for installation artists. Her co-curation for the exhibition Present Standard at the Chicago Cultural Center was praised with overwhelmingly positive reviews from the Chicago Tribune, Newcity, PBS The Art Assignment, and Artforum. Soto was recently featured in Newcity's annual Art 50 issue Chicago's Artists' Artists and at VAM Studio 2017 Influencers.

Soto is a lecturer for the Contemporary Practices Department at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she completed her MFA, and she received her BFA from Escuela de Artes Plasticas de Puerto Rico.


Born 1971, Puerto Rico
Lives and works in Chicago, IL


2000    MFA, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
2000    Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, SAIC Trustee's Scholarship, Skowhegan, ME
1997    Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
1995    Alfonso Arana's Foundation, One-year Painting Fellowship, Paris, France
1994    BFA, Escuela de Artes Plasticas de Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR


OPEN 24 HOURS, Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago, Chicago, IL

OPEN 24 HOURS, Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA
OPEN 24 HOURS, The Ski Club, Milwaukee, WI
Screenhouse, curated by Janine Mileaf, The Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago IL
Manual GRAFT, curated by Kendra Paitz, University Galleries, Illinois State University, Normal, IL
GRAFT, curated by Albert Stabler, Sector 2337, Chicago, IL

It's Been A Very Good Year, Waubonsee Community College, Sugar Grove, IL
It's Been A Very Good Year, Outhaus, Champaign, IL
GRAFT, curated by Albert Stabler, Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space, New York, NY

I IN THE SKY, Pedestrian Projects, Harold Washington College, Chicago, IL
Bernard Williams & Edra Soto, Lubeznik Center for the Arts, Michigan City, IN
DOMINODOMINO, with Dan Sullivan, EXPO CHGO, Chicago, IL
DOMINODOMINO, with Dan Sullivan, Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York, NY

Say Everything, Lloyd Dobler Gallery, Chicago IL
Excess of Joy, Seerveld Gallery, Trinity College, Chicago, IL

GRAFT, Terrain, Chicago, IL

24HRS/25DAYS, 'The Wedding Cake Project,' New Capital, Chicago, IL
LIVING by Example, Northeastern Illinois University Fine Arts Center, Chicago, IL

Homily, Ebersmoore, Chicago, IL


ISLA, curated by Jacqueline Milad, Center for the Arts, Towson University, Towson, MD
Out of Easy Reach, curated by Allison Glenn, DePaul Art Museum, Chicago, IL
Corrosive Like Salt Water, curated by Sharmyn Cruz Rivera, Glass Curtain Gallery, Chicago, IL
Cross Currents, Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales, Havana, CU
Cross Currents, Smart Museum, Chicago, IL

Monarchs, curated by Risa Puleo, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, NE
Traduttore, Traditore, curated by Karen Greenwalt and Katja Rivera, Gallery 400, Chicagoo, IL (catalogue)
Infinite Games, organized by John Preus, Open House Contemporary, Chicago, IL
Terrain Biennial, Chicago, IL
Summer on the River, The Floating Museum, Chicago, IL
Spots, Dots, Pips and Tiles, curated by Arden Sherman and Maria Elena Ortiz, Perez Art Museum, Miami, FL
Personals, Skowhegan, New York, NY
Our Rooms Share a Wall, with Dan Hojnacki, Collabo, Chicago, IL
Lyp Sinc 2017, DfbrL8r, Chicago, IL
Mind's I, curated by Anne Harris, Ed Paschke Art Center, Chicago, IL
Beyond Printmaking, curated by Patricia Villalobos, TexasTech University, Lubbock, TX
Ida y vuelta, curated by Laura Bravo, Museo de Historia, Antropologia y Arte de la UPR, San Juan, PR

Spots, Dots, Pips and Tiles, curated by Arden Sherman and Maria Elena Ortiz, Hunter East Harlem Gallery, NY RENBEN 2016, The Renaissance Society, Chicago, IL
Connect, curated by Allison Glenn, Hyde Park, IL
Minimum Requirement, Silent Funny, Chicago, IL
The Arts Club Centennial Celebration (performance), Chicago IL
New Age Now: Art Auction, 2016 Green Lantern Press Fundraiser, Sector 2337, Chicago, IL
The Suffragette Social, Spudnik Press, Chicago, IL
I Am Prepared, curated by Charlotte Street Foundation, La Esquina, Kansas City, KS
The International Printmaking Alliance, Imperial Ancestral Temple Art Museum, Beijing, CN
Great Poor Farm Experiment, curated by Lise Baggesen and Yvette Brackman, Manama, WI
This room is a work made of people, curated by Alberto Aguilar, The Art Institute of Chicago, IL
There was no joy in the brilliance of sunshine, curated by Ruslana Lichtzier, Efrain Lopez Gallery, Chicago, IL
Manual GRAFT, Rapid Pulse International Performance Festival, Defibrillator Gallery, Chicago, IL
White Feelings, curated by Albert Stabler, Figure One Gallery, Champaign, IL

IV Trienal Poli/Graìfica de San Juan, Latinoamerica y el Caribe, San Juan, PR
Know Yourself, The Luminary, St. Louise, MO
Terrain Biennial, Oak Park, IL
SPECTRA, UNO St. Claude, University of New Orleans, LA
Material Normal Monumental, Riverside Arts Center, Riverside, IL
DUCKS SHOW, Minotaur Projects, Los Angeles, CA

HomeComing, National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture, Chicago, IL
Caps for Sale, The Bike Rook, Chicago, IL
DUCKS, Greenpoint Terminal Gallery, New York, NY
Wedding to Unknown, collaboration with Alberto Aguilar, Glass Curtain Gallery, Chicago, IL
Dock 6 Design & Art Series 7 & 8, Chicago, IL
HEAD, Western Exhibitions, Chicago IL
Renaissance re-visited, South Side Community Art Center, Chicago, IL
Living Arrangement, collaboration with Aguilar, Steven Zevitas Gallery, Boston, MA

Home Bodies, collaboration with Alberto Aguilar, Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago, IL
Front & Center, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL
et aliae, curated by Beatriz Santiago, Galeria Agustina Ferreyra, San Juan, PR

Show#10: Your Face is a Landscape, curated by S. Reisman & R. Shinata, Field Projects, New York, NY
Afterimage, curated by Dahlia Tulet and Thea Nichols, The Roger Brown Study Collection, Chicago, IL
Afterimage, Center for Book and Paper Arts, Columbia College Chicago, IL
MDW Fair, The Franklin, Mana Contemporary, Chicago, IL
A Personal Dinner Invitation, with Alberto Aguilar, ShOP / Roots & Culture, Chicago, IL
Blaque Lyte Show, curated by Paul Nudd and Chris Kerr, ADA Gallery, Richmond, VA
Afrolatinos, Museo de Arte de Caguas, PR
Home Knowledge Spectacular, curated by Alberto Aguilar and Jorge Lucero, North Branch, IL
Program Suffer Abstain Deprogram, curated by Albert Stabler, Harold Washington College, Chicago, IL
Dock 6 Design & Art Series #3 & #4, collaboration with Navillus Woodworks, Chicago, IL

Archival Impulse, curated by Lorelei Stewart, Gallery 400 UIC, Chicago, IL
CoLaboratory, curated by Annie Morse, Glass Curtain Gallery, Columbia College Chicago, IL
Heads and Poles, curated by Scott Wolniak and Paul Nudd, Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL
An Exchange with Sol LeWitt, curated by Regine Basha, Cabinet, New York, NY

Six Rooms, Longman & Eagle and Harold Arts, Chicago, IL
Office Romance!, Threewalls, Chicago, IL

Artists Run Chicago, with Second Bedroom Project Space, Hyde Park Art Center, IL
Church-Exercise-Salad, curated by Bert Stabler, Co-Prosperity Sphere, Bridgeport, IL
Puerto Rico: Geografia humana, curated by J. Lopez Quintero, Museum of the Americas and The Smithsonian Latino Center, Washington D.C and Museo de Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR


CTA Public Art commission, Blue Line Western Station, Chicago IL

Cross Currents Artists Exchange, MacArthur International Connections, Havana, CU
Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA
3Arts Make A Wave Grant, Chicago, IL
Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI
2:2:2 Exchange, Project Row Houses, Houston, TX
DCASE Individual Artists Award, Chicago, IL

Efroymson Contemporary Arts Fellowship, Indianapolis, IN
Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant, New York, NY Corner gallery, Chicago, IL

No Coast Editions, Chicago, IL

ArtSlant Prize 2014, Grand Prize winner, Aqua Art Fair, Miami Beach, FL Rauschenberg Foundation Residency, 3Arts Fellow, Captiva, FL
The Perch, Notebook Project, Chicago, IL

Joyce Foundation, The Center Program, Hyde Park Art Center, IL Community Supported Art, Threewalls, Chicago, IL
DCASE Individual Artists Program Grant, City of Chicago, IL

Propeller Fund (project THE FRANKLIN), Chicago, IL
3Arts Artists Projects (3AP), Chicago, IL
Northeastern Illinois University Fine Arts Center, IL

Ragdale Residency funded by 3Arts, Lake Forest, IL
Beta-Local, Lecture and residency, San Juan, PR

New American Paintings, Midwest, curated by Raphaela Platow, National

M&M Proyectos, San Juan, PR


Hawbaker, KT. "...Edra Soto uses glass bottles to resurrect history..." Chicago Tribune (January)
Uner Yilmaz, Pinar. "The Traitorous Translator," Artslant (December)
Hawbaker, KT. "Crossing the Paseo and globe in one show," Chicago Tribune (December)
LVL3, "Artist of the Week," LVL3 Gallery (November)
Teruya, Weston. "Un-Making Interview," Art Practical (November)
"My Chicago," School of the Art Institute of Chicago magazine (Fall)
Foumberg, Jason. "Cut out the middle man," Chicago Magazine (September)
Kogan, Rick. "Do we love Picasso now?," Chicago Tribune (September)
Voon, Claire. "50th Anniversary of Its Picasso Sculpture," Hyperallergic (August)
Shabaka, Onajide. "Dominoes: Bones of Miami," Sugarcane Magazine (July)
Art Viewer, Home Feelings curated by Edra Soto (June)
Bad at Sports, Episode 582: Edra Soto, (March)
O'Farrill, Zorian. "Arte boricua en Chicago," Indice Puerto Rico, PR (March)
Tsapovsky, Flora. "Feature: Reflective Retreat," Pacific Sun (March)
Forst, Morgan. "Artist of the Week: Edra Soto," Chicago Woman Magazine (March)
Luna, Mev. "Edra Soto, artist and co-director of The Franklin," Emerge / SAIC (Fall 2016 / Spring 2017)
Davis, Laura. "Edra Soto & Danny Giles at Sector 2337," Bad at Sports (February)
Chinn, McKenzie. "#INFLUENCERS 2017," VAM Studio (February)

Reichert, Elliot J. "Top Five of Everything 2016," Newcity Art (December)
Lam, Jenny. "What Comes Next," Sixty Inches From Center (November)
Dluzen, Robin. "Report: Chicago," Art Ltd. (November)
Fiore, Brad. "3 Shows," Palliate (October)
Reichert, Elliot J. "Edra Soto's Really Good Year," Newcity Art (September)
Taub, Kelly. "Three Ways to do Expo Chicago," Chicago Reader (September)
McGrath, Carrie. "Check Out Highlights From Chicago's Premier Art Fair," Chicagoist (September)
Lennard, Angee. "Edra Soto at Spudnik Press," Spudnik Press website (September)
Lam, Jenny. "9 art gallery exhibitions to see in September," Time Out Chicago (August)
Yeapanis, Stacia. "Interview," Other Peoples Pixels (July)
Knaur, Rebecca. "Figure One to talk about White Feelings," Smile Politely (June)
Lane, Nicole. "Sangria and Meryl Streep," Third Coast Review (May)
Meier, Allison. "Grafting Puerto Rican Architecture onto the Lower East Side," Hyperallergic (April)
Oliver de la Cruz, Jimena. "Outhaus," Smile Politely (April)
Munro, Tim. "What I'm Doing This Weekend," Chicago Magazine (April)
MacKenzie, Duncan. "Present Standard," Bad At Sports (March)
Arruza, Eddie. "Latino Art Now," WTTW Chicago Tonight (April)
Quiles, Daniel. "Critic's Pick: Present Standard," Artforum (March)
Aguilar, Alberto. "Formative Work Series" (March)
PBS The Art Assignment, Art Trip: Chicago (March)
Gomez, Sergio. Next Level podcast, (March)
Knaur, Rebecca. "It's been a Very Good Year at the Outhaus," Smile Politely (March)
Waxman, Lori. "Good Looking: A survey of contemporary Latino art," Chicago Tribune (March)
Hanna, Noah. "Present Standard," Newcity (February)
Stumeier, Daniel. "Know Yourself at the Luminary," Daily Serving (February)
Urchick, Stephen. "Gripping Art," South Side Weekly (February)
Cruz, Brenda. Un Tsunami a Destiempo (February)
Schmutz, Trevor. "Present Standard preview," Third Coast Review (January)
Potter, Melissa. "I In The Sky,: An Interview with Edra Soto," Gender Assignment (January)
Waxman, Lori. "All Together Now: A new biennial in Elmhurst," Chicago Tribune (January)
Lane, S. Nicole. "In Profile: Edra Soto," Newcity (January)
Foumberg, Jason. "Art & Design," Chicago Magazine (January)

Srivastava, Jyoti. "EXPO 2015: EXPO Projects," Public Art in Chicago (September)
Roscoe Mayo, Amanda. "EXPO Chicago: Projects," SFAQ (September)
Behar, Ionit. "Highlights and Surprises," ARTslant Chicago (September)
Munice, Amy. "EXPO Chicago 2015 Review," Splash Magazines (September)
Foumberg, Jason. "Your Ultimate Guide to EXPO Chicago," Chicago Magazine (September)
Nitkin, Alex. "Everyone Feels Welcome," DNAinfo, (August)
Alamo-Costello, Chester. "Soto & Sullivan, The Franklin," COMP Art&Design (February)
Grabner, Michelle. "Westward Homes," Art in American (January)
Jan, Eytan. "CRIBS," I Heart, Chicago edition (January)

Cristello, Stephanie. "Edra Soto: Selling a Fantasy" (catalogue and online mag.), ArtSlant (December)
Moxley, Alyssa. "Edra Soto / Lloyd Dobler Gallery," Newcity (October)
Bauer, Andrea. "The Franklin, a backyard gallery..." Chicago Reader (September)
McKean, Lise. "Mining the Mother Lode," Bad at Sports (September)
De La Barra, Pablo Leon. "Dispatch: Puerto Rico," Guggenheim blog (September)
Del Valle Hernandez, Sara. "ICP anuncia su cuarta Trienal Poligrafica," Primera Hora (July)
Seierzputowski, Kate. "An Art Wedding Full of Strangers," Hyperallergic, (March)

Salinas-Duda, Nyki. "Ingesting Glory," Proximity Magazine (Winter / November)
Chicago Artists Writers. "The Franklin," Temporary Art Review (October)
Nichols, Thea. "Liberty, Edra Soto's Graft," Bad at Sports (April)
Stabler, Bert. "Graft: Edra Soto / Recommended," NewCity (March)
Ragalie, Steve. "ChiCritics Goes to Oak Park," (March)

Foumberg, Jason. "Chicago: Burn the Pedestal," Sculpture Magazine (October)
Tulett-Gross, Dahlia, Nichols, Thea Liberty w/ Gunn, Dan. (essays) Afterimage (September)
Waxman, Lori. "Home Is Where The Art Is," The Chicago Tribune, (March)
Weinberg, Lauren. "Living by Example review," TimeOut Chicago (March)
Reaves, Kelly. "The Franklin: Not Your Typical Yard Art" (March)
Ritchie, Abraham. "Editor Pick / Living by Example..." Flavorpill (February)

Picard, Caroline. "Hybridity of Thought, An Interview..." Bad At Sports / Art Slant (March)
Ritchie, Abraham. "The Inadvertent Chicago Biennial of 2011," ARTslant (January)
Foumberg, Jason. "Top Five of Everything," Newcity (January)

Otero, Carlos Antonio. "La Chacon de Edra Soto," El Vocero Puerto Rico, (October)
Viera, Lauren. "Collecting for the love of art," The Chicago Tribune (October)
Ise, Claudine. "Four-For-Fall," Art 21 blog, (September)
Stabler, Bert. "Homily at Ebersmoore - Recommended," NewCity (September)
Chicago Art, Puerto Rican Artists Communities (September)
Ise, Claudine. "Heaven, Hell and 'The Jesus of Dog,'" Bad At Sports (January)