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Edra Soto - Luis De Jesus Los Angeles

Edra Soto. Photo by Georgia Hampton.

Puerto Rican born, Edra Soto is an interdisciplinary artist and co-director of the outdoor project space The Franklin. Her recent projects, which are motivated by civic and social actions, prompt viewers to reconsider cross-cultural dynamics, the legacy of colonialism, and personal responsibility. Recent solo/two person exhibitions include Toolbox @ Twenty: The Seldoms, Hyde Park Art Center and Jackman Goldwisser Catwalk Gallery, Chicago, IL; The Myth of Closure/El Mito de Cierre, Cleve Carney Museum of Art, Glen Ellyn, IL;Platform: Edra Soto GRAFT, curated by Ylinka Barotto, Moody Center of the Arts, Rise University, Houston, TX. Notable group exhibitions include, Through The Lattice, Surrey Art Gallery, British Columbia, Canada; No Existe Un Mundo Poshuracan: Puerto Rican Art In The Wake Of Hurricane Maria, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; and We Didn’t Ask Permission, We Just Did It..., Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, St. Louis, MO. Soto’s work resides in collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL: DePaul Art Museum at DePaul University, Chicago, IL; Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR; Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR; The Fidelity Investments Corporate Art Collection, Boston, MA; Google Art Collection, Mountain Valley, CA; The Berezdivin Collection, Espacio 1414, Santurce, PR; and the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, Washington D.C.Soto has attended residency programs at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine; Beta-Local in Puerto Rico; the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Residency in Florida; Headlands Center for the Arts in California; Project Row Houses in Texas; and Art Omi in New York, among others. Soto is the recipient of several awards including the Ree Kaneko Award, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, NE, a 2022 Artist Fellowship Award from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, Chicago, IL, as well as a 2020 Joan Mitchell Foundation Painting and Sculpture Grant, Illinois Arts Council Agency Fellowship in 2019 and 2022, 2019 inaugural Foundwork Artist Prize, and a 2016 Efroymson Contemporary Arts Fellowship, among others. Between 2019-2020 Soto’s work was included in three exhibitions supported by the MacArthur Foundation’s International Connections Fund: Repatriation at Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, Cross Currents at the Smart Museum, and Close to There in Salvador, Brazil. Soto holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree from Escuela de Artes Plásticas y Diseño de Puerto Rico.


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