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Edra Soto

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Puerto Rico

Birth year

Lives in

Works in


Representing galleries

conceptual, performance, installation, mixed-media, sculpture, site-specific

Upcoming Exhibitions and Events
Oct, 2014 7th Annual Spudnik Press Benefit
Spudnik Press Cooperative
Statement / Bio / CV

Iron screens became ubiquitous in the architecture of post-war Puerto Rico, due both to the security they provide and their ability to allow for ventilation. Spanish decorative elements add visual flair to these functional barriers.

Today, these iron fences are not only viewed as protection, but also as a piece of the island’s visual landscape. The ongoing project Graft alludes to the aesthetic and nostalgic qualities of these iron fences for expatriates by transplanting them, as wooden screens, to public locations in places outside Puerto Rico.

A subtle transformation occurs when removing the fences from their intended use and their specific local tradition. The patterns take on new valences in relation to contemporary art, while directing viewers to reconsider post-colonial visual culture.



Edra Soto (b. Puerto Rico 1971) is a Chicago based artist. She attended The School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she obtained her Masters of Fine Arts in 2OOO. Immediately after, she attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She has exhibited nationally and internationally. Recent presentations include: Gallery 400, the Roger Brown Study Collection, Columbia College Center for Book and Paper Arts, Terrain Exhibitions, Hyde Park Art Center, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago, Galeria Agustina Ferreyra in Puerto Rico and Field Projects in New York City.

Soto and her husband Dan Sullivan design, fabricated and currently run operations of The Franklin, an artist run space located in their home’s backyard in Chicago.  The Franklin was selected one of the Top 5 New Art Galleries on 2012 and 2013 for the Newcity’s Top 5 of Everything. This project has been funded by Northeastern Illinois University, the 3AP program of 3Arts and most recently by The Propeller Fund.

During the spring of 2014, trough a partnership between Alliance of Artists Communities and 3Arts, Soto will be attending the Robert Rauschenberg Residency program in Captiva, Florida. 


E D R A   S O T O

3522 W. Franklin Blvd. Chicago, IL 60624



2000 The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Master of Fine Arts, Chicago, IL

2000 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, SAIC Trustee’s scholarship, ME

1997 The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, Chicago, IL

1995 Alfonso Arana’s Foundation, One-year painting fellowship, Paris, FR                               

1994 Escuela de Artes Plasticas de Puerto Rico, B.F.A., San Juan, PR



2013  The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, Working Artist Program, Chicago, IL

          Jane Addams Hull-House (lecture), Chicago IL

2012  Northeastern Illinois University (exhibition and lecture), Chicago, IL

2011  Columbia College (exhibition and lecture), Chicago, IL

          Beta-Local (lecture and critiques), San Juan, PR

2010  Bowling Green State University (lecture and critiques), Bowling Green, OH

          Ebersmoore, Artist Talk, Chicago Artists Month (exhibition and lecture), Chicago, IL

2009  The Art Institute of Chicago, Artists Connect Series, Chicago, IL

          Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL

          Harold Washington College (lecture and workshop), Chicago, IL

2008  Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, IL

2007  Hyde Park Art Center / WEBZ, Chicago, IL

          Richland College / Lago Vista Gallery  (exhibition and lecture), Dallas, TX

2006  University of Missouri-St,Louis,  Fine Arts Department, St Louise, MO

2005  Museo de Puerto Rico (interviewed by Marisol Nieves), San Juan, PR

2005  University of Illinois at Chicago, Gallery 400, Chicago, IL

2005  Northern Illinois University Museum, Chicago, IL



2014 Rauschenberg Foundation Residency, Visual Artist 3Arts Fellow, Captiva, FL (upcoming)

2013 Joyce Foundation, The Center Program, Hyde Park Art Center, IL

         Community Supported Art (commission), Threewalls, Chicago, IL

         DCASE Individual Artists Program Grant, City of Chicago, IL

         Monsters and Dust, Visual Arts contributor, issue no. 4, National

2012 Propeller Fund (project The Franklin), Chicago, IL

         3Arts Artists Projects (3AP), Chicago, IL

         Northeastern Illinois University Fine Arts Center (materials funding), IL

2011 Ragdale Residency funded by 3Arts, Lake Forest, IL

         Beta-Local, Lecture and residency, San Juan, PR

2008 Illinois Arts Council Grant (special event grant), Chicago, IL

          New American Paintings, Midwest, curated by Raphaela Platow (regional publication)

2004  M&M Proyectos, San Juan, PR (catalogue), San Juan, PR

2000  Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, SAIC Trustee’s scholarship, ME

2001 - 03 Community Arts Assistance Program Grant, Department of Cultural Affairs, IL



2014  Excess of Joy, Seerveld Gallery, Trinity College, Chicago, IL

2013  Graft, Terrain, Chicago, IL

          Wake Up!, Medicine Cabinet, Chicago, IL

2012  24HRS/25DAYS ‘The Wedding Cake Project’, New Capital, Chicago, IL

          LIVING by Example, Northeastern Illinois University Fine Arts Center, Chicago, IL

2010  Homily, Ebersmoore, Chicago, IL

2009  The Chacon-Soto Show, 12 x 12, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL

          Forever Vegetal, Roots and Culture, Chicago, IL

          Lesson Plan, (w/ students from Noble Street) Second Bedroom Projects, Chicago, IL

2008  The Greatest Companions, Rowland Contemporary, Chicago, IL

2007  Familiar Portraits, Lago Vista Gallery, Richland College, Dallas, TX

2005  Rhythm Nation, curated by Marysol Nieves, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR

          A Year in Review (gallery project) and Landfill(public project), UIC Gallery 400, Chicago, IL

   Memorial 2004, Polvo Art Studio, Chicago, IL

2001  Ordinary, Dogmatic Gallery, Chicago, IL



2014  HEAD, Western Exhibitions, Chicago IL

2013  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

          NOW SEE HEAR, Believe Inn, Chicago, IL

          Point of Departure, curated by Amy Zahi, The Arcade, Columbia College, Chicago, IL  

2012 Show#10: Your Face is a Landscape, curated by Sara Reisman & Reina Shinata, Field Projects, NY,NY

         Afterimage, curated by Dahlia Tulet and Thea Nichols, The Roger Brown Study Collection, Chicago, IL

         Afterimageat Center for Book and Paper Arts, Columbia College Chicago, IL

         MDW Fair, The Franklin (owner) and The Peanut Gallery (exhibitor), Mana Contemporary, Chicago, IL

         On Making Things Matter, curated by L. Shaeffer, J. Preus and A. Aguilar, SHoP, Chicago, IL

         A Personal Dinner Invitation w/ 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         

2011 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 magazine, NY,NY

2010 Six Rooms, Longman & Eagle and Harold Arts, Chicago, IL

  Office Romance!, Threewalls, Chicago, IL

2009  Artists Run Chicagowith Second Bedroom Project Space, Hyde Park Art Center, IL

          Church-Exercise-Salad curated by Bert Stabler, Co-Prosperity Sphere, Bridgeport, IL

          FBI, curated by EC Brown, Swimming Pool Project Space, Chicago, IL

          Puerto Rico: Geografia humana, fotografias y video del sigloXXI, curated by J. Lopez Quintero, 

          Art Museum of the Americas and The Smithsonian Latino Center, Washington D.C and Museo de

          Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR

2008  Antena and Gardenfresh, Bridge Art Fair,  Miami Beach, FL

          Chicago Looks curated by Nathan Mason, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL

          Landscapes of Experience and Imagination, curated by Judy Fox, Kannert Art Museum, IL

2007  Site Unseen, curated by Julie Laffin, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL

          Consuming War– Curated by Barbara Koenen, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL

          Latino Impressions, Lubeznik Center for the Arts, Michigan City, IN

          I Heart America & America Hearts me, curated by Sze Lin Pang, Old Gold, Chicago, IL

          Polvo at MFA, Mighty Fine Arts, Dallas, TX

2006  Milwaukee International Art Fair with Polvo, The Polish Falcon, WI

         Cor(H)titos curated by Carmen Oquendo Circa, Puerto Rico & Medianoche Media, NY, NY

         Objetos, Gravamen y Causa Curated by Brenda Torres, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, PR

         War impressions – Zverev Center of Contemporary Art, Moscow, RU

         Nova Art Fair, Chicago Art Project cuarted by Ed Maldonado, Chicago, IL

         Rewind…Rewind…Video –arte puertorriqueno, curated by Elvis Fuentes, ICP, PR

           Lo Romantico, Glass Curtain Gallery, Columbia College, Chicago, IL

         Figuraciones -  Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR

         Video Laundrey, Mess Hall, Chicago, IL

         Six Flags: Polvo Est. 1996, Commerce Street Artist Warehouse, Houston, TX

         A Public Space, Daley Plaza by Paul Druecke, Chicago, IL

2005 Tecnologicas, Columbia College, C33 Space, Chicago, IL

         Exploring the Digital Divide, VUSpace Victoria University, AT

         The Fourth Floor, Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL

         Temporary Allegiances, curated by Phillip von Zweck, UIC Gallery 400, Chicago, IL

         Research, curated by Ed Maldonado, NIU Museum, Chicago, IL

2004 Don’t Call it Performance, curators: Paco Barragan and Deborah Cullen,

  (Including  live presentation on opening night), Museo del Barrio, New York, NY (publication)

         Good and Bad Things Come from Explosions, curators: Heather Hubbs and Lorelei

         Stewart for the 2nd Annual PAC/edge performance festival, The Atheneum Theater, Chicago, IL

         Stray Show w/ Polvo, Thomas Blackman Associates, Chicago, IL 

         Polvo / functionvariable art exchange, Barcelona, ES

2002 Comunity Day, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, NY



2013 Chicago Artists Month,East Garfield Park neighborhood curator, Chicago IL

2012 YO SOLO (visual art portion) Maria Gaspar, Alberto Aguilar, Jorge Lucero,

         Josue Pellot  and  Paola Cabal, Collaboraction, Chicago, IL

         PROJECT 0012, Skowhegan School alumni & residents. Journey’s End Farm, ME

         Design & Art Series #1(concept founder), Dana Carter, Meg Duguid, ED JR.,

         Molly Zuckermand-Hartung, Kirsten Leenaars, Dock 6 Collective, Chicago, IL

2010 Thad Kellstadt, Corinne Halbert and Carmen Price, Ebersmoore, Chicago, IL

2009 Zombie: A Mindless Affair, Antena, Chicago, IL

         The Chacon-Soto Dancers (installation), Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL

2004 The Crappiest Show, Quimby’s Book Store, Chicago, IL

1999 Glam Salon, Student Lounge Gallery, The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, IL



2013 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)

2012 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)

         Weinberg, Lauren, Critics’ Picks #1 for Living by Example, Time Out Chicago (February)

         Ritchie, Abraham, Editor Pick / Living by Example…Flavorpill (February)

         Burke, Stephanie, Top 5 Weekend Picks (2/12-2/19), Bad At Sports (February)

2011 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)

2010 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 Dogs”, Bad At Sports (January)

2009  Wennermark, Erik, Review / Recommended, NewCity (December)

          Foumberg, Jason, 5 shows to see now (list), NewCity (December)

          Gunn, Dan, Forever Vegetal review, ARTslant (December)

          Lee, Nate, Edra Soto: The Chacon-Soto Show, Proximity Magazine (July)

          Dugan, John, Things to do in Chicago, Time Out Chicago (June)

          Marrero, Ivette, The Chacon-Soto Show, (June)

          Hazen, Jen, Soto Examines the Sexual Prowess of Iris Chacon, (June)

          Arriola, Oscar, The Chacon-Soto Show, (June)

2008  Otero, Carlos Antonio, 10 contempo , (December)

          Berlastsky, Noah, Critics’ Choice, Chicago Reader, (November)

          Lund, Karsten, Edra Soto: The Chacon-Soto Show, Flavorpill, (November)

          Seidell, Marla, Portrait of an Artist, New City, Chicago (October)

          Foumberg, Jason, 5 shows to see now (list), NewCity (October)

          Platow, Raphaela, Book #77 Midwest Edition (essay) New American Paintings  (August)

          Weinberg, Lauren, COMAToast (picture) TimeOut Chicago (April)

          Dew, Spencer, “Responses to War: Consuming War…” Chicago Artists News (February)

2007  Cunningham, Matthew, Three to see, WEBZ / Chicago Public Radio (November)

          Stabler, Bert ,“Objective Unclear”, Chicago Reader, (November)

          Weinberg, Lauren - “Die Now and Save!”, Time Out Chicago (December)

          Ferris Emile, Enemy Kitchen / Consuming War interviews, F-Newsmagazine (November)

          Stabler, Bert, All about Prisons, Cats and Babies and…, Chicago Reader (January)

 2005 Fuentes Elvis, Reviews – “Edra Soto at MAPR”, Arte Al Dia, Magazine#111 (August)

          Redaccion Por Dentro “Innovador Espacio en el MAPR” El Nuevo Dia (August)

          Trelles Hernandez, Carmen “En Continuo Movimiento” Primera Hora, (August)

          Hannum, Terence “Edra Soto Documentation 2004: A Year in Review”, Panel-House (January)

          Luo, Jean, “UIC gallery strives to give artists free-range…” The Daily Northwestern (January) 

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