Edra Soto (b. Puerto Rico) is a Chicago-based 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) among others. Soto was awarded the Efroymson Contemporary Arts Fellowship, the DCASE for Individual Artist Grant from the City of Chicago, and a 2017 3Arts Make A Wave award.
Soto has attended residency programs at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (ME), Beta-Local (PR), the 3Arts/Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Residency (FL), Arts/Industry at the Kohler Art Center (WI), Art OMI (NY), and Ragdale Foundation (IL), among others. This year, her project Open 24 Hours was commissioned by Headlands Center for the Arts (CA) to be presented at their Project Space as part of a residency. Also this year, Project Row Houses (TX) hosted her in residence as part of the 222 Exchange Program in partnership with the Hyde Park Art Center (IL).
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 on Chicago artists and by VAM Studio 2017 Influencers.
Soto is a lecturer for the Contemporary Practices Department at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she holds an MFA. She has a bachelors degree from Escuela de Artes Plastics de Puerto Rico.