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Edra Soto

Puerto Rican, born 1971

Edra Soto with her installation Open 24 Hours during the Members' and Neighbors' Opening for Open House: Domestic Thresholds by Heather Hart, Edra Soto, and Rodney Taylor at Albright-Knox Northland, January 15, 2020. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

Recent venues presenting Edra Soto’s work include Chicago Cultural Center; Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, Kansas; Pérez Art Museum Miami; and Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. This fall Soto completed the public art commission sculpture titled Screenhouse, for a two-year exhibition at Chicago’s Millennium Park. Soto has attended residency programs at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Beta-Local, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Residency, Headlands Center for the Arts, Project Row Houses, Art Omi, and the John Michael Kohler Arts Center Arts/Industry. Soto was awarded the Efroymson Contemporary Arts Fellowship, an Illinois Arts Council Agency Fellowship, and a 3Arts Foundation residency fellowship to Montalvo Arts Center. Most recently, she was the award winner of the inaugural Foundwork Artist Prize. Soto’s work has been included in three exhibitions supported by the MacArthur Foundation’s International Connections Fund: A Chicago / Puerto Rico exhibition at Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico; a Chicago / Cuba exhibition at the Smart Museum (Illinois) and a Chicago / Brazil exchange to take place in Salvador, Brazil in 2020.

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. She is a Lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.