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By EDRA SOTO
Edra Soto (b. Puerto Rico 1971) is a Chicago based artist. In 1995 Edra received the Alfonso Arana Fellowship to work in Paris for one year. She obtained an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2OOO. Immediately after, she was awarded the SAIC Trustees Grant to attend Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.
She has exhibited nationally and internationally. Her work has been feature in New American Paintings and The Museum of Cotemporary Art of Chicago. Soto has lectured at El Museo de Puerto Rico and The Art Institute of Chicago among others.
She is currently a participant at the Hyde Park Art Center’s The Center Program, granted by The Joyce Foundation.
Upcoming exhibitions include Now See Hear at Believe Inn and Point of Departure, curated by Amy Zahi at The Arcade, Columbia College Chicago and et aliae, curated by Beatriz Santiago at Galeria Agustina Ferreyra, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Soto and her husband Dan Sullivan design, fabricated and currently run operations of The Franklin, an artist run exhibition space located in their home’s backyard in East Garfield Park, in Chicago. This project has been funded by Northeastern Illinois University, 3Arts Foundation, and a grant from The Propeller Fund.