Born in Puerto Rico, Edra Soto is an interdisciplinary artist, and co-director of the outdoor project space THE FRANKLIN.
Recent venues presenting Soto’s work include Crystal Bridges's The Momentary, Bentonville, AR, Albright-Knox Northland, Buffalo, NY; Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL; Smart Museum, Chicago, IL; Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS; Pérez Art Museum Miami, FL; and Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, IL. This fall Soto completed the public art commission titled Screenhouse for a two-year exhibition at Millennium Park, Chicago, IL. 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.