Born in Puerto Rico, Edra Soto is an interdisciplinary artist and co-director of the outdoor project space THE FRANKLIN. Her recent projects, which are motivated by civic and social actions, focus on fostering relationships with a wide range of communities.
Soto’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. She has attended residency programs at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (ME), Beta-Local (PR), Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Residency (FL), Headlands Center for the Arts (CA) Project Row Houses (TX) and Art Omi (MY) among others. Soto was awarded the Efroymson Contemporary Arts Fellowship (2017) the Illinois Arts Council Grant (2019) and the inaugural Foundwork Artist Prize (2019), among others. Recently, Soto completed the commissioned public art project ‘Screenhouse’ for a two year exhibition at Chicago’s Millennium Park (IL).
In 2019, Soto’s work was included in three exhibitions supported by the MacArthur Foundation’s International Connections Fund: A Chicago / Puerto Rico exhibition titled ‘Repatriation’ at Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico; a Chicago / Cuba exhibition titled ‘Cross Currents/ Intercambio Cultural’ at the Smart Museum (IL) and a Chicago/Brazil exchange titled ‘Close to There < > Perto de Lá’, to take place in Salvador, Brazil in 2020.
Soto is a lecturer for the Contemporary Practices Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, from which she received an MFA. She holds a BFA degree from Escuela de Artes Plastics de Puerto Rico.