070 Artist Edra Soto shares her story and talks about the “Present Standard” exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center.

Edra Soto (b. Puerto Rico, 1971) is a Chicago-based artist, educator, curator, and gallery director. She obtained her Master of Fine Arts degree at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2000, as well as attending Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2000), Beta-Local in Puerto Rico (2011), and the Robert Rauschenberg Residency Program in Captiva, Florida though a 3Arts Fellowship (2013), among others. She recently co-curated  with artist Josue Pellot the exhibition PRESENT STANDARD at the Chicago Cultural Center. With her husband Dan Sullivan, she designed and fabricated THE FRANKLIN, an outdoor project space that they co-direct. THE FRANKLIN has received support from various institutions, including the Propeller Fund. Soto has received a commission from the Chicago Transit Authority, and her GRAFT project will be featured at the Western Avenue stop on the train line to O’Hare Airport. Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, and she is an instructor at the School of the Art institute of Chicago.





Current and Upcoming Projects

Poor and Needy
The Great Poor Farm Experiment IIX
Curated by Lise Haller Baggesen and Yvette Brackman
Poor Farm
August 5-7, 2016

Manual GRAFT
Rapid Pulse
Defibrillator Gallery
June 1-5, 2016

curated by Albert Stabler
Figure One Gallery
May 25 – June 22, 2016

Relocating Techniques
Artist in Residence
April 3 – May 22

LOT 49 Art Auction
The Luminary
March 11, 2016

Curated by Albert Stabler
Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space
April 1 – May 1, 2016

It’s Been A Very Good Year
March 8 – April 17, 2016

Curated by Edra Soto and Josue Pellot
Alberto Aguilar, Candida Alvarez, Luis Miguel Bendaña, Paola Cabal. Juan Angel Chavez, Mariano Chavez, Alejandro Figueredo Díaz-Perera, Dianna Frid, Diana Gabriel, Maria Gaspar, Melissa Leandro, José Lerma, Ivan LOZANO, Jorge Lucero, Victoria Martinez, Harold Mendez, Sofia Moreno, Nora Nieves, Josue Pellot, Maddie Reyna, Luis Romero, Luis Sahagun, Christopher Silva, Edra Soto and Rafael E. Vera. Catalogue essays contributors: Stephanie Cristello, Alison Fraunhar, Kristin Korolowicz, Teresa Silva and JGV.WAR

Chicago Cultural Center
January 30 – April 24, 2016

What is the Message
The Brilliant Influence of Deborah Boardman: a Collective Survey
Curated by Jessica Cochran
Deborah Boardman, Howard Fonda, Jackie Kazarian, Sabina Ott, Diane Christiansen, Ryan Richey, Jin Lee, Jeroen Nelemens, Ellen Rothenberg, Dianna Frid, Laurie Palmer, Paola Cabal, Jackie Kazarian, Wendy Mason, Edra Soto, Barbara Koenan and Dan Sullivan.

Heaven Gallery
January 29 – March 13, 2016

move somethin’: metaphysics of space and time
Curated by William Cordova
Bruce Naumann, Leslie Hewitt, Edra Soto, Yoko Ono, Pattie Chang, Glexis Novoa, John Espinosa, Wayne Hodge, Onajide Shabaka, William Bruce Rose Jr., Charo Oquet and Rashawn Griffin.

Bridge Red Studios
January 24 – March 24, 2016

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