Edra Soto: It’s Been a Very Good Year

July 7 – October 23, 2016
Dickson Window Art Project Space
It’s Been a Very Good Year by Edra Soto, 2016, acrylic paint and adhesive on archival paper, dimensions variable 

Edra Soto's Project Statement:
It’s Been a Very Good Year uses decorative iron vine fencing as a symbol for cultivating civility. Artist, Edra Soto alludes to the popular decorative iron vines that are used as a means to provide an organic feel to architectural structures. She implements this strategy by using simple clip art sources and decorative applications in order to recreate representations of the iron vines. The installation, It’s Been a Very Good Year, points to the concepts associated with vines, i.e. interconnection, opportunity, fertility, continuation, eternity and diversity. Metaphorically Soto emphasizes the way vines leave a trail, and promise celebrations.

Edra Soto (b. Puerto Rico, 1971) is a Chicago-based artist, educator, curator, and gallery director. Her education includes a Master of Fine Arts degree from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2000), the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2000), the Beta-Local in Puerto Rico (2011), and the Robert Rauschenberg Residency Program in Captiva, Florida though a 3Arts Fellowship (2013). Soto’s work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. Currently Soto is a Lecturer at the School of the Art institute of Chicago and co-director of THE FRANKLIN.

THE FRANKLIN is an outdoor project space that Soto and her husband Dan Sullivan designed, fabricated, and direct together. THE FRANKLIN has received support from various institutions, including the Propeller Fund. Recently Soto, and artist Josue Pellot, co-curated the exhibition PRESENT STANDARD at the Chicago Cultural Center. Soto’s GRAFT project will be featured at the Western Avenue stop on the blue line ‘El’ train, that transports passengers to the O'Hare Airport. This project will be produced thanks to the support of a commission from the Chicago Transit Authority.

Lecture: September 28, 2016
in Von Ohlen Hall, room 201, Sugar Grove Campus
All our lectures are free and open to the general public.

Workshop: September 28, 2016
in Von Ohlen Hall, room 201, Sugar Grove Campus
Our workshops are open to all current WCC students (registration required).

For more information about the art exhibitions at Waubonsee Community College, contact Cecilia Vargas, Art Coordinator, at (630) 466-7900, ext. 2964.


Art Department:

Art Coordinator:
Cecilia Vargas, Von Ohlen Hall 209
(630) 466-7900 ext. 2964

Art Lab Assistant:
Esther Espino, Von Ohlen Hall 240
(630) 466-7900 ext. 5742