Edra Soto & Westinghouse College Prep

Project Overview

The work, titled ‘Present’, is a collection of drawings that memorializes my brief conversations with art students from Lisa Pennell’s art class at George Westinghouse College Prep. Having worked as a high school teacher for 10 years; living steps away from this College Prep and my perpetual interest in connecting with diverse communities lead me to finally engage with this group of students.  

Our conversations were more about my curiosity to get to know them, where they came form, and how they felt about East Garfield Park, our neighborhood.

The ‘Present’ collection is based on an archival project I created 15 years ago titled ‘A Year in Review’. This project consisted on the documentation of the year 2004 by sourcing photographs published in the Chicago Sun Times. The photographs are traced to a piece of soft metal resembling a contemporary version of a Mexican milagro. Traditional milagros are small charms used  as a votive offerings or for healing purposes. The powerful significance attached to these soft pieces of pushed metal prompted me to respond in a contemporary context, enduring their sincere sentimental value.

 

Meet the Artist

Edra Soto

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Edra Soto (b. Puerto Rico) is an interdisciplinary artist, educator, curator, and co-director of the outdoor project space THE FRANKLIN. She is invested in creating and providing visual and educational models propelled by empathy and generosity. Her recent projects, which are motivated by civic and social actions, focus on fostering relationships with a wide range of communities. Soto holds an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a bachelors degree from Escuela de Artes Plastics de Puerto Rico. She teaches Introduction to Social Engagement at University of Illinois in Chicago and is a Lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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Edra Soto (b. Puerto Rico) is an interdisciplinary artist, educator, curator, and co-director of the outdoor project space THE FRANKLIN. She is invested in creating and providing visual and educational models propelled by empathy and generosity. Her recent projects, which are motivated by civic and social actions, focus on fostering relationships with a wide range of communities. Soto holds an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a bachelors degree from Escuela de Artes Plastics de Puerto Rico. She teaches Introduction to Social Engagement at University of Illinois in Chicago and is a Lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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Portrait by Abbi Chase

Sandra Steinbrecher & Alain Locke Charter Academy

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Meet the Artist

Sandra Steinbrecher

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Sandra Steinbrecher is a Chicago photographer focused mainly on documentary projects.  Recently, she photographed the art and artists of the Wabash Arts Corridor and the Burnham Wildlife Corridor, two public art initiatives in Chicago. Over the last several years, she created photo diaries documenting life at Harper, Fenger and Marshall High Schools. From 2011-2014, Sandra collaborated with Ron Gordon to make the silver gelatin prints from original negatives for national and international exhibitions of Vivian Maier’s images from the Goldstein Collection. Sandra’s photos of the Wabash Arts Corridor murals were recently featured in an exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center and are currently at Columbia College Chicago.  She has exhibited her education project images at the University of Illinois, Grinnell College and Luther College and with the Chicago Photography Collective.  Her images appeared in the 2014 CNN national docuseries, Chicagoland, on WTTW’s Chicago Tonight program, in Rolling Stone Brasil, in the Economist, on ebony.com and other publications.

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Sandra Steinbrecher is a Chicago photographer focused mainly on documentary projects.  Recently, she photographed the art and artists of the Wabash Arts Corridor and the Burnham Wildlife Corridor, two public art initiatives in Chicago. Over the last several years, she created photo diaries documenting life at Harper, Fenger and Marshall High Schools. From 2011-2014, Sandra collaborated with Ron Gordon to make the silver gelatin prints from original negatives for national and international exhibitions of Vivian Maier’s images from the Goldstein Collection. Sandra’s photos of the Wabash Arts Corridor murals were recently featured in an exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center and are currently at Columbia College Chicago.  She has exhibited her education project images at the University of Illinois, Grinnell College and Luther College and with the Chicago Photography Collective.  Her images appeared in the 2014 CNN national docuseries, Chicagoland, on WTTW’s Chicago Tonight program, in Rolling Stone Brasil, in the Economist, on ebony.com and other publications.

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Portrait by Devina Yoestong

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