It's now more important than ever to ensure diversity in and access to the visual arts.
- access to arts education
- professional development for artists
- bringing national attention to Chicago's artists
In 2015, Hyde Park Art Center and Houston's Project Row Houses launch a first-time collaboration titled the 2:2:2 Exchange, which features an interchange between two artists, one based in Houston, TX, and one based in Chicago, IL. Collaborating again in 2017, Chicago based artist Edra Soto will be in residency at Project Row Houses from February - April in 2017 and Houston based artist Gabriel Martinez will participate in the Jackman Goldwasser Residency at the Art Center from July - August 2017.
This collaboration features two artists, two organizations and two cities. It exposes artists already working with socially engaged, site-specific practices to new communities with the goal of expanding their artistic practice in the context of a city new to them. Similarly sized, both Houston and Chicago provide a dynamic urban space, rich with artistic engagement. Through this residency exchange, Project Row Houses and Hyde Park Art Center aim to provide an opportunity for artists to research localized ways of thinking and creating in a different city to enhance their practices at home.
Edra Soto 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, Beta-Local in Puerto Rico, and most recently the Robert Rauschenberg Residency Program in Captiva, Florida though a 3Arts Fellowship. Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally.
Some of her latest presentations include: The Elmhurst Art Museum Biennial, The 4th Poly/Graphic Triennial of San Juan and the Caribbean, Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space in New York and the co-curation of the exhibition Present Standard, at the Chicago Cultural Center with overwhelmingly positive reviews from the Chicago Tribune, Newcity and Artforum. She was recently featured in Newcity’s annual Art 50 issue, Chicago’s Artists’ Artists.
With her husband Dan Sullivan, she designed and fabricated THE FRANKLIN, an outdoor project space that they co-direct. This project has been supported by the 3Arts Foundation, Northeastern Illinois University and the Propeller Fund. Soto and Sullivan 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. Upcoming presentations include a domino traveling exhibition at the Hunter East Harlem Gallery in New York and the Pérez Art Museum Miami, solo exhibition at Sector 2337 in Chicago and an outdoor sculpture commissioned by The Arts Club of Chicago.
Gabriel Martinez is an artist, writer, and performer based in Houston, TX. His work interrogates the spatial politics of the city through its history, nomenclature, and the environmental impact of its industries. Martinez explores different models of collaboration across a network of ongoing projects.
He is the author of Soledad, Maybe tomorrow, A Student’s Guide to Stealing, and Badlands. Martinez’ work has been exhibited in Havana, Milan, Houston, and New York. He was the recipient of the Elizabeth Long prize in 2012 and The Idea Fund grant in 2014. Alabama Song, the experimental performance space/collective he founded in 2012, earned a Rauschenberg SEED award in 2016. In March Alabama Song will program performances at the Menil’s Byzantine Chapel and publish the inaugural issue of the experimental journal paratext.
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