Edra Soto and Yhelena Hall collaborative exhibition at Chicago Cultural Center

Edra Soto

Forgotten Forms is a collaborative exhibition between members of the Chicago Cultural Alliance, the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture (NMPRAC), and the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art (UIMA), that investigates our relationship with everyday objects in context of neighborhood identity and our responsibility to creating and recreating it.

NMPRAC and UIMA will investigate seemingly everyday objects to reveal a much greater story about neighborhood identity, placemaking, and city life with the exhibition Forgotten Forms. The exhibition will highlight two emerging artists, Edra Soto and Yhelena Hall.


Yhelena Hall was born in Ukraine and studied painting and graphics at the Kharkiv State Art College when she became fascinated by iconography and folk art. In 2003-2007, she had her graphic series exhibited in solo and group shows in galleries of Kyiv, Ukraine. In 2007, Yhelena was awarded Fulbright Scholarship to obtain her MFA degree at the State University of New York at New Paltz. Concentrating in Sculpture, she developed a number of nature-based performances and process-driven sculptures, some of which were exhibited in the Samuel Dorsky Museum in New Paltz and the Ukrainian Institute of America in New York City. After her graduation in 2009, she participated in several art residencies throughout the Eastern Europe. In 2011, she received Rinat Akhmetov’s Foundation Grant to execute her piece focusing on the consumer identity and Ukrainian entertainment industry. Currently, based in Chicago, Yhelena continues working with sculptural media utilizing a broad range of materials with mechanical and electric elements.

Yhelena Hall

Edra Soto was born in Puerto Rico and is a Chicago-based 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 are motivated by civic and social actions focus on fostering relationships with a wide range of communities. Most recently, Soto was awarded the Efroymson Contemporary Arts Fellowship and DCASE for Individual Artist Grant from the City of Chicago. Soto has attended residency programs at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (ME), Beta-Local (PR), and Ragdale Foundation (IL), amongst others. She is a lecturer for the Contemporary Practices Department at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she holds an MFA, and a bachelor’s degree from Escuela de Artes Plásticas de Puerto Rico.

This exhibition is coinciding with In Good Company, a group exhibition presented by The Arts of Life. And Furtive a photography-based exhibition that explores the complexity of memory Curated by Filter Photo.

This exhibition is presented through DCASE’s ArtistSpace in-kind grant program and supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Opening Reception: 2 – 4 pm on Saturday, February 2
On exhibit until April 7 at Chicago Cultural Center, Michigan Avenue Galleries 78 E Washington St Chicago, IL 60602