About Isis Ferguson

Isis is a member of the 8 year-old Chicago-based women’s art group, Venus Collective. The collective’s mission is to continue the efforts of our feminist foremothers by honoring women’s cultural and creative contributions around the world. Venus fosters leadership, builds community collaborations and provides an inclusive space for women to reflect on our multiple identities. While not an artist but a devoted art lover, Isis positions herself to effect positive creative social change through organizing Venus art events that showcase emerging and established women artists and performers in Chicago. Before joining Venus in 2005, Isis immersed herself in different but equally rewarding feminist endeavors. She has a master’s degree in Gender & Cultural Studies from Simmons College and a bachelor’s degree in and Women’s Studies and Black Studies from Knox College. Other community work includes Leftist Lounge Chicago and Fire This Time Fund, an independent giving circle that supports small-scale creative social change projects initiated by local artists, educators and activists. Professionally Isis has spent her entire career in the youth development field, working in various programs and initiatives for LGBTQ youth, youth of color and youth impacted by adolescent pregnancy. Her most current position is part of the Chicago Public Schools’ Culture of Calm project.