Jill Greenberg was born in Montreal, Canada in 1967. At the age of 2, her family moved to Michigan where Greenberg began her arts education. In 5th grade, while attending Cranbrook’s elementary school, she developed and printed black and white photographs and animated with stop-motion video, as well as drawing, painting and sculpting. Constant extra-curricular courses supplemented her arts education: Kingswood, Birmingham Bloomfield Art Association, and the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit. Before senior year in High School, she enrolled in Rhode Island School of Design’s pre-college program in Illustration 1984. Senior year, she was the recipient of the Traub Scholarship for Art from Andover High School, which afforded her the opportunity to attend Parsons in Paris for Photography the summer before art school.
She earned a BFA with honors, RISD ‘89 Photo with a senior thesis called “The Female Object”; took a class at Brown University, in Semiotics. After graduation, Greenberg moved to New York City. Interned at Pace MacGill, and enrolled in continuing education classes at School of Visual Arts: Studio Art, Contemporary Art History, Photoshop 1.0 in 1991.
Then, after almost-but not quite- getting into the Whitney Program’s Independent Study art program in 1992, she opted to focus primarily on assignment work until 2001, when the “Monkey Portraits*” series began.