Jill Mathis is from San Antonio, Texas where she studied photography at the University of Texas in San Antonio and Austin. After living in New York City for five years, four of which were spent as the full-time assistant to Ralph Gibson, she moved to Italy. Jill currently lives in the lake region of Northern Italy with her husband, the sculptor, Valerio Tedeschi. She is now producing an extensive body of work based on etymology.

Her work can be found in various collections including:

:: WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, NYC
:: THE JEWISH MUSEUM, NYC
:: THE INTERNATIONAL CENTER OF PHOTOGRAPHY, NYC
:: THE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART IN SAN DIEGO
:: THE ART MUSEUM IMAGE CONSORTIUM
:: GUILD HALL MUSEUM, SOUTHAMPTON, NY
:: THE BROOKLYN MUSEUM OF ART, NYC
:: THE BIRMINGHAM MUSEUM OF ART
:: THE NORTON MUSEUM OF ART, PALM BEACH, FLORIDA
:: THE BUHL FOUNDATION
:: BROWN UNIVERSITY, RHODE ISLAND
:: BUCKNELL UNIVERSITY, PENNSYLVANIA
:: CARLETON COLLEGE, MINNESOTA
:: COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, NEW YORK CITY
:: GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY, DC
:: OHIO WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY, OHIO
:: OKLAHOMA UNIVERSITY
:: THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND, BALTIMORE COUNTY
:: UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
:: VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY, TENNESSEE
:: WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY, NORTH CAROLINA
:: CENTRO DI RICERCA ED ARCHIVIAZIONE DELLA FOTOGRAFIA, ITALY