PHOEBE GLOECKNER was born in Philadelphia and raised in San Francisco, where she studied painting and pre-medical sciences at San Francisco State University. She received her Master’s Degree in Biomedical Communications (medical illustration) in 1988 from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.

Gloeckner began working as a medical illustrator since 1988. Her clients have included pharmaceutical companies, surgeons, healthcare associations, malpractice attorneys and medical publishing houses. In the capacity of medical artist, she was given free reign to interpret and illustrate J.G. Ballard’s (author of Crash & Empire of the Sun) controversial novel, The Atrocity Exhibition.

Concomitant with her career in medical illustration, Gloeckner developed a reputation in the world of alternative comics. Her work first appeared in underground comic publications when she was in her teens. A critically acclaimed collection of her comics, paintings, and etchings, A Child’s Life and Other Stories, with an introduction by R. Crumb, was published in 1998. Her illustrated novel, The Diary of a Teenage Girl, was released in November 2002.

Described as "troubling," "nauseating," and, occasionally at the same time, "beautiful," her work in this genre was the focus of an exhibition at San Francisco’s Cartoon Art Museum. She has given lectures about her work at colleges and universities all over the country, and has been a guest on radio and television alternative culture programs. She was a special invited guest at the 2000 International ComicCon in San Diego, where she was presented with the Inkpot award for outstanding achievement in the comic arts.

She is now Assistant Professor in the School of Art and Design at The University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.

—Clay Bishop


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(January 2010)