JANUARY PARKOS ARNALL / www.januaryparkosarnall.com / CV
Interdisciplinary scholar; expert in photographic practice, theory and history, and grounded in modern and contemporary art movements in the United States.
Comprehensive education including BFA in fine art, MFA in photography and art history, PhD in cultural studies and museum studies.
Effective communicator and educator, fluent in the language of artist, patron, and curator.
PhD Cultural & Museum Studies Claremont Graduate University 2009
- Qualifying exams: History of Photography, 19th-Century U.S. History, Feminist Visual Theory
- Selected by faculty to act as sole representative of cultural studies student body on search committee
MFA Photography, Art History Temple University, Tyler School of Art 2004
- Fellowship awarded: Seminar in Art & Culture, Temple University, Rome, IT
- Multiple merit-based TA-ships awarded to teach photography and photo history
BFA Fine Art School of the Art Institute of Chicago 1999
- Selected to pursue photography concentration, Spéos Paris Photographic Institute, Paris, FR, ’98-‘99
- National Merit Scholar, 1996
Production Coordinator, Curatorial Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA Fall 2012
- Coordinated film production for Artist in Residence, Dara Friedman.
- Acted as liaison between the artist, Hammer Museum curators and staff, Gavin Brown’s Enterprise (Dara’s New York gallery), and contributors to the project.
- Handled all financial, budgetary, and contractual aspects of the filming such as union consent, artistic and liability releases, and payroll
Board Member Inglewood Cultural Arts, Inglewood, CA Spring 2012-Current
- Participated in program development, budget management, and supervision of staff including implementing a new web presence and social media campaign to be launched in the Spring of 2013.
Curatorial Intern Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA 2011-2012
- Worked under lead curator on the Venice Beach Biennial, part of the museum’s “Made in LA” Biennial.
- Managed multiple projects, secured locations for Burton Machen, Finishing School, and Eamon Ore-Giron, and Drew Heitzler.
- Garnered local support, and acted as liaison between the curator, artists, and the community.
- Secured in-kind donations from Venice establishments that allowed the museum to offer VIP perks to artists and high-level donors.
- Contributed to social media presence on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, guided patrons in attendance.
Curatorial Assistant Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA 2011-2012
- Coordinated exhibition development for “In Their Own Words,” an oral history initiative including Karl Benjamin, John Frame, Roland Reiss, Mowry Baden, Michael Brewster, Connie Zehr, and Ted Kerzie.
- Photographed artists in their studios, performed research, and transcribed interviews; coordinated with artists, edited didactic texts; developed programming for the exhibition.
Museum Education Ambassador MOCA, Los Angeles, CA 2011-Current
- Facilitated museum tours of permanent collection and special exhibitions for school groups, interacting with teachers, students, and museum educators.
Curatorial Intern Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA 2007
- Worked directly under Deputy Director. Organized critical material; wrote and edited text for exhibition catalogues including “Semina Culture” and “Dark Places.”
- Coordinated with artists, curators, staff, and volunteers to facilitate exhibitions and events. Interfaced with patrons and the public as a museum representative during exhibitions and lecture series.
Co-Founder and Director Oculus Photographic Arts Group, Philadelphia, PA 2002-04
- Conceived, organized and curated an invitational traveling exhibition for graduate-student artists nationwide.
- Published a Photo Folio that garnered national recognition and was presented at Society of Photographic Education conferences.
- Crafted statements of intention and mission, created association and bylaws, established the organization’s message and voice.
- Secured private and institutional funding as well as non-profit fiscal sponsorship in lieu of 501(c)3 status.
Director, Board Member Alga Plastics Co., Cranston, RI 1999-2007
- Participated in operational oversight and fiscal review for family-owned manufacturing company.
Instructor, Photography Temple University, Elkins Park, PA 2002-2004
- Instructor of Record for “Introduction to B & W Darkroom.”
- Teaching Assistant for “Photo Process Workshop,” “Black & White Darkroom,” “Intermediate & Advanced Digital Photography,” and “Advanced Darkroom Photography.”
- Specialized in lectures and slide presentations on the History of Photography and Photographic Theory.
- Performed demonstrations and coordinated visits to Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Photography Archives.
Multiple articles and reviews covering art theory and events in Los Angeles, www.LA-Art-Theory.com, 2010-current
“Adventures into Camera-Land: Women, Image-making and the Social Environment of Chicago Camera Clubs at the Turn of the Century,” Dissertation, Claremont Graduate University, 2009.
“Feminist Art Workers: Immediacy of Viewership and Issues of Documentation.” Frontispiece essay in Feminist Art Workers: A History, (Vol. 1), February 2012.
“Mirroring a White City: Venue and Viewership in the Woman’s Building of the Columbian World’s Fair,” Paper presentation at PCA/ACA Annual Conference, San Francisco, 2008.
Paper presented in early form under the same title at the Enkidu Conference, Mexico City, MX, 2006.
“Meaning in the Museum: Space, Context, and Viewership in Los Angeles Institutions,” Cultural Ethnography Conference, Claremont Graduate University, 2004.
Introduction and Establishing Essay, Oculus Photo Folio, Philadelphia, PA, 2004.
- Spoken ability in English and Spanish. Reading fluency in English, Spanish, and French.
- Handling of fine art media, especially works on paper and photography.
- Computer skills on Windows and Mac platforms, Microsoft Office Suite, Quickbooks
- Graphic software, development, and social media programs including Photoshop, Indesign, WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, and some html.
- Expertise in digital and darkroom photography, alternative processes, and mixed media.
College Art Association / American Historical Association / International Visual Studies Association / American Studies Association / Society for Photographic Education / Independent Curators International
Beginnings: Stories & Starting Points / Black Cloud Gallery / Chicago, IL
Group Show / The Icebox / Philadelphia, PA
Pantreia / Temple Gallery / Philadelphia, PA
Oculus Exhibition / Syracuse, NY
Oculus Exhibition / Albuquerque, NM
Image Exchange / University of Delaware / Newark, DE
Oculus Exhibition / Temple Gallery / Philadelphia, PA
Tyler Group Show / Eagles Stadium / Philadelphia, PA
Group Show / Penrose Gallery / Elkins Park, PA
Small Works / Tyler Gallery / Elkins Park, PA
Group Show / Speos Gallery / Paris, FR
Chicago Architecture / 1926 Gallery / Chicago, IL
Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced B&W and Color Darkroom Photography
Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced Digital Photography
History of Photography, U.S. & International, 19th & 20th Century
Modern & Contemporary Art History, Art Theory and Criticism
Feminist Visual Theory, Gender Studies
Museum Practices, History & Theory
Cultural Studies / Interdisciplinary Studies / U.S. History