About JPA

JANUARY PARKOS ARNALL / www.januaryparkosarnall.com / CV

Experienced interdisciplinary curator and scholar with an art history background and experience organizing mission-focused exhibitions and social practice projects to engage diverse audiences.

Relevant Experience


Curatorial Assistant, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA                                                    

  • Curatorial oversight for exhibitions, engagement-focused projects, and residencies with The Industry, The Institute for Art and Olfaction, Claire Chase, KCHUNG Radio, Ari Bhod, Libros Schmibros, Pedro Reyes, Lauren Bon, James Kidd Studio, Kelly Nipper, and Nathaniel Mellors.
  • Forge strong relationships with colleagues from all areas of the museum leading to greater communication and program support. Help develop communication plans, design collateral, academic programs, security and visitor experience, and advancement opportunities for Public Engagement projects and exhibitions.
  • Initiate relationships with UCLA, local scholars, and artists to create programs around works on view.
  • Oversee Public Engagement department budget and project budgets ranging from scant to over $50,000.
  • Manage staffing, hire and supervise departmental interns.
  • Develop exhibition-related conversations and lectures. Lecture and write about art works on display and in the collection from a curatorial and art historical perspective for general museum audiences.


Board Member, Inglewood Cultural Arts, Inglewood, CA (2012-current)               

  • Participated in program development, budget management, and supervision of staff including implementing a new web presence and social media campaign. Planned community-wide events from brief artist or scholar talks to African diaspora music festival.

Professor of Record, History of Photography, Art Institute of Pittsburgh Online Division

  • Taught five-week online platform courses in art history and history of photography to undergraduate division adult learners.

Museum Education Ambassador, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA              

  • Facilitate museum tours for school groups; interact with teachers, students, and museum educators.


Curatorial Production Coordinator, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA                                                     

  • Coordinated film production for Artist in Residence, Dara Friedman; handled all financial, budgetary, and contractual aspects of filming such as union consent, artistic and liability releases, and payroll.
  • Acted as liaison between the artist and museum staff, the curator, the gallery, and contributors.

Curatorial Intern, Community Liaison, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA                              

  • Managed multiple projects, secured locations for Burton Machen, Finishing School, and Eamon Ore-Giron.
  • Garnered local support, and acted as liaison between the curator, artists, and the community. Secured in-kind support and donations from local Venice Beach establishments.
  • Contributed to social media presence for Venice Beach Biennial on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter

Curatorial Research Associate, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA                  

  • 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.


Time off following conferral of doctorate to attend to family matters, pursue creative practice.


Curatorial Intern, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA              

  • Organized critical material, wrote and edited text for exhibition catalogues
  • Coordinated with artists, curators, staff, and volunteers to facilitate exhibitions and events.
  • Helped with visitor support, engaging patrons and the public as a museum representative.


Completed coursework for doctoral degree, participated in community organizing.

Director, Board Member, Alga Plastics Co., Cranston, RI

  • Participated in operational oversight and fiscal review for manufacturing company.


Co-Founder, Director, Oculus Photographic Arts Group, Philadelphia, PA

  • Conceived and organized invitational traveling exhibition for graduate-student artists nationwide, along with a published Photo Folio that garnered recognition.
  • Presented the project and acted as project representative at Society of Photographic Education [SPE] national.
  • Crafted statements of intention and mission, created association and bylaws, established the organization’s message and voice and secured funding of over $10,000 from multiple sources as well as non-profit fiscal sponsorship in lieu of 501(c)3 status


PhD | 2009       Cultural Studies | Museum Studies, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA

Qualifying exams: History of Photography, Feminist Visual Theory, 19th & 20th century U.S. History

MFA | 2004       Photography | Art History, Temple University, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA

Rome Art and Culture Fellowship Recipient

BFA | 1999        Fine Art, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Skills, Activities, and Associations

Writer and editor at www.LA-Art-Theory.com; articles covering local art and theoretical trends.

Translation ability in Spanish and French. Conversational Spanish.

Technical Proficiency: Windows and Mac platforms, The Museum System (TMS), NetX, graphic software (Photoshop, InDesign) and social media programs including WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr.

Professional Associations: Association of Art Museum Curators, Independent Curators International, College Art Association, American Studies Association, Society for Photographic Education

Subject Expertise

Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced B&W and Color Darkroom Photography
Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced Digital Photography
Hybrid 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