JANUARY PARKOS ARNALL / www.januaryparkosarnall.com / BIO

January Parkos Arnall is curator, Public Programs at the MCA Chicago where she organizes durational artists’ projects and learning programs for adult audiences. She holds a BFA in fine art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, an MFA in photography with emphasis in art history from Temple University, Philadelphia; and a PhD in cultural studies and museum theory from Claremont Graduate University. From 2013 until 2017, she oversaw public engagement, developed exhibition-related programs, and helped curate exhibitions and residencies at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. At the Hammer she oversaw the exhibition In Real Life: 100 Days of Film and Performance; residencies with language justice collective Antena, and with the artists Jen Kennedy and Liz Linden; and helped to initiate the museum’s Bureau of Feminism.


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

Subject Expertise
Museum Public Practice and Socially-Engaged Art Practices
History of Photography, U.S. & International, 19th & 20th Century
Contemporary Photography
Modern & Contemporary Art History, Art Theory and Criticism
Feminist Visual Theory, Gender Studies
Museum Practices, History & Theory
Cultural Studies / Interdisciplinary Studies / U.S. History
Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced B&W and Color Darkroom Photography
Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced Digital Photography
Hybrid Photography