Beginning as a street photographer in 1990s Manhattan, now Jan Arrigo creates color and black and white sequenced portfolios from coastal living, travels and animal portraits, turning them into picture stories that you feel.
 
Recently her work was chosen by National Geographic Senior Photo Editor/Curator Molly Roberts for the “Southern Landscapes” show opening September 1 at the South x Southeast Photo Gallery in Molena, GA and for the Texas Photographic Society’s 31st Annual Members' Only Show curated by Roy Flukinger, Independent Curator Emeritus and former Senior Research Curator of Photography from the University of Texas Harry Ransom Center which opens September 7 in Austin at Artworks Gallery.

Jan Arrigo was born and raised by artist parents in New Orleans. After graduating with a BA from Loyola University, she studied painting at the Art Student’s League, art history as a graduate student at CUNY and photography at the International Center for Photography where she volunteered as a museum docent in New York. A media professional in Manhattan for years, Jan worked in publishing, advertising and writing.

In 2002, a move to join her soon-to-be husband in Louisiana prompted her to revisit art through photography in a new locale. Following Hurricane Katrina she came to live down the street from the lake house that was lost in the storm in Slidell, Louisiana. She began to photograph the unusual scenery nearby which became The Hurricane Quartet. (2005-2017). This began an enduring interest in the landscape.

Jan's work has been shown in exhibitions throughout the United States including Soho Photo in New York, where she curated Surreal New York, Brickworks Gallery in Atlanta, SE Center for Photography, Greenville, South Carolina, the New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery, the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans, and at The St. Tammany Art Association’s Art House Gallery for the 2017 juried Summer Show, (selected by William Fagaly, Curator Emeritus, New Orleans Museum of Art) and member shows. Recent curated group shows include Portraits, as selected by Elizabeth Avedon for sxsephotogallery.com and Tree Talk as selected by Paula Tognarell, the Executive Director of the Griffin Museum of Photography.

Her 2016 solo show: Jan Arrigo: The Corpse is the Wax Museum, Photos from the Musee Conti in conjunction with Photo Nola, was held over to 2017 at The Valiant Theatre.

Her work has been published and praised twice in the popular blog A Photo Editor and has appeared in Country Roads Magazine and The Times-Picayune.

Her writing has been published in The American Art Book, (Phaidon Press),The Encyclopedia of Sculpture (Routledge Press). and in four books about New Orleans including Cemeteries of  New Orleans, A Journey Through the Cities of the Dead, with photography by Laura McElroy.

Jan Arrigo is a member of the New Orleans Photo Alliance, The St. Tammany Art Association, The Texas Photographic Society, The Los Angeles Center of Photography and the American Society of Journalists and Authors.