Jan Arrigo was born and raised in New Orleans to artist parents who were active in a Royal Street co-op gallery. 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 in New York where she volunteered as a museum docent. After graduating with a BA from Loyola University, Jan worked in media in New York: (publishing, Oxford University Press, Phaidon Press; advertising, Euro RSCG and as a freelance writer).

She began as a street photographer in the 1990s, on the prowl for scenery depicting the past.
In 2002, a move to join her soon-to-be husband in Louisiana prompted Jan to revisit art through photography in a new locale. Following Hurricane Katrina she came to live (first in Miami), then down the street from the lake house that was lost (to a tornado) in the storm in Slidell, Louisiana. She began to photograph the unusual scenery in the vicinity which became a long term project entitled The Hurricane Quartet. (2005-2017).

Fueled by a concern with what disappears, Jan creates sequenced portfolios in stories that you feel.

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 Tognarelli for http://griffinmuseum.org/show/tree-talk-on-line-exhibition/ on view until May 5.

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). Jan is the author of four books about New Orleans including Cemeteries of  New Orleans, A Journey Through the Cities of the Dead, with photography by Laura McElroy.

Jan currently resides in Louisiana with her husband and partner in travel adventures.