Warren et Mary Perrin

Warren A. Perrin has a Juris Doctorate degree from Louisiana State University School of Law, and is an attorney with the firm of Perrin, Landry, deLaunay, Dartez and Ouellet.  From 1994 to 2010, he was president of CODOFIL (the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana) and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He was a member of the board of directors of the Congrès Mondial Acadien - Louisiane 1999, president of the Lt. Governor's Task Force of FrancoFête 1999, and the founder of the Acadian Museum of Erath, Louisiana. In 1999, French President Jacques Chirac bestowed on him the French National Order of Merit Award and theUniversité Sainte-Anne in Canada awarded him an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree. He is the author of six books dealing with the French culture, including Acadian Redemption (2004), the first biography of an Acadian exile that also tells how he obtained a successful resolution of his Petition for an apology from the Queen of England for the Acadian deportation. The Queen’s Royal Proclamation was signed on December 9, 2003. The book was translated into French as Une Saga Acadienne (2005). He represented Louisiana and the United States at the World Francophone Summits in Hanoi, Vietnam, Moncton, New Brunswick; Bucharest, Romania; Québec City, Québec; and Montreux, Switzerland. In 2007, he was inducted into the Louisiana Justice Hall of Fame and in 2012, he was named chairman of the Francophone Section of the Louisiana State Bar Association.

Mary Perrin is a visual artist who works in mixed media such as collage, photomontage, painting, artist books, and performance art.  She earned a BFA from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and an MFA in visual art from Vermont College of Fine Arts.  She has worked in several major collections such as the National Museum for Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the New Orleans Museum of Art, and the Louisiana State Museum.  She counts the traditions, life style, and music of her south Louisiana Cajun culture, as well as the storms that have ravaged her home state of Louisiana, as major influences in her work.  Perrin currently resides in Lafayette, Louisiana.  Pictured in the Lafayette home of the Perrins on July 12, 2013 is Mary Perrin (center) with some of her grandchildren (front) Louis Perrin and Nicolene Perrin and (back) Lily Ouellet and Henry Perrin.