Biography

Joseph Perrin (1923-2014) was born on December 6, 1923, in Tucker (DeKalb County). After serving in World War II (1941-45), Perrin studied at the Ringling School of Art and the High Museum School of Art before earning a degree in fine arts from the University of Georgia in Athens.  A grant from the Danforth Foundation, allowed the artist to complete his postgraduate education in drawing, painting, and sculpture at the University of California in Los Angeles. Perrin’s work ranged from landscapes to abstract paintings.

In 1950 Perrin began his teaching career as a professor of art at the University of New Hampshire in Durham. In 1953 he moved to Atlanta, where he established the School of Art and Design at Georgia State University, where he remained for the next thirty years. Under Perrin’s leadership, the School of Art and Design flourished.

An active member of the Atlanta art scene, Perrin served as president of the Atlanta Arts Festival and chair of the MARTA Arts Council. He helped plan Underground Atlanta and designed the West Lake MARTA Station. In Addition to the MOCA GA permanent collection, Perrin’s paintings are included in the permanent collections of the Carter Center and High Museum of Art in Atlanta, the Coca-Cola Company, and the Georgia Museum of Art in Athens. Perrin received several awards for his work, including the Governor’s Arts Award in 1974, and he died in 2014 at the age of ninety.

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