Mireille Perron

Permanent Faculty

Critical + Creative Studies

Assistant Professor

“Craft's recurring relevance to culture and society, through its confluence with design, industry, art, and new technologies, is integral to its history of ongoing reinvention and mutation. Craft practice, theory, discourse, and history are ways to validate, transform, and better understand our participation in a material world.”



Mireille Perron has been a practicing visual artist, writer, scholar, and educator for more than 30 years. Perron was born in Montréal, Québec. Since 1982, her installations have appeared in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Canada, Europe and the United States.  She is the founder of the Laboratory of Feminist Pataphysics. LFP promotes social experiments that masquerade as artworks/events. Perron has published over eighty essays related to visual arts and craft practice in Canada and abroad. She has participated in several artist residencies, academic conferences as a guest speaker and as chair and co-chair (art and craft history/discourse, cultural studies) and lectured many times about her own artwork (Canada, U.S.A. and Europe.) Perron has also occasionally worked as a guest curator. 

Member of ACAD Faculty since 1990.


MA, Art History, Université de Montréal.

Bachelor of Arts, Université de Montréal.

Diploma, Ceramic Technology, John Abbott College.

Diploma, Fine Arts, Collège du Vieux-Montréal.

Selected Professional Activity:

Camaraderie, as Calgary 2012 Francophone Laureate, a project that lead to permanent installations in 6 francophones schools and Cité des Rocheuses, Calgary, AB, Canada, 2013

The Spiral, [installation Newtown Castle], Burren College of Art, Co. Clare, Ireland, 2011

The Laboratory of Feminists Pataphysics presents Ateliers of the Near Future, Stride Gallery, Calgary, AB, Canada, 2010

Prise de Position/Having a viewpoint, [permanent display], Atelier du Cep, Villenauxe, France, 2009

Medalta Census Project [in situ], Medalta International Artists in Residence, Medicine Hat, AB, Canada, 2006

Selected Publications:

Cummins, Pauline, and Sandra Vida. Between One and Another: Sandra Vida and Pauline Cummins.  [Exhibition Catalogue]. “Between One and Another/ Sweeping Change”. [Essay Mireille Perron] Paris: Le Centre Culturel Irlandais, 2012. n.p. Print.

Perron, Mireille. “Greg Payce and the Material Turn” [ an essay to mark Greg Payce’s Governor General Award in Fine Craft]. Studio: Craft and Design in Canada. Ontario Craft Council. 2012.n.p. Print.

Perron, Mireille. “Social Graces and Other Fables”. RACAR Revue d’Art Canadian Art Review 33: 1-2. Medical Tabulae, Visual Arts and Medical Representation. Ed. Allister Neher and Mireille Perron. (2008): 129-132. Print.

Perron, Mireille. “Social Idealism: 2006 Census: Medalta Ware”. Utopic Impulses: Contemporary Ceramics Practice .Ed. Ruth Chambers, Amy Gogarty and Mireille Perron. Vancouver: Ronsdale P, 2008. 207-212. Print.

Selected Awards:

ACAD Scholarly Research and Creativity Initiative, The Question of Material Labour, M.Perron, ACAD, Grace Nickel, U of M, in partnership with Cahiers métiers d’art ::: Craft Journal 2014

First Calgary Francophone Artist Laureate, 2012

ACAD Sabbatical Research [residency award, Burren College of Art, Ireland], 2011

CAMAC, Centre d’Art Marnay sur Seine Art Centre [residency award], 2011

ACAD Marion Fund for Excellence in Research and Teaching, 2008