Inducted on July 15, 2000
Sonya LaComb is a bilingual artist and historian who is a native Louisianian descended from both Acadians and French Creoles. Her works have been exhibited in both regional and national galleries and are housed in the Ogden Museum of Southern Art and the New Orleans Museum of Art permanent collections. Her work has also been published in “Art in the American South” by Randolph Delehanty (1996).
Sonya received her BFA from the University of Southwestern Louisiana in 1992 and served as costume director for the Theatre Department while at USL. She received her Masters of Science from LSU in 1994. Her thesis was published by the Centre Etudes Acadiennes (Center of Acadian Studies), University of Moncton, New Brunswick in a book entitled “L'ouvrage Collectif des Acadiens” in 2000. She has presented lectures locally, nationally and internationally on topics related to Louisiana and Acadian history as well as cultural preservation.
In addition to being an artist and historian, she is also a textile conservator and museum professional who has worked as a curator with the St. Louis Art Museum and Vermilionville. She also worked as director of the Opelousas Museum of Art and has served as a consultant for various other museums including West Baton Rouge Museum (WBR), Acadian Museum, Louisiana State Museum (LSM), Louisiana Endowment for Humanities (LEH), and the Jean Lafitte museum.
In 1999, she and her architect husband, Henry Albert, purchased, restored and placed the 1830's Brandt House on the local and National Historic Register. The couple’s design build firm, LaComb Antiques, Architecture, and Engineering, has been preserving and building throughout Acadiana and the rest of the state since 1998.
Since 2012, Sonya has served as the property manager for Downtown Lafayette Rentals, her portfolio of historic commercial and residential structures. She is also served as office or member of many organizations, including LAM; Lafayette Preservation Commission (Chair); Preservation Alliance of Lafayette (Treasurer and President); Alliance Francaise du Lafayette (Treasurer and President) ; and the Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation.
Since moving to New Orleans she has been a member of HNOC and PRC.Sonya loves to entertain in the Vieux Carre in grand French style as well as in Lafayette hosting “pauvre bete” feasts (a Cajun version of Babette's Feast) utilizing her culinary skills. Above all, Sonya loves to paint, design and dance.