Frank DiPerna earned an MA in Photography from Goddard College in 1977 and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech in 1970. He is currently the Ruesch Family Professor of Photography and has been teaching at the Corcoran for many years. He started the BFA program in Photography in the 1970s, and served as the department chair. His teaching has recently focused on both introductory and advanced digital photography classes, as well as the senior internship program. He has also taught in the University of Georgia’s study abroad program; was an artist is residence at the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France, Lightwork in Syracuse, NY, and the Vermont Studio Center.
Mr. DiPerna's work has encompassed traditional B&W and color, platinum, and palladium, and in the past few years has evolved into the digital realm. He works intuitively in the direct vision mode with the idea of a personal interpretation of subject matter that is mostly ordinary and familiar. His work is in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Bibliotheque Nationale, The Library of Congress, The Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Corcoran Gallery of Art, The Center for Creative Photography, The Baltimore Museum of Art, Virginia Museum of Fine Art, and others. His work has been reviewed in Art Forum, Art in America, The Washington Post, and many other publications. He is represented by the Kathleen Ewing Gallery.