Frank DiPerna

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Professor of Photography and Photojournalism,
Studio Arts Program
Smith Hall of Art, Room 2A02, 801 22nd St, NW, Washington, DC 20052
[email protected]
Personal Portfolio


Professor DiPerna started the BFA program in Photography at the Corcoran in the 1970s, and served for many years as the department chair. His teaching has recently focused on both introductory and advanced digital photography classes, as well as the senior Professional Practices class. He also teaches a class in Fine Digital Printing in the New Media Photojournalism program. He has 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. He has had numerous solo and group exhibitions.


Current Exhibition

Frank DiPerna will be having a retrospective exhibition in January 2018 at the Kazen Arts Center at American University.



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.

He is represented by the Civilian Art Projects in Washington, D.C.

Work has been reviewed in publications such as:

  • Art Forum
  • Art in America
  • The Washington Post



BS in Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech
MA in Photography, Goddard College