Frank DiPerna is currently the Ruesch Family Professor of Photography at the Corcoran College of Art and Design where he has been teaching since 1972.
Since the founding of the gallery, Civilian has worked with photographers taught and trained as students by DiPerna over his forty year career as a photographer and professor. His work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions. He is also represented in many collections including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Smithsonian Museum of American Art, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Bibliotheque Nationale, The Center for Creative Photography, Library of Congress and The Virginia Museum among others. He has had several residencies including the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France, Lightwork in Syracuse, NY, The Pittman Study Away Program in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and the Vermont Studio Center. He studied photography at the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, NY with Nathan Lyons, Ralph Gibson and Syl Labrot. He also studied with Gary Winogrand. He has an MA degree in photography from Goddard College and Bachelor's degree in engineering from Virginia Tech.