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For more than four decades, Photography at Oregon has brought photography exhibitions and lectures to the University of Oregon, Eugene, and Lane County, Oregon.
Professor Bernie Freemesser and his students established the Photography at Oregon Gallery at the University of Oregon Art Museum in 1966. PAOG was the first photography gallery at a public institution on the West Coast.
Photographer/attorney Gerald Robinson of Portland donated lighting and construction materials to transform a large broom closet on the museum's ground floor into an intimate gallery space. Shows were chosen and hung by a committee of students, faculty, and alumni.
PAOG's monthly exhibits built a devoted following for a quarter of a century. When the museum administration eliminated the gallery space in favor of a gift shop in 1992, PAO continued to promote fine-art photography in other local venues.
With the opening of the newly remodeled, enlarged, and renamed Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon in January, 2005, PAO was invited back and once again had a display space.
In 2009, a new museum administration eliminated the PAO gallery space and programs.
2009-2012 PAO exhibits have been hosted by the Emerald Art Center in Springfield.
UO alumna and Lane Community College photography instructor Susie Morrill has chaired the PAO Committee for 25 years.