Photography Brown Bag Talk: Rich Rollins

February 19, 2020 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

My Life In, Love of and Learning Through Photography

Photography has been and continues to be my best teacher. From the first time I read Minor White’s concept of and belief in “Photography as a way of knowing,” it struck me as true to my interest in being a picture maker. I wanted to become a stronger perceiver of the world, all worlds, I walked through. Our world is an amazing place and there is nothing I enjoy more than wandering through it with my eyes wide open and attentive to what is revealed to me. As my pictures get better, I figure I must be learning something. My talk will look at a portion of my journey to this point in time.

About Rich Rollins

Rich Rollins became seriously interested in photography in high school. He has a BS in Education from the University of Vermont, during which he spent a semester at Apeiron Workshops In Photography located in Millerton, New York, and later went on to receive an MFA in Photography from Arizona State University. He is married to photographer Barbara Gilson and they have two children, Emma and Anna. He taught photography at Marylhurst University for 28 years, where he was the inaugural recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award. While at Marylhurst, he was on the exhibition committee at Blue Sky Gallery and a participant in the Portland Grid Project. His most recent show was titled Libra at Blue Sky in October 2016.

Every third Wednesday of the month at noon, photography enthusiasts gather at the Museum to hear talks by regional photographers, gallerists, historians, curators, and collectors.

Free to the public.

Sponsored by the Museum’s Photography Council. Major support provided by Pro Photo Supply.


The Portland Art Museum is pleased to offer accommodations to ensure that our programs are accessible and inclusive. All spaces for this program are accessible by wheelchair. Assistive listening devices are also available for lectures. All restrooms have accessible stalls but no power doors. There are single-stall all-gender bathrooms available. Please ask staff for directions.

We will do our best to accommodate your needs when you arrive, however, we need 2-3 weeks advance notice for some specific requests. Please email requests to, or call 503-226-2811.

Rich Rollins, North Cascades
Rich Rollins, North Cascades