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A Piece of My Mind Exhibition


Wednesday, March 01, 2017 – Thursday, April 6, 2017

Black Hawk Hall, Hawkeye Library, and Waterloo Center for the Arts

 With images and words as his medium, John Noltner has been telling stories for twenty years for national magazines, Fortune 500 companies, and non-profit organizations. His work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, Forbes Magazine, Midwest Living, and the New York Daily News, among other publications.

Throughout his career, John has managed logistics for editorial and commercial clients, both nationally and internationally, having worked on three continents. He carefully arranges details and builds relationships with his clients and subjects, using humor, understanding, and compassion to craft compelling and insightful stories.

A Peace of My Mind is John’s flagship effort, allowing him to use storytelling as a vehicle for bridging social, political, and cultural differences. Since 2009, he has been asking people the simple (or not so simple) question, “What does peace mean to you?” The project combines photographs of diverse subjects and their personal stories exploring the meaning of peace. He has included the voices of Holocaust survivors, homeless individuals, political refugees and others.

Ela Gandhi, granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi, wrote the forward to his first book based on the art project, and says this:

“John Noltner takes us on a unique journey filled with revelations of courage and commitment, resilience and hope. It is a beautiful journey that speaks to our innermost being. It touches us in a way that allows us to see the world from a different perspective. Perhaps it will inspire us to become peacemakers.”

A Peace of My Mind has been presented at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, the Peace and Justice Studies Association, the Sojourners Summit for Change, the Dayton International Peace Museum and has received both regional and national awards.

John is a member of the American Society of Media Photographers, the Peace and Justice Studies Association, and the Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers.

A Peace of My Mind represents John’s belief that art and storytelling have the power to transform our hearts as well as our communities.

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Exhibition Scavenger Hunt

The Exhibition Scavenger Hunt is for Hawkeye Community College students and employees.

  1. Visit Black Hawk Hall 258 or the Library to pick up your copy of the guide.
  2. Visit all three exhibition locations and complete the guide with a signature from each location.
  3. Return the completed guide to Black Hawk Hall 258 to receive a free t-shirt and be entered in a drawing for prizes!


  • Two $50 Amazon Gift Cards
  • Two $25 Starbucks Gift Cards
  • Two Xbox Live Membership Cards  (12 months each)
  • Four Kindle Fire 8", 16 GB Tablets


  1. arts and culture
  2. community events
  3. diversity and inclusion
  4. faculty and staff
  5. student activities
  6. students
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