March 11 - April 18, 2015

What does peace mean to you? That’s the central question photographer and storyteller John Noltner has been asking people for his social commentary project, A Peace of My Mind.

Founded in 2009, A Peace of My Mind is a multimedia art project that fosters public dialogue about issues related to conflict resolution, civic responsibility, and peace. With engaging portraits and compelling personal stories, nearly 100 diverse subjects describe what peace means to them, how they work toward it in their lives, and some of the obstacles they encounter along the way.

Those profiled include Holocaust survivors and a homeless man, a Somali refugee and a military chaplain, a pottery instructor and an oil company executive. Artists, volunteers, politicians, and business leaders all share their thoughts and inspiring stories in a series that celebrates our common experience and sense of community.

The BCA will host an opening at 7pm on Thursday, March 19 John Noltner will present an artist talk and Rabbi Amy Eilberg will deliver the 2015 Samuel M. Thompson Lecture.

This exhibit is possible through the generous gift of Marjorie Munson Wunder in partnership with the Buchanan Center for the Arts and the Peace, Ethics, and Social Justice Program at Monmouth College.

All programming at the BCA is sponsored in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, a state agency.