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‘Peace of my mind’ exhibit now open at Upstate through Jan. 31

Peace of mind at the library

A Peace of Mind, a multimedia arts project built around the question “What does peace mean to you?” is on exhibit at the Health Sciences Library at SUNY Upstate Medical University through Jan. 31. The library is located on the first floor of Weiskotten Hall, 766 Irving Ave. Syracuse.

Exhibit hours for the public are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The exhibit, produced by photographer John Noltner, features more than 30 6-foot panels highlighting portraits and personal stories of ordinary people from across the country. 

Noltner is an award-winning photographer from Minnesota, who began the project 10 years ago in an “effort to rediscover humanity in an increasingly polarized world.”

Chuck Simpson, MBA, Upstate’s director of campus activities, said bringing the exhibit to Upstate is a way of building community and celebrating diversity. “On college campuses today, we find so many people who focus on the differences between us,” he said. “With this exhibit, we want to celebrate the uniqueness of each individual and how that uniqueness creates a better community for all.”

While on campus, Noltner will create an audio/visual presentation called “Upstate Stories.” He will interview and photograph students and faculty members and present his “Upstate Stories” work Thursday, Jan. 31 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on the Fourth Floor of the Academic Building. A dinner buffet will be held at 5 p.m.

Bringing the exhibit to Upstate was made possible by funding from the State University of New York Explorations in Diversity and Academic Excellence Grant and various campus groups, including the Campus Activities Governing Board, Upstate Student Government and the Health Sciences Library.