30 photographs from the Greater Metro Area and 30 from Heart, Afghanistan were selected for printing based on artistry, image quality, and how well the images paired with each other.  The  photographers from the USA selected for printing include:

Ashley Bales
Nicole Bednar
Dana Damewood
Danielle Hane
Alaina Hickman
Taura Horn
Kala Howard
Jess Lightner
Charmaine Masters
Monica Maxwell
Kat Moser
Erika Pritchard
Sharon Robino-West
Chelsea Sorensen
Julie Verebely

All submitted works, including those not printed, will be displayed in a rolling digital display. All photographers that submitted photos may proudly claim to have participated in this international exhibition.

On behalf of Council Bluffs, Iowa and Herat, Afghanistan Sister Cities in partnership with New Century Art Guild, Karadah Project International, and Veterans for American Ideals, we thank you for participating in My Sister’s Smile — an exhibition of photography celebrating International Women’s Day.


The exhibit will be displayed simultaneously at the Iowa Western Community College Arts Center, UNO’s Milo Bail Student Center and in Herat, Afghanistan. The exhibit will remain on view at IWCC from March 8 to April 8, 2017. The exhibition will be mirrored at UNO during CASA Week, March 13-18, 2017.

Please join us for an opening reception of My Sister’s Smile, 6:00 – 9:00pm, Wed. March 8, 2017 at Iowa Western Community College’s Arts Center, 2700 College Road, Council Bluffs, IA

A Screening and Panel Discussion of the documentary Salam Neighbor begins at 7pm.

At the conclusion of the exhibition, all printed images will be donated and permanently archived in the Library of the City of Council Bluffs, IA, and/or the Center for Afghan Studies at UNO, Omaha, NE.