Posting Date: January 25, 2010
Kennesaw State opens “PostSecret” art exhibition
More than 400 postcards feature soulful secrets
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Postcard from "PostSecret"
Courtesy of Frank Warren
KENNESAW, Ga.—The Kennesaw State University Art Museum and Galleries will present “PostSecret” from Feb. 4-March 27 in The Art Gallery in the Sturgis Library. The free exhibition will feature more than 400 artfully decorated and highly personal postcards from anonymous submissions. The exhibition will begin with an opening reception on Feb. 4 from 5-8 p.m.
Frank Warren, founder of the “PostSecret” art project, first encountered the idea during a trip to Paris in December 2003. While in Paris, Warren purchased three postcards from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s “The Little Prince.” A dream involving the postcards inspired Warren to launch a community mail art project in November 2004 in the Washington, D.C. area. Warren handed out postcards that invited strangers to submit secrets with only two requirements: The secret had to be true and it had to be something that had never been told to another person.
Warren’s community art project quickly expanded to an international level. Currently, Warren has received more than 350,000 beautifully illustrated postcards that reveal powerful and poignant secrets. According to KSU Art Museum and Galleries Director Will Hipps, “the exhibition is a cathartic and holistic experience.”
With multiple ongoing exhibitions across the nation, “PostSecret” offers inspiration and healing to both those who submit and those who read the postcards. According to Hipps, the empowerment offered by the postcards results from the experience of identifying with the secrets of others. Hipps also highlights the unique unifying aspect that continues to drive the project: everyone can submit a postcard. “For anyone who wants to get involved, it's wide open.” The “PostSecret” project is also the subject of five books and one of the most popular blogs on the Internet.
The Art Gallery is located on the lower level of the Sturgis Library and is open 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7-9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday evenings and 1-4 p.m. on Saturday. For more information on the Art Museum and Galleries at KSU, visit here.
The "PostSecret" exhibition tour was organized by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC, in cooperation with Frank Warren.
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A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of more than 21,000 from 142 countries. The third-largest university in Georgia, Kennesaw State offers more than 65 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including new doctorates in education and business.
The KSU College of the Arts is one of only four Georgia institutions to have achieved full national accreditation for all of its arts programs.