Kennesaw State opens “PostSecret” art exhibition
Kennesaw, Ga.—The Kennesaw State University Art Museum and Galleries presents “…
(Feb 22, 2010) —
Kennesaw, Ga.—The Kennesaw State University Art Museum and Galleries presents “PostSecret” through
March 27 in The Art Gallery in the Sturgis Library. The free exhibition features more
than 400 artfully decorated and highly personal postcards from anonymous submissions.
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-Exupery’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
, “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,
The "PostSecret" exhibition tour was organized by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC, in
cooperation with Frank Warren.
A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.