BU to host community art exhibit focused on faith, spirituality

For immediate release: May 26, 2009

BLOOMSBURG — A traveling exhibit, "PostSecret: Confessions of Life, Death and God," will be on display in Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania's Haas Gallery of Art from June 4 to July 15.

The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, presents 160 postcards that share private thoughts concerning spirituality and religion.

Curator Frank Warren began the project in November 2004 by handing out self-addressed postcards to strangers and inviting them to anonymously share a secret. There were two requirements: the secret had to be true and it had to be something that had never been told to another person. Within a month, Warren received more than 150 postcards. The total now exceeds 350,000 postcards. He continues to receive almost 1,000 handmade postcards every week.

Warren explained the extraordinary effect of these revelations. "Every secret is unique, like a fingerprint, but at a deeper level this community of confessions reveals how we are all connected by our surprising and soulful spiritual secrets."

This exhibition was organized by International Arts & Artists, Washington, D.C., in cooperation with Frank Warren. Visit www.postsecretcommunity.com to learn more about the ongoing project. The exhibit coincides with the upcoming release of Warren's new book, "PostSecret: Confessions of Life, Death and God."

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Professional Studies, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.