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Frank Warren’s PostSecret Exhibition Arrives at Loyola University Chicago
CHICAGO, January 18, 2011 – Loyola University Chicago’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts (DFPA) presents the Chicago premiere of PostSecret: Confessions on Life, Death and God, a visual arts exhibit featuring more than 270 artfully crafted postcards that unearth a myriad of private thoughts concerning spirituality and religion. The exhibition will be on display from February 24 through April 10, 2011 in the Ralph Arnold Fine Arts Annex (1131 W. Sheridan Rd.) on the University’s Lake Shore Campus. An opening reception for the public will be held on Thursday, February 24, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
In November 2004, a non-artist named Frank Warren handed out 3,000 postcards to strangers in Washington, DC and invited them to write down their secrets on the card anonymously and mail it to him. He only required that each secret be true and never been shared with another person. These initial postcards were exhibited in the nation’s capital later that year. Word of the project spread after the first exhibition closed, and people began creating their own homemade postcards. The artful secrets started arriving on his doorstep from every continent.
This international phenomenon has spawned five New York Times bestselling books, a successful traveling exhibition, and public speaking tour. Today, Warren has received more than 450,000 postcards and hundreds continue to arrive each week. Every Sunday, Warren posts new secrets on his award-winning website, www.PostSecret.com. To coincide with the release of Warren’s newest book of the same name, PostSecret: Confessions on Life, Death and God brings together secrets exclusively on the subject of faith, an especially relevant issue at a Jesuit institution.
Loyola is honored to sponsor an exhibition that artistically explores issues of faith and spirituality in an innovative visual medium. The University will take the project one step further by creating its own PostSecret-inspired display called LoyolaSecret, which will feature secrets and confessions gathered on campus. Open to faculty, staff, students, and alumni, the secrets (postcards) will be collected at locations throughout campus at the beginning of this spring semester until February 18, 2011. The postcards will be displayed on campus on February 21, location TBD. For more information about this project, and the PostSecret gallery exhibition, visit the DFPA blog at blogs.LUC.edu/ArtsAlive.
“This community of confessions reveals how we are all connected by our surprising and soulful spiritual secrets,” explained Warren. “Some of the voices speaking through these cards may offer you the chance to recognize one of your own secrets. For a moment, you may feel less alone with a secret you might have been keeping from others, or from yourself.
The Ralph Arnold Fine Arts Annex is open to the general public on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and to members of the Loyola community from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, with proper identification. Tickets are $5 for the public and free for and must be purchased in advance at LUC.tix.com or by calling 773.508.3847.
This exhibition was organized by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC, in cooperation with Frank Warren. International Arts & Artists in Washington, DC, is a non-profit arts service organization dedicated to increasing cross-cultural understanding and exposure to the arts internationally, through exhibitions, programs, and services to artists, arts institutions, and the public. Visit www.artsandartists.org for more information.
About the Department of Fine and Performing Arts
Loyola’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts aligns the creative energies of dance, music, theatre, and visual arts to provide quality arts education to students. This interdisciplinary collaboration, and the renovation of two arts facilities on the Lake Shore Campus, has inspired a renaissance of the arts on campus. This year’s public programming includes more than 70 innovative events engaging several art forms. For information and events, visit LUC.edu/dfpa.
About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago, founded in 1870, is the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic university. Enrollment is nearly 16,000 students, which includes almost 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 countries. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola also serves as the U.S. host university to The Beijing Center for Chinese Studies in Beijing, China. Loyola’s 10 schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, communication, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, continuing and professional studies, and social work. Loyola offers 71 undergraduate majors, 71 undergraduate minors, 85 master’s degrees, and 31 doctoral degrees. Loyola is consistently ranked among the “top national universities” by U.S. News & World Report, and the University is among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations, such as the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. For more information about Loyola, please visit LUC.edu.