Our Visionaries

Current Exhibition:

The Great Mystery Show

The Great Mystery Show

Oct 7, 2017–Sep 2, 2018

From psychics to physicists, The Great Mystery Show artfully peels away the veil of the unknown, playfully exploring mystery as that one secret power behind great art, science, and pursuit of the sacred.

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Frank Warren, photo courtesy PostSecret

Frank Warren

(1964– )

In 2004, Frank Warren started the PostSecret project and invited people to share their secrets on a postcard, posted to him anonymously. He set just two criteria for these submissions: 1. The secret must be true, 2. It must also be something never revealed to anyone else before. Since then, Warren has received more than 700,000 postcards. The cards artistically express some personal desire, hope, fear, humor, humiliation, confession, and much more. Surprisingly, the single most common secret people send in is some variation on the personal revelation, "I pee in the shower." The first four compilations of Warren's chosen best secrets each made The New York Times Best Sellers list. His fifth book, PostSecrets: Confessions on Life, Death, and God, resulted from a collaboration with the American Visionary Art Museum on their exhibition, All Faiths Beautiful. PostSecret is an ongoing community art project with a huge web-based readership (over 600 million hits since it went live). Over the years, Frank Warren and the PostSecret community have raised more than $1,000,000 for suicide prevention and Frank has been awarded the Mental Health Advisory Lifetime Achievement Award.

Frank Warren, his wife Jan, and daughter Haley all share an excellent sense of humor—and with hundreds of secrets arriving at their door every week in Germantown, Maryland, that's a very good thing!

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To learn more about PostSecret, visit http://www.postsecret.com.