The mission of the Southern California College of Optometry's (SCCO's) 3rd Annual Shared Visions Gala and V-Awards is supporting children's vision.
For eight years on the campus of SCCO, the phrase "Shared Visions" has referred to an annual art exhibit of works by blind and legally blind artists that's housed at its Eye Care Center. We're proud to note that "Shared Visions," has become the over-arching phrase to much that is taking place at the College. The success of the Shared Visions Art Exhibit has led to establishing the Shared Visions Gala and V-Awards — a signature fundraising event for the College. Proceeds will help to facilitate healthcare education and innovative delivery of care to the underserved.
It all started as a way to bring interest and color to the walls of the new Eye Care Center at the Southern California College of Optometry. A patient with partial sight, who earned his living as a fashion photographer, suggested an art exhibit, an exhibit that would showcase the works of blind and/or partially-sighted artists. As talks continued to bring this idea to fruition, it became clear that whatever evolved would have an educational component at its core.
The result – art and patient care education have come together as the Shared Visions Art Exhibit. The three individuals, or Founders of the Shared Visions Art Exhibit are: Rebecca L. Kammer, O.D.; Artist Kurt Weston; and Abbott Medical Optics, Inc., represented by David W. Hansen, O.D., Head, Global Professional Services.
Established in 1904, SCCO is a private, non-profit, educational institution dedicated to educating today's minds to provide tomorrow's eye, vision and health care. SCCO grants a four-year, professional degree, Doctor of Optometry (OD) and a Master of Science in Vision Science (MS). The College announced, in August 2011, its plan to start a two-year Master's level Physician Assistant program, the first step in the development of an interprofessional health care campus. The College's superior clinical education program provides patient care experiences in community optometric clinics; exposure to the delivery of optometric care in multi-disciplinary settings; and experiences in practices serving a wide variety of ethnic and socio-economic patient groups. SCCO owns and operates two premier eye and vision care centers – the Eye Care Center located on its campus in Fullerton, CA, and the Optometric Center of Los Angeles located in south-central LA.
The Southern California College of Optometry annually presents the Shared Visions Art Exhibit at the Eye Care Center. This eight-year old, juried art exhibit features artwork from blind and visually impaired artists from around the world. Shared Visions celebrates the artistic achievements of these inspirational artists who continue to create in a visual realm, focusing on their abilities and talents. The Exhibit, one of only four such art exhibitions of its kind in the United States, is open to the public at SCCO's Eye Care Center at 2575 Yorba Linda Blvd., Fullerton, CA 92831 and is open during Eye Care Center operational hours for an 11-month period each year.
Selected artwork from the 2012–13 exhibit will be on display for purchase at the Shared Visions Gala and V-Awards. Artwork purchased from the exhibit will not be available to take home until the conclusion of the 2012–13 art exhibit in August 2013.
- Kevin L. Alexander, O.D., Ph.D., President
- Gene D. Calkins, O.D., J.D., Trustee Chair
- Frances (Trustee) & Steve Knott, Honorary Gala Co-Chairs
- Paul A. Stover, M.Ed., Gala Chair *
- Arlene Kaye, SCMD, Gala Director *
- Carol L. Alexander, O.D.
- Judy Badstuebner *
- Matthew Breneman *
- Brett J. Braun
- Frances DiPietro *
- Jennifer Fraga
- David W. Hansen, O.D.
- Theresa Harvey
- Wayne Heidle
- Brooke Jakovich
- Richard D. Jones, J.D., Trustee
- Janice Lee *
- Stephen Lee *
- Charles C. Luu, O.D., Trustee
- Debra J. Marks, M.A. *
- Martha Mijares
- John R. Rossi, O.D.
- Frances Rozner, CFRE *
- Julie Schornack, O.D.
- Randyce Wechter
*Office of Advancement and Marketing