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MBKU 10th Annual Shared Visions Art Exhibit Opening Reception Held Over Weekend


With a focus on supporting vision readiness for all children in Orange County, Marshall B. Ketchum University (MBKU), celebrating its 110th Anniversary, honored visually-impaired artists on Sunday in six categories:

  • Signature Artwork: “Oysters Awakening” by Gisele Kirschbaum
  • Best of Show: “Queen Nefertiti of Moab” by Susan Gustafson
  • Best Expression Of How Vision Loss Or Blindness Impacts Life: “‘Live’ Grade 1 Braille” by Amy Monthei 
  • Best Artwork Created With Use Of Low Vision Aids: “Tea Time” by Maria Nina Vargas
  • Best Artwork Without Using Low Vision Aids: “Galaxy” by Drew Bedo
  • Best Expression Of Humor: “Just One Lick Pretty Please” by Mari Newman

“These incredible artists have contributed to the University Eye Center, our campus, and our community,” said Marshall B. Ketchum University President Kevin Alexander, O.D., Ph.D. “Understanding the hurdles each artist has overcome to achieve their gallery moment is incredibly rewarding for us all,” President Alexander continued.

This year’s juried art exhibit encompasses 93 pieces of artwork from 32 artists, across the US, Canada and Sweden. These pieces were selected from 142 entries originally considered this year. The Shared Visions Art Exhibit will be open to the public during business hours through mid-August, 2015 at the University Eye Center at Fullerton, 2575 Yorba Linda Blvd. 

“The gallery showing is reflective of what it means to have pride in a City that understands that we need the arts and science to flourish and create new conversations with new friends along the way,” said Vice President for Clinical Affairs & Assistant Professor Dr. Julie Schornack, O.D., M.Ed.

Funding for the event was made possible through the generous donations of Abbott Medical Optics, the number one in LASIK; number two in cataract, where they are growing their positions with the TECNIS® platform; and number three in eye care solutions.

The exhibit precedes MBKU’s signature fundraising event, The Shared Visions Gala and V-Awards, which will be held on Thursday, October 2, 2014 and includes selections from this year’s Shared Visions Art Exhibit. Tickets are still available, and proceeds from the event will assist MBKU in its mission to support vision readiness for all children in Orange County. For more information, please contact Janice Lee at 714.449.7464 or

With advance RSVP, members of the press are invited to attend a Media/VIP reception from 4:30-5:30pm for photos and interviews with V-awardees. Contact the Shared Visions Gala & V-Awards Publicists, Norma Kelly at 818.509.0575, or Liza Sacilioc at 818.509.9275, for more information.

ABOUT THE SHARED VISIONS GALA & V-AWARDS:  In its fourth year, the Shared Visions Gala & V-Awards is the signature fundraising event for Marshall B. Ketchum University in Fullerton, CA. Proceeds from the event go toward supporting vision readiness for all children in Orange County. Since its inception, the Gala has raised over $400k.

Marshall B. Ketchum University
About Us

Rooted in a tradition of excellence in Optometry, Marshall B. Ketchum University's (MBKU's), vision is to reimagine the future of health care education by educating caring, inspired health care professionals who are prepared to deliver collaborative, patient-centric health care in an interprofessional environment.

MBKU's Vision:  To reimagine the future of health care education.

MBKU's Mission:  To educate caring, inspired health care professionals who are prepared to deliver collaborative, patient-centric health care in an interprofessional environment.

MBKU's Core Values:  Excellence, Integrity, Innovation, Compassion and Respect.

Marshall B. Ketchum University is now home to the Southern California College of Optometry and the School of Physician Assistant Studies.  Named after the founder of the optometric institution in 1904, the change to a university structure addresses the growing demand for highly skilled health care professionals.  MBKU will provide a diversity of health care education opportunities in an environment fully focused on medical professionalism, combining advanced clinical training with innovative teaching methods.  The University confers a four-year, professional degree, Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) and a Master of Science in Vision Science (M.S.) degree.  MBKU's School of Physician Assistant Studies expects to award a Master of Medical Sciences (MMS) degree.  MBKU has recently announced plans to establish a College of Pharmacy.

The University's superior 110-year-old optometric 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.  Marshall B. Ketchum University owns and operates two premier eye and vision care centers – University Eye Center at Fullerton located on its campus in Fullerton, CA, and University Eye Center at Los Angeles located on Broadway at Martin Luther King Boulevard near downtown Los Angeles.

Marshall B. Ketchum University:
  Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Southern California College of Optometry:  Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE) of the American Optometric Association.

School of Physician Assistant Studies:  The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Marshall B. Ketchum University Physician Assistant Program.

Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status.  The status indicates that the plans and resource allocation for the proposed program appear to demonstrate the program's ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards, if fully implemented as planned.  Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status.  It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class.