Passionate Focus

Passionate Focus 2017

Three pieces of artwork from the Passionate Focus 2017: See and Hear the Strong Saxophone by Charles Blackwell, Arches by Susan Joy Gustafson and Red River by Barbara Romain. For full description of artwork visit the artwork page.

Passionate Focus is Second Sense’s annual event celebrating all that was accomplished over the past year.  Our 2017 event will be held on Thursday, April 20 in the unique Moulin Rouge room at the Fairmont Hotel in Chicago.

Friends of Second Sense gather for a vibrant evening of great food, drinks and conversation.  The event offers an exciting auction, a wine pull and other fun activities.

The highlight of the evening is the Passionate Focus art exhibit showcasing the work of artists with vision loss. The artwork draws you in, so you focus on the artistic vision, not the artist’s visual impairment. These artists share a passion to express themselves through their art; sharing with the world their reality.

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Each year, over 100 pieces are submitted for consideration by a jury of professionals in the art world. The jurors select the works to be included in the exhibit based solely on their artistic merit and are not provided with any information about the artists’ visual impairment.

The event is not only a fantastic evening to celebrate the exhibit; it is a way for Second Sense to further our mission. Guests to the exhibit are amazed at the range of work and the talent of the artists. They walk away with the realization that vision loss does not impede a person from pursuing their dreams—whether they dream to create art, practice the law or simply live independently.

Please take the time to look at the art in:

You can also learn more about the artists—they each have a unique story to tell.

We thank all our  sponsors for helping to make this year’s event possible!  If you are interested in sponsoring Passionate Focus 2017, please contact Cheryl Megurdichian.

Principal Sponsors:

DLA Piper Logo Ullico Logo
Alpana and Dipankar Mukhopadhyay  Mesirow Financial Logo

Major Sponsors:

ABS Logo  Bill Bass Foundation
Illinois College of Optometry Logo Illinois Eye Institute Logo
LSV Asset Management Logo Marquette Associates Logo  

Patron Sponsors:

National Investment Services Logo US Bank Logo
Alpana and Dipankar Mukhopadhyay  Eric and Sharon Langshur
 Senior Lifestyle Logo  


BMY Mellon Logo
Chartwells Logo Chicago Equity Partners Logo
Parametric Logo William Blair Logo
Neuberger Berman logo  Nuveen Investments


Barnes & Thornburg Logo CBIZ logo Crowe Horwath Logo
 First Eagle Bank logo Green Courte Partners Logo  McCaffery Interests logo
The Robert Thomas Bobins Foundation   Fraida-Cameron Foundation  Chepov & Scott Attorney at Law