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Moved by Maya
Ed (“eddie”) Washington, a Hopkins Hospital floor tech, stands beside his 36 x 36 acrylic painting of poet and author Maya Angelou. Washington won first place in the inaugural National Arts Program Exhibition and Awards Contest at Johns Hopkins. Calling Angelou a great woman, Washington says he was inspired by her photo, published after her appearance at Hopkins two years ago: “I wasn’t able to attend the event but wanted to honor her.” Washington, who studied part time at the Maryland Institute College of Art, says it took him three weeks to paint Angelou. The biggest challenge, he recalls, was her smile. “I wanted to achieve a layered, translucent quality.” Washington’s painting is among 300 submissions from faculty, staff and their families, some of which will be installed at the new Hackerman-Patz Patient and Family Pavilion at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, where families from out of town stay when loved ones need treatment. Meanwhile, all artwork is on display in Turner Concourse through the end of the year.



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