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Eye-Popping Art

Beauty in unexpected places
Joanne Katz, associate chair of the Bloomberg School's Department of International Health, and colleagues have been working in Nepal since 1989, conducting a randomized trial of vitamin A supplementation for pre-school children. Her submission to the Public Health Photo Contest ("Big Picture") was taken on her way out of a village where women traditionally paint their houses with beautiful patterns. "What caught my eye was the deep blue of her sari and how it matched the blue of the paint in the flowers" on the wall behind her, she says of the woman in the photo. According to Katz, the women sell similar paintings on paper and pottery. "I have several of these paintings in my house here in Baltimore," she says.

Using humor to defend an icon
Bill Cigliano is an unabashed fan of Norman Rockwell. So when he read Maria Blackburn's story about Johns Hopkins professor Richard Halpern's theory that Rockwell explores some darker aspects of sexuality in his paintings ("Neither Simple Nor Innocent"), he was skeptical — but game. He wanted to use humor to "take some of the edge off," so he had fun with the way Rockwell depicted people's backsides (among other things). "I think it was a tasteful interpretation and a light-handed treatment," he says. The Chicago-based illustrator's work has appeared on the cover of The New York Times Book Review and in Boys' Life. — CP

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