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UTHSC art exhibit details life on aircraft carriers (4-6-00)

In the poem "High Flight," author John Gillespie McGee, Jr. describes flight as slipping "the surly bonds of earth" and dancing "the skies on laughter-silvered wings." Carlton Eddy, M.D., associate professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, brings those beautiful images of air travel to life in his artwork, as he documents life on board an aircraft carrier and the pilots and crew members who make high flight possible.

Dr. Eddy’s works are on display during the month of April in a presentation titled "Carrier at Sea: A Celebration in Art." The Health Science Center’s Arts and Exhibitions Committee is sponsoring the event.

The artwork featured in the exhibit includes sketches and oil paintings Dr. Eddy completed following two visits on board the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln with his son, Ethan Eddy, an aviation boatswain’s mate in the U.S. Navy. The images he captured during those visits show various scenes on the flight deck of a carrier at sea and the types of work undertaken daily.

Dr. Eddy got to see firsthand the work his son and others perform and the dangers they face. Between jet blasts, heat, 35-mph winds and a 65-foot drop into the ocean below, crew members must be constantly alert. Dr. Eddy, a self-taught artist, painted for the Navy on commission and his artwork has been published in military publications.

An artist’s reception will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 9, in the auditorium foyer to promote the exhibit. The event will include a multimedia presentation and a display of equipment the crew members use on board the carrier. Ethan Eddy, who recently was discharged from the Navy and has come home to Texas, will be the guest of honor.

Contact: Will Sansom or Heather Feldman