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Photos by Cliff Hollis/ECU News ServicesCraig Malmrose, an art professor in the ECU School of Art and Design, displays a completed USS Enterprise print while retired art professor Ray Elmore, right, shows the smaller print he created for use in the artwork. Five hundred of the letterpress prints commemorating the decommission and retirement of the USS Enterprise were delivered Dec. 18 to U.S. Navy officers, members of the U.S. Congress and President Barack Obama.
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Photos by Cliff Hollis/ECU News ServicesCraig Malmrose, an art professor in the ECU School of Art and Design, displays a completed USS Enterprise print while retired art professor Ray Elmore, right, shows the smaller print he created for use in the artwork. Five hundred of the letterpress prints commemorating the decommission and retirement of the USS Enterprise were delivered Dec. 18 to U.S. Navy officers, members of the U.S. Congress and President Barack Obama.

Artists commemorate USS Enterprise

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Hundreds of antique printing blocks are stored among vintage letterpress printers inside a one-story shop in Ayden, where an East Carolina University faculty member applies a 15th-century commercial printing process to create works of art.

His most recent project — 500 letterpress prints to commemorate the decommission and retirement of the USS Enterprise — was delivered on Dec. 18 to U.S. Navy officers, members of the U.S. Congress and President Barack Obama.


Craig Malmrose, a professor in the ECU School of Art and Design, spent two-and-a-half months working on the Enterprise project, initiated through a request by a former student who now works for the company that built the ship in 1961. The Enterprise was the world’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier.

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