Dr. Samuel Marshall Gore joined the MC faculty in 1951 following his completion of a three-year BFA program of study at the Atlanta College of Art. Prior to this assuming the leadership role, pioneering effort and influence could be traced to the teaching of Marie Hull at Hillman College and more recent art instruction by others on faculty. Completing his BA requirement at MC in 1952, he was invited to remain in the only full time art position at that time and to nourish a quiet but significant tradition of interest in art on campus. He developed the Art Major curriculum and recruited students with art career interests. From the beginning, his commitment was to the church-related mission of the college and to a concept of art with a strong Christian emphasis. He further qualified himself by completing both the Masters and Doctoral degrees. Through his perseverance the full time art faculty grew in number from one to six with an equal number of adjunct and part-time instructors, offering undergraduate and graduate degrees including the Master of Fine Arts. He has been successful in fund raising for art scholarship funds and established the Sam Gore Art Scholarship Endowment. Under his leadership significant firsts have been achieved, among which are: hosting of the first loan exhibit in the South from the Guggenheim Museum, in being the first of forty Southern Baptist Colleges to offer an MFA degree program and in being the first among the small colleges to have a graduate elected to membership in the National Sculpture Society. His students have been highly motivated and have achieved a tradition of notable success in both studio and teaching careers. In recognition of this contribution to art in Mississippi, he received the following awards:
As a tribute to Dr. Gore's faithful stewardship of energy and talent toward serving college students and in establishing a legacy of teaching art from a Christ-centered perspective, the college administration established the Samuel Marshall Gore Art. Galley. The Gallery, located initially in the Aven Fine Arts Building, will be relocated in permanent facilities which will house permanent art collection and ongoing art exhibits. Upon the completion of the larger, more easily accessible facility, the Gore Gallery will be enabled to perform an even greater and more unique service role of the Department of Art in Christian higher education.
August 5, 2016 – December 2016 – Selected works from the Mississippi College Permanent Collections.
October 3, 2016 - October 31, 2016 – MC Department of Art 2016 Distinguished Art Alumnus.
October 10, 2016 - February 24, 2016 - William Dunlap
January 9, 2017 - June 18, 2016 - Selected works from the Mississippi College Permanent Collections.
August 15, 2016 – September 23, 2016 - A selection of works by Clinton Artists - Sam Beibers, Paul Fayard, Ron Lindsey and Wyatt Waters.
Reception: Sept. 8, 2016 - 6:00 P.M. - 8:00P.M.
September 25, 2016 - November 16, 2016 - Selected works from the Mississippi College Permanent Collections.
October 15, 2016 - Homecoming Celebration - Reception honoring the MC Department of Distinguished Art Alumni Exhibition, 10:00 A.M. - 12:00 Noon
November 16, 2016 - December 16, 2016 - Mississippi College Department of Art 2016 Fall Senior Show
Reception: November 19, 2016 - 2:00P.M.- 4:00P.M.
January 11, 2017 - February 24, 2017 - Works by Kelly Waters.
Reception: Jan. 26, 2016 - 6:00P.M. - 8:00P.M.
February 27, 2017 - March 31, 2017 - Mississippi College 6th Annual Competitive Art Showcase.
Reception and Awards: March 19, 2017 - 2:00P.M.-4:00P.M.
April 5, 2017 - May 5, 2017 - Mississippi College Department of Art 2017 Spring Senior Show.
Reception and Awards: TBA
June 10, 2016 - August 12, 2016 - An exhibition of multimedia work by students in the Spring 2016 Painting Class.
August 13, 2016 - September 16, 2016 - An exhibition of drawings by students from the Spring 2016 Drawing Class.
September 19, 2016 - October 28, 2016 - Photographs by the Spring 2016 London Study Students.
October 31, 2016 - December 9, 2016 - MFA Thesis Exhibitions Fall 2016.
December 8, 2016 - Graduate Hooding Fall 2016 - 6:00P.M.
January 12, 2017 - February 13, 2017 - Graduate Research: An exhibition of multimedia works by students in the Fall 2016 Graduate Research Class.
February 13, 2017 - March 29, 2017 - Interior Design: A Sampling of work from the Interior Design Classes.
March 31, 2017 - May 23, 2017 - MFA Thesis Exhibits Spring 2017.
May 4, 2017 - Graduate Hooding Spring 2017 - 6:00P.M.
May 25, 2017 - June 23, 2017 - Graduate Research: An exhibition of multimedia work by students in the Spring 2017 Graduate Research Class.
Aven Fine Arts Building – 400 Hall Student Gallery
November 28, 2016 – December 5, 2016 – Mississippi College Department of Art Holiday Art Sale sponsored by Kappa Phi. Selected works by the faculty, students and alumni of the Mississippi College Department of Art.
Place and time: TBA