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, 2015 – November 2015 – Exhibition of photos by Barbara Gauntt and sculptures and paintings by Samuel Marshall Gore to celebrate the new book Samuel M. Gore: Blessed with Tired Hands by Barbara Gauntt, which features a collection of photos by Barbara of the work of Gore and follows the process of him sculpting.
January 22, 2016 - June 18, 2016 –Selected works from the Mississippi College Permanent Collection.
November 16, 2015 – December 18, 2015 – - Mississippi College Department of Art 2015 Fall Senior Show
January 15. 2016 – February 23, 2016 – Works by Susan Sitzes and Stephanie Busbea
January 15, 2015 – Brown Bag Lunch and Jewelry Trunk Show – 10:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.
January 15, 2016 – Artist Reception - 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.
February 29, 2016 – March 29, 2016 - Mississippi College 3rd Annual Competitive Art Showcase
Reception and Awards: March 20, 2016 – 2:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.
April 1, 2016 – May 6, 2016 - Mississippi College Department of Art 2016 Spring Senior Show
Reception and Awards: April 10, 2016 – 2:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.
January 20, 2016 – Feb 24, 2016 - Printmaking, An exhibition of work by students in the Fall 2015 Printmaking Class.
February 26, 2016 – March 29, 2016 – Graduate Research, An exhibition of multimedia works by students in the Fall 2015 Graduate Research Class.
April 1, 2016 – May 23, 2016 (these dates are still subject to change) - MFA Thesis Exhibits, Reception: TBA
May 5, 2016 – 6:00 P.M. Graduate Hooding Spring 2016
May 25, 2016 - June 26, 2016 - Graduate Research, An exhibition of multimedia work by students in the Spring 2016 Graduate Research Class.
Aven Fine Arts Building – 400 Hall Student Gallery
November 30, 2015 – December 11, 2015 – 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