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Gore Sculpture to be Dedicated on June 17

June 10, 2009

Mississippi College School of Law leaders, faculty and a sea of Sam Gore's admirers will be on hand for the Wednesday June 17 dedication of the artist's sculpture of Jesus and his disciples.

The 3,000-pound bronze sculpture is known as "Jesus and the Fulfillment of the Law." The 12-foot-tall sculpture is the companion piece to Gore's "Moses the Lawgiver" sculpture displayed on an exterior wall of the law school in Jackson. The ceremony begins at 4:30 p.m.

During the event, the 81-year-old artist from Clinton will mold the face of Jesus out of clay in a little more than 30 minutes. It's a demonstration he's done numerous times at churches around the state. The internationally celebrated artist has made presentations around the globe.

Gore showcased the fast-moving art project to show the face of Jesus when the Moses sculpture was dedicated at the MC law school more than a year ago.

Gore's signature sculptures are considered destination points at the private 530-student law school on East Griffith Street, a few blocks from the Capitol. One of his sculptures also sits in the middle of the MC campus in Clinton.

Beginning with three sheets of plywood, it took the former Mississippi College art department chairman about eight months to finish the Jesus sculpture. The work began at his Clinton home with the sculpture completed at the Lugar Foundry near Memphis.

Mississippi College School of Law Dean Jim Rosenblatt will welcome the visitors at the dedication. Others expected to speak include Malcolm White, executive director of the Mississippi Arts Commission, Mississippi College President Lee Royce and Dr. Gore.

Gore's got plenty of admirers, both young and old. The award-winning career of the 1951 MC graduate spans more than five decades.

"Dr. Gore's work is an incredible reflection of his relationship with Christ," said Lucedale native Candice Thomley, a 2008 MC music graduate. "It demonstrates his faith in the work and talents he was given," she said. "I've been moved by knowing him."

The executive assistant to Malcolm White at the Jackson-based Mississippi Arts Commission, Thomley plans to attend the June 17 dedication. The event is open to MC faculty and staff, members of Mississippi's legal community and city leaders, among others.

For more information, contact MCSOL public relations director Dana Terry at 601.925.7148.

Photo: New MCSOL sculpture by Dr. Sam Gore,

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