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Mississippi Sculptor Tracy Sugg Visits Gore Galleries

December 9, 2008

Returning to her alma mater, Mississippi artist Tracy H. Sugg will be showcased at an exhibit at the Samuel Marshall Gore Art Galleries and sign copies of her new book.

The public gets the chance to meet the Mississippi College art graduate at an open reception and book signing Thursday Dec. 11 starting at 6 p.m.

Sugg's book is titled The Pursuit of the Artists' Arcanum. It contains images of her sculpture, including monuments, clay sketches, early works and private collection sculptures. The forward to the 115-page hardcover book was penned by writer Nevada Barr.

A vibrant force in the art world, Sugg's art shows in Washington, D.C. and elsewhere are bringing media attention to the Tennessee resident.

Recently, her bust of Gen. Tadeusz Kosciuszko found a home in the permanent collection of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. She also has sculpted a full-size monument for the city of Kosciusko, Miss. that is named for him. It was installed in a downtown park of the Attala County city in October 2006. He served as a Brigadier General during America's Revolutionary War. His portrait bust was installed at the new Jefferson Library at the academy at West Point.

Her show of sculptures and two dimensional pieces at MC will run from Dec. 11 until January 29, 2009.

One of the pieces is called "A Peacock of My Very Own." Another sculpture comes from her days as a Mississippi College student. It is her "Daydream" a clay piece.

Until recently a Jackson resident, Tracy Sugg, is a 1994 MC graduate. For Tracy, returning to MC "is like coming full circle," said her husband, Robert Sugg, an artist and MC alumnus. She and her husband live in the War Trace community, about an hour south of Nashville. The town is home to about 629 people.

Their visit to West Point, Robert Sugg said, was "quite impressive and wonderful."

For more information on the Sugg show and book signing, contact Randy Jolly at the Gore Galleries at 601.925.3880 or rjolly@mc.edu. The gallery is open from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and Tuesday from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

PHOTO: Tracy Sugg