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Willam Carey University Welcomes MC Professor Sam Gore

February 13, 2008

A William Carey University audience welcomed internationally celebrated Mississippi College art professor Samuel Gore on the Hattiesburg campus.

Despite stormy weather Tuesday evening, Gore worked on a sculpture at William Carey's auditorium while he was accompanied by tapes of Asian, African, and Euro-American music.

Closing his 35-minute performance in which he crafted three ethnic faces on one mass of clay were hymns and the last measures of the Hallelujah Chorus when Gore opened the "eyes" of his art work.

William Carey President R. Tommy King, Baptist Student Union director Tim Glaze, William Carey faculty and members of the Southern Mississippi Art Association were on hand for Gore's live art show. Baptist-affiliated William Carey maintains campuses in Hattiesburg, Gulfport and New Orleans.

"I had a good time," Gore said of his William Carey performance. "In 35 minutes, it's kind of like running a 100-yard dash. I've done it a whole lot of times in Washington, D.C. and near Seattle, Washington."

During his trip to William Carey, the award-winning Christian artist also made time for homemade soup and fellowship with President King in his residence on the Hattiesburg campus. His brother, Dan Gore, did the driving to William Carey and made sure he was among audience members witnessing for another extraordinary Sam Gore performance.

A 1951 Mississippi College graduate and member of the MC faculty for more than five decades, the 80-year-old Texas native last fall finished work on his 2,700-pound bronze sculpture "Moses the Lawgiver." It depicts Moses carrying the Ten Commandments written in Hebrew letters in stone. Dr. Gore finished the work at a foundry in Memphis last summer.

The "Moses" art treasure is now on display on the exterior of a classroom building at the Mississippi College School of Law in downtown Jackson. Sam Gore, who lives in Clinton, is also working on a companion piece of art, "Jesus, the Fulfillment of the Law," that will be displayed at the law school by late 2008. Visible from the sidewalk at the school on East Griffith Street, the Moses sculpture will be on display for generations to come.

PHOTO: MC art professor Sam Gore

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