A Mississippi College icon for more than six decades, sculptor and painter Samuel Marshall Gore’s inspirational work and career are the subject of a new coffee table book.
Dr. Sam Gore
Blessed With Tired Hands is scheduled for publication by the University Press of Mississippi in August 2015. Written and documented by award-winning former Clarion-Ledger photographer and MC photography instructor Barbara Gauntt, the book spans Gore’s 60-plus year career as an artist. The title refers to Gore’s hands, which are marked by broken, stained nails and typically covered in a thin veil of dried clay, a physical testimony to his life as an artist.
“It all started because I was amazed by Dr. Gore and his work,” Gauntt says. “I saw him as an absolute treasure, a gift from God, a man of faith giving back by sharing the talent with which he was blessed.”
Dr. Gore thanked Gauntt for spearheading the project, and also expressed gratitude to one of his former MC students, renowned painter Wyatt Waters, who penned the book’s introduction.
A 1952 graduate of MC, Dr. Gore taught in the university’s art department for more than 60 years. His work graces both the MC main campus, where his sculpture of Jesus and the disciples inspires students and visitors, and the MC Law campus in downtown Jackson, where a statue of Moses and the Ten Commandments speaks to the laws given to man by God.
Despite his illustrious career, Dr. Gore remains humble, adding to his comments about the upcoming book, “I’m still learning.”