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A name to remember…

A name to remember…

Gaye Flynt names room in Gore Arts Complex after Dr. Lytal

A generous gift from former Miss Mississippi College, Gaye Parks Flynt a 1969 graduate and her late husband, Roger Flynt honors Dr. Billy Lytal, a long-time friend of MC and the Clinton Community.

Gaye was thrilled to name the new Ceramics Studio in Gore Arts Complex after Dr. Lytal at the ribbon cutting of Entergy Theater.  Dr. Lytal was a Mississippi College and Clinton staple and now his legacy will be carried on in the Gore Arts Complex as students, faculty, and the community pass through the doors of the Ceramics Studio each day. 

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It is my honor to name the Ceramics Studio after someone who was always full of life and had such an impact on so many, including me.
— Gaye Flynt
1969 Mississippi College Graduate

The arts and humanities enrich our lives and thinking. We see that enrichment firsthand through the students who study and utilize this state of the art complex each day. 

Dr. Miley, Professor of Art at MC says "One of the great gifts of the Gore Arts Complex is our new Ceramics facility. It gives us an opportunity to grow and provide an outreach to the university and community. One classroom space is devoted to handbuilt ceramics, which is used by beginning classes as well as advanced and graduate courses. Two sections of the course Ceramics for Nonmajors filled very quickly during the spring and fall semesters. Conversely, the last two MFA Thesis shows have focused on handbuilding in ceramics. Regular ceramics classes have been full and utilized this space. So, we see this space as a hub to the Department."

It is a blessing to see the name of a professor who meant so much to so many adorn the door of a classroom used by today's students.

"It is such an honor to name the handbuilding room after Dr. Billy Lytal. Dr. Lytal was a longtime friend of this faculty and supporter of our program. He was also the first chair that I met after being hired by MC. I enjoyed working with him and appreciated his friendship, guidance, and sense of humor. I was quite surprised to learn that he was a potter and had training in ceramics. We talked about this often." - Dr. Miley 

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At times some of the most meaningful moments in life cannot be touched or seen, but felt with the heart! The Lytal family’s reaction to the generous gesture by Gaye Parks Flynt, a former student of Dr. Bill Lytal, was one such heartfelt moment. The pottery – ceramics studio in the Gore Arts Complex was named in his honor. He loved working in this medium as a hobby and was an outstanding amateur artisan in this area. Our family will be forever grateful to Gaye for this remembrance!
— Linda Lytal, Tara Lytal, & Heather Lytal Broadwater

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