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Giving & Development

The Gore Arts Complex

The vision will become a reality in 2022.

The late Dr. Samuel Gore, renowned artist and founding father of the MC Art Department, had a vision for expanding the art department. The historic Clinton junior high building on MC’s East Campus was the perfect facility to help make his vision become a reality.

Over the years, Dr. Gore drew floorplans showing how this space may be renovated for the MC studio art programs, even constructing a 3D model of the building and studios he saw so clearly in his mind's eye.

Every detail in the new space will be planned and designed for the creation of art and for the engagement of the community. The space will include specific studios for painting, sculpture, papermaking, pastels, woodworking, and stagecraft. Plans include an outdoor, covered kiln, courtyard for firing ceramics and an auditorium suitable for large classes or as a gathering space for the MC and Clinton communities. In addition to the studio spaces and equipment, the Gore Arts Complex will be suited with the most up-to-date technology to maximize instruction.

The Gore Arts Complex and its community space will give people a new and inspiring reason to visit our campus. This facility represents the latest chapter in MC's long legacy of excellence in art programs and commitment to faith. Dr. Gore transformed lives through his art and his teaching and MC will continue that legacy in this building that bears his name.

– Dr. Blake Thompson
MC President

Supporting the Gore Arts Complex

Dr. Gore’s vision will soon become a reality when the doors open in the fall of 2022. Through a generous lead gift of $1 million by a charitable foundation and other income sources, nearly $4 million of the $6 million overall goal for this project is already in place.

MC welcomes gifts to the Gore Arts Complex in memory of Dr. Samuel Gore, in honor of an artist or future artist, or to support the MC arts program. Please consider being a part of Dr. Gore’s legacy that continues to have an impact on Mississippi art and beyond. 

Friends of Samuel Gore Giving Levels:

Samuel Gore Society: $25,000+
Exhibition Circle: $15,000-$24,999
Benefactor: $5,000-$14,999
Patron: $1,000-$4,999
Friends of Gore Arts: Less than $1,000

Checks can be made payable to Mississippi College with Gore Arts Complex indicated in the memo section:

MC Foundation
Box 4005
Clinton, MS 39058

If you are interested in naming a classroom, please contact the MC Foundation at 601.925.3968.

Online Giving

If you have any questions about online giving, please contact us at 601.925.3968.