Mississippi College is honored to feature another work by internationally celebrated artist and MC art professor Dr. Sam Gore on the Clinton campus. Titled "Jesus and the Children," the 1,200-pound bronze masterpiece was recently installed near Lowrey Hall, home of the School of Education.
The sculpture is a recast of the same Gore piece that graces a courtyard at First Baptist Church in Clinton. Mississippi College President Lee Royce requested the replica of "Jesus and the Children" for MC, feeling the work would be a fitting reminder of the purpose of the MC School of Education. Additional works by Dr. Gore at MC include a bronze depicting Jesus as the "Servant Savior" on the main campus and sculptures depicting Jesus and His Disciples and Moses and the Ten Commandments on the MC Law campus in downtown Jackson.
At 83, Dr. Gore remains both inspired and prolific in his work. His most recent project, "Fallen Comrades," pays tribute to America’s military veterans. The bronze sculpture, which depicts a soldier carrying his comrade across enemy lines, will be displayed at the Clinton Visitors Center. In addition to his own creative work, Dr. Gore continues to teach art at Mississippi College, inspiring his students not only with his expertise, but also by his example.
"Art is always a challenge," Dr. Gore says. "I still feel like I’m learning. You don’t keep doing sculpture without continuing to learn as you go."