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Sam Gore honored with lifetime achievement award

The Mississippi Institute for Arts and Letters will honor Mississippi artist Sam Gore with a lifetime achievement award on June 9.

Gore, 85, has been sculpting and teaching art at Mississippi College for more than 60 years.

“I’m like a turtle on a fence post. I didn’t get there by myself. I have been blessed to become acquainted with the pillars of the Jackson community,” Gore was quoted in an MC press release.

Previous lifetime achievement winners include Eudora Welty, Shelby Foote, Leontyne Price, and Morgan Freeman

Gore is well-noted for his sculptures “Servant Savior” and “Jesus and the Children” at Mississippi College’s Clinton campus. He also sculpted the “Head of Christ” at First Baptist Church in Jackson and the 12-foot tall bronze panels depicting Moses and Jesus at the Mississippi College School of Law.

His latest work “Fallen Comrades” was unveiled at the Clinton Visitor’s Center last year as a tribute to Mississippi veterans who served in the Korean War.

Stephen McDill interviewed Gore in 2011 for MBJ-TV.

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