Artist Samuel Marshall Gore was born in 1927 in Coolidge, Texas. He earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Atlanta College of art, a bachelor’s degree from Mississippi College, and a master’s degree from the University of Alabama. He obtained a doctorate of education from Illinois State University in 1969. He taught at Mississippi College in Clinton, Mississippi, for forty-one years, having joined the faculty in 1951 and retired from teaching full-time in 1992.
Gore was a painter and sculptor known for his faith-based sculptors and was a mentor for Mississippi watercolor artist Wyatt Waters. Gore was awarded the Mississippi Arts and Letters for Visual Arts in 1997. In 2012, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award. Gore lived in Clinton, Mississippi.
In 2015, Barbara Gaunt wrote a book entitled Samuel M. Gore: Blessed with Tired Hands about the artist.
Samuel Gore died at the age of 91 in 2019.