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Sarah Gillespie Art Collection

Sarah Gillespie Art Collection

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Published by: AThaxton on Feb 23, 2009
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06/16/2009

 
44• south mississippi sceneAbove, Sarah Gillespie Gallery Curator, Iris Easterling,presents Earl W. Wilson’s ‘Pickin’ Cotton,’ one of thepaintings in the Gillespie Collection.Right, rendering of the completed Smith-Rouse LibraryExpansion project at William Carey University inHattiesburg. The Library is the new home for theGillespie Art Gallery.
 
Sarah Gillespie spent her lifeassembling what some artexperts consider to be the mostcomplete collection of art pro-duced by Mississippians in the20th century. It was nearly lostwhen Hurricane Katrina rav-aged the Mississippi Gulf Coaston Aug. 29, 2005, destroyingthe William Carey Universitycampus in Gulfport, where thecollection had been displayedsince 1999 in a beachfrontgallery.Soon, Gillespie’s “orphans,”as she called the more than 450works by artists includingWalter Anderson, WyattWaters, Ethel Wright Mohamedand Marie Hull, will move intoa new gallery on theHattiesburg campus of WilliamCarey University designed justfor them.Unfortunately, Gillespie didnot live to see the opening of the new gallery. She died in
orphans 
OF THE STORMGILLESPIE’S
STORY BY ROBYN JACKSONPHOTOS COURTESY WILLIAM CAREY UNIVERSITYSARAH GILLESPIE COLLECTIONSARAH GILLESPIE

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