James Mellick


$200,000 GRAND PRIZE WINNER AND $12,500 3D CATEGORY WINNER BY PUBLIC VOTE AT ART PRIZE 8, 2016, GRAND RAPIDS MI. Art Prize is an international art exhibition with 1540 artists from 44 countries competing. 440,000 people attended Art Prize 2016 and 380,000 votes were cast to determine the largest art award in the world.

James D. Mellick Professional Highlights 1970-2019

1972: Robert Indiana likes the shaped-canvas “totem” paintings and gives two purchase awards placing them in the Swope Museum in Terre Haute, Indiana.

1973: Master of Fine Arts degree, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, Illinois. Published Thesis: “Totemic Meaning, Iconoclasm and the Vertical Image”. Studied painting, sculpture and printmaking. Served 5 years as Art Instructor: sculpture, printmaking and design at Colby-Sawyer College, New Hampshire.

1976: Exhibits paintings and sculptures in the Hopkins Center at Dartmouth College at the invitation of the Director, Jan van der Marck, noted authority on 20th Century Art.

1978: Serves three years as Assistant Professor and Art Department Chairman at Houghton College, New York. Writes and establishes the colleges first art major program while teaching art history, painting, drawing and sculpture.

1981: Moves to Columbus, Ohio and begins business as a full-time artist in the art market.

1983: Begins a ten year relationship with Gallery 200 and the late director, Renee Steidle, with first major solo exhibition in a metropolitan commercial gallery. The show, “Sculpture, Paintings and Installation”, receives rave reviews in newspapers, local art journals and television news interviews.

1984: Wins “Best of Show” and first major award of $2,500 in the Fine Arts Exhibit of the Ohio State Fair. Starts a long series of painted wood fantasy birds that are in many homes and offices across America.

1985: Wins “Best of Show” in “Sculpture at Heritage Village” with a twelve foot “totem” of seven dogs titled “Stacking Dogs”. This begins the animal allegory of carved wood dogs which represents the major legacy of his work to date.

1987: Associates with J. Rosenthal Fine Arts Ltd., Chicago, and sells his first work in a Chicago gallery. Wins “Award of Excellence” at Exhibition 280: Works Off Walls” at the Huntington Museum, Huntington, West Virginia. Presents slides of his work in a symposium of museum directors and docents at the Huntington Museum. Llama sculpture, “Peace Burden” is selected for a nationally distributed poster for the “American Contemporary Works in Wood” exhibition at the Dairy Barn in Athens, Ohio.

1988: Artist in Residence at Cardinal Industries, Inc., Columbus Ohio. Visiting Artist in Sculpture and Life Drawing at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, Illinois. “Best of Show in Sculpture”, Three Rivers Arts Festival, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

1989: Presents a comprehensive exhibition at the Center Art Gallery, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Invited to join the Calvin Art Department as Associate Professor, to teach sculpture, drawing and art appreciation.

1990: Exhibits with the Carlyn Gallery in Grand Haven, Michigan; Perception Gallery in Grand Rapids and wins an award at the Muskegon Art Museum.

1991: Returns to Columbus, Ohio and begins an association with the Gallery at Studio “B”. Pursues interest in writing and guest lecturing and begins plans for a private atelier and apprenticeship program.

1992: Solo exhibits at Wabash College, Crawfordsville, Indiana and participates in the “Ohio Craft Invitational” at the Mansfield Art Center, Mansfield, Ohio. October issue of Woodshop News publishes a story about Mellick’s work titled “Carving Parables: Old Yeller to Junkyard Dog”.

1993: Solo Exhibits at Denison University, Granville, Ohio; Ohio Northern University, Ada, Ohio and with two other artists at the Schumacher Gallery of Capital University. Wins “Best of Show” at the Columbus Arts Festival, Columbus, Ohio. Serves as curator for a national invitational show of wood and clay artists for the Gallery at Studio “B” during the Lancaster (Ohio) Music Festival. Published in “Close-up” in the October issue of Woodwork and the December issue of Woodshop News. Participates in a total of 13 solo and group exhibitions during the year.

1994: Antelope sculpture “Savior” featured as color plate in Arthur Williams’ textbook Sculpture: Technique Form Content, 2nd ed., 1994, Davis Publications: Worchester, Massachusetts. Published in “Portfolio” of Craft Arts International, Sydney, Australia, Vol. 32. Debuts in New York City with an exhibit at An American Craftsman Gallery.

1995: Served as guest curator for “Wood Sculpture: Craft and Symbolism”, at the Ohio Craft Museum in Columbus, Ohio and 20 North Gallery, Toledo, Ohio. Published in “Gallery”, Woodwork, November. Wins “Award of Excellence” in “Best of 1995” at the Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, Ohio. Purchased 11 acres of farmland near Marysville, Ohio with plans to build a new home and teaching studio.

1996: Affiliates with Vetro Marmo Art Gallery (now closed) Columbus, Ohio. Exhibits with the “Classic Visionists” group in the Cork Gallery of Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York City and presented his second exhibition at An American Craftsman Gallery in NYC. Exhibits in the international, Sculptural Objects and Functional Art (SOFA) Exposition at the Navy Pier in Chicago, Illinois. Invited to teach wood sculpture during the summer at Penland School of Crafts in Penland, North Carolina.

1997: Published by Melanie Winters, “SOFA Draws Art-educated Crowd”, Woodshop News, January. Spends next two years building timber-frame dream home on farmland outside of Marysville, Ohio.

1999: “Witness: Kosovo Dog” featured in “Out of the Woodwork” in Woodshop News. Designed and created “The Art of James Mellick” web site at www.jamesmellick.com. Returned to teaching as a substitute art teacher in area schools and taught painting in community classes.

2000: Designed and started the building of the “Heartwood Studio Barn” on the Heartwood Farm that will provide teaching space for the “Heartwood Art School”, complete with sculpture and painting studio spaces. Exhibited at An American Craftsman Gallery, NYC. Solo exhibits: “Heartwood” at Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio.

2001: Solo exhibit: “New Works”, Gallery Studio B, Lancaster, Ohio. Began the production of contemporary folk art form of “circle paintings” for barns.

2002: Planned with An American Craftsman Gallery, Sculptural Objects and Functional Art (SOFA) New York City. Solo Exhibited at Ohio Northern University, Ada Ohio. Juror for Columbus Arts Festival.

2003: “Carving With A Sly Smile” solo exhibition at the Southern Ohio Museum, Portsmouth Ohio. Won Museum Guild Purchase Award, 38th Annual Mid-States Craft Exhibition, Evansville Museum of Fine Arts, Evansville, Indiana. “Witness (Kosovo Dog)” is acquired for their permanent collection. Also won “Juror’s Choice Award”, Contemporary Works of Faith 2003, Schumacher Gallery, Capital University, Columbus, Ohio and “Craftsmanship and Humor” award, The Best of 2003 at the Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, Ohio. Adjunct Professor, Ohio Northern University

2004: “Allegory and Humor in Wood” solo exhibition at the Parkersburg Art Center, Parkersburg, West Virginia. Published in Arthur Williams’ Beginning Sculpture, Davis Publications.

2005: Published in Arthur Williams’ The Sculptural Reference Illustrated, Sculpture Books Publishing. “Man’s Best Friend” two person exhibition and lecture at New Harmony Contemporary Art Gallery, Indiana State University. Solo exhibition and lecture at Spring Arbor University, Spring Arbor, Michigan. Adjunct Professor, Columbus College of Art and Design.

2006: Juror, Celebration 33rd Annual Juried Art Competition, Grand Rapids, Michigan. “In the Spirit of the Tree” group exhibition by Ohio wood artists, Dairy Barn Cultural Arts Center, Athens Ohio. “Best of the Best Of”, group exhibition of Ohio’s contemporary craft artists, Wayne Art Center, Wooster, Ohio.

2007: Won “Fine Craftsmanship Award”, The Best of 2007 at the Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, Ohio. Featured Artist at Berkshires Arts Festival, Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

2008: Appointed Associate Professor of Sculpture, 3D Design, Printmaking and Drawing at Cedarville University, Cedarville, Ohio. Juried Michigan Small College Student Art Exhibition at Spring Arbor University, Michigan.

2009: “Spoke in Wood”, nine Ohio wood artists at Mansfield Art Center, Mansfield, Ohio. “James Mellick: A Retrospective” at the Lima Art Space, Lima, Ohio. Open heart surgery valve repair and quadruple bypass at Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus, Ohio.

2010: Recovery and resumed teaching

2011: “James Mellick and Chris Ryan” duo exhibition at Mt. Vernon Nazarene University, Mount Vernon, Ohio. Solo exhibition at Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, Indiana. “Ed Honton Award for Excellence in a Body of Work” Best of 2011, Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, Ohio.

2012: “Allegory in Wood by James Mellick” a solo exhibition at the Canton Museum of Art, Canton, Ohio. “2012-2013 Faculty Scholarship Award” Cedarville University, Cedarville, Ohio. Designed and equipped new 3-D university facilities for woodworking, sculpture, 3d design and ceramics.

2013: “Remarkable Menagerie: Animal Art”, featured artist at the Decorative Arts Center, Lancaster, Ohio. “In the Doghouse” a solo exhibition at the Gadsden Alabama Cultural Arts Center, Gadsden, Alabama with published catalog.

2014: Mulder, Karen; “Allegorical Strays: The Art and Craft of James Mellick” Image: Journal of Art, Faith & Mystery, Winter 2014. Solo Exhibition, Del Mano Gallery.

2016: “Wounded Warrior Dogs: Celebrating America’s K-9 Heroes” from April 7 – July 17, 2016, Canton Museum of Art. "Loyal Companions", Linda Feagler, Ohio Magazine, pp. 20-22, May 2016. "Battle Scarred", Susan Tasaki, The Bark, pp. 73-75, Summer 2016. $200,000 Grand Prize winner by Public Vote, Art Prize 8, 2016. $12,500 3D Category Winner by Pubic Vote, Art Prize 8, 2016, Grand Rapids, MI.

2017: Published book, "James Mellick: Carving Allegories of Redemption", "James Mellick: Wounded Warrior Dogs and Faithful Companions", Ohio Craft Museum, February 5 to March 26. "Wounded Warrior Dogs" at the Ohio State Fair, July 26 to August 6. "Wounded Warrior Dogs" encore exhibit at ArtPrize 9, September 14 to October 9. "Wounded Warrior Dogs" Greenville University, Greenville Il, October 19 to November 21.

2018; "James Mellick: Wounded Warrior Dogs and Faithful Companions", Southern Ohio Museum, Portsmouth, OH, March through April.

2019: Tentative, Wounded Warrior Dogs at the National Museum of the Marine Corps, Quantico, VA; Memorial Day, May 27 through Veterans Day, November 11.