Wounded Warrior Dogs Wins $200,000 Grand Prize by Public Vote and Makes National News
The Wounded Warrior Dogs were viewed by
50,000 people while on display at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel during ArtPrize 8, Grand Rapids, MI. 22,000 voting cards
were handed out. Many people returned two or three times with friends and family and stated they drove three hours just to see
the display. Mellick is donating 10% of his prize after taxes to a wounded veteran charity to be announced.
Dogs In the Print Media
"Battle Scarred", Susan Tasaki, The Bark, pp. 72-75, Summer 2016; "Loyal Companions", Linda
Feagler, Ohio Magazine, pp. 20-22, May 2016.
Wounded Warrior Dogs Project Tours Are Very Well Received
Warrior Dogs have toured at the Keeter Center, The College of the Ozarks from November 2015 to January 2016 and
at the Canton Museum of Art from April 23 through July 17, 2016. Their next stop is the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, Grand Rapids,
MI during ArtPrize, September 21 through October 9.
Wounded Warrior Dog Traveling Exhibition
This spring and summer
James Mellick is creating an installation of wounded warrior dogs as an allegory to honor the brave human companions in battle
who sacrificed life and limb for their country. The sculptor is looking for worthy venues around the country to display
this work as a fundraiser for the benefit of wounded veterans. For more information visit Wounded Warrior Dogs Project page
The first three dogs (shown) won the People's Choice Award and an award from
the Collage of Women
Artists at the Fine Arts Exhibition of the 2015 Ohio State Fair
Mellick Nominated for the Ohio Arts Council's 2015
James Mellick was one of 65 Ohio artists nominated for the Governor's Award. Bill Sullivan, Director of
the ArtSpace, Lima, Ohio made the nomination.
Mellick Receives Ohio Arts Council Award
James Mellick was
a recipient of an Ohio Arts Council Award in the 2014 Fine Arts Exhibition of the Ohio State Fair.
Professor James Mellick
Retires After Six Years at Cedarville University
In January 2008 Mellick joined the art faculty of Cedarville University to help
develop their new art major program. He was responsible for developing a professional printmaking and sculpture curriculum adding
the experiences of etching, lithography, woodworking, stone carving and bronze casting.
Heartwood Farm Garden Charity for 2014
summer Jim and Marcia Mellick of Heartwood Studios and Farm harvest produce from three gardens and donate 75% of the harvest
to the Marysville (Ohio) Food Pantry. Due to bad weather during 2014 only 900 lbs. of fresh produce were donated while in 2013
a record 2300 lbs. of fresh produce were donated.
2012-2013 Faculty Scholarship Award
Cedarville University honored James
Mellick for his scholarly activity for "publishing" several solo exhibitions around the state and nation during his tenure at Cedarville
University. While teaching at Cedarville University, Jim had solo exhibits in Ohio at ArtSpace, Lima; Mt.
Vernon Nazarene University, Indiana Wesleyan University, Canton Art Museum and the Cultural Arts Center in Gadsden, Alabama.
As an artist among 350 publishing academic faculty, it was quite an honor for all creative people to have the fine arts recognized
by the university in this way.
New Three-Dimensional Studies Facility for Cedarville University
When James Mellick
retired from Cedarville University at the end of 2013-2014, he left the University with one of the best wood working shops for
any Ohio university. Prior to 2013 the school had no facilities for ceramics or sculpture and Mellick spent several years
campaigning for adequate spaces to teach the three-dimensional curricula. His design for a two level facility
was cut to one level and was accepted by the university and facilities to house a new printmaking, ceramics, three-dimensional
design and sculpture studios. He was able to purchase 140 K worth of new furniture and equipment to the studios. Prior
to the Spring of 2013 the school had only a 500 square foot woodworking studio for sculpture. With the new
facilities, nitric etching and lithography was added to printmaking. Mellick also added pneumatic tools and a grinding room
for stone carving, black smith forge, bronze foundry, gas kiln for ceramics and MIG welder for metal work in sculpture.