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About James Mellick

James Mellick was born in 1947, has been a wood carver since 1976, and started telling stories through dogs in 1985.

He earned his Master of Fine Arts degree from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville (1973), where he received the Graduate Award for Excellence in Art and Design. Faculty positions include Colby Sawyer College, NH, 1973-78; Houghton College, NY, 1978-81; Calvin College, MI, 1989-91; and Cedarville University, OH, 2008-14. He has also taught workshops at Penland School of Crafts, Southern Illinois University, and several schools in the Ohio Valley region. Mellick is a Master Ohio Craftsman and 2015 nominee for the Governor’s Award. He won a significant cash award by popular vote at ArtPrize 8 in Grand Rapids, MI, in 2016.

Notable Artwork Collections

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Recent Exhibitions of the Wounded Warrior Dogs and K9 War Stories in Great Locations

Napa Valley Museum, Yountville, CA
February to August 2024

National Museum of the U.S. Army, Ft. Belvoir VA
August to December 2023

AKC Museum of the Dog, New York, NY
March to July 2022

Gerald R. Ford Museum, Grand Rapids, MI
February to December 2020

Cedarville University, Cedarville, OH
October 6 to November 18, 2022

Upcountry History Museum, Greenville, SC
November 2021 to February 2022

National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, Dayton, OH
November 2019 to January 2020

Airborne & Special Operations Museum, Fayetteville, NC
March to April 2019

Monthaven Arts and Culture Center, Hendersonville, TN
August 6 to September 11, 2022

National Infantry Museum, Columbus, GA
Summer of 2021

National Museum of the Marine Corps, Quantico, VA
May to September 2019

National Veterans Memorial and Museum, Columbus, OH

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