James Mellick’s career as an artist has been divided between the art market and the university. In 1973 he earned his Master of Fine Arts degree from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with a major in painting, a minor in sculpture and extensive work in printmaking. In his first teaching position at Colby Sawyer College in New Hampshire (1973-1978) he turned to wood carving and assemblage which has been his medium of choice for 42 years. Teaching positions include Houghton College where he started the art program in 1979, head of the sculpture program at Calvin College (1989-91) and he developed the three-dimensional program and designed the facilities at Cedarville University (2008-14). In 2012-2013 he was given the Faculty Scholarship Award . Mellick’s allegorical wood sculptures are collected internationally and he is in many private collections and as well as museum and academic collections. A recent nominee for the Governor’s Award in Ohio, he is recognized as a “Master Ohio Craftsman”. He has over 180 exhibitions to his credit, including 40 one and two person shows. His images are in national and international publications and three sculpture textbooks. Most recently a monograph by Karen L. Mulder, “Allegorical Strays, The Art and Craft of James Mellick” was published in IMAGE, Art Faith Mystery, Vol. 79. Jim and Marcia Mellick live with two llamas, two dogs and three cats on a small farm, Heartwood Studio and Farm, northwest of Columbus, Ohio. When he is not in the studio he is farming two large gardens to raise fresh produce for the local food pantry. They immensely enjoy the company of their five grandchildren.
James's ArtPrize Entries
These are James's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.
James's Past Work
These are images of past work that James has done.