James Mellick’s “Wounded Warrior Dogs

and Faithful Companions”

at the Ohio Craft Museum

February 5–March 26, 2017


(Columbus, Ohio)—The Ohio Craft Museum is pleased to present “Wounded Warrior Dogs and Faithful Companions,” an exhibition of large wood sculptures by Ohio artist James Mellick. The exhibition will showcase Mellick’s installation, Wounded Warrior Dogs, a series of life-size dogs with physical wounds that veterans have endured. This is the first presentation of the full installation in central Ohio. A number of Mellick’s other faithful companions will be shown alongside it.

Mellick has been focusing on canines in his work for a number of years. “Being a dog owner, I know both the foibles and the redeeming qualities of dogs intimately,” he says. When he started designing the Wounded Warriors project in 2015, of course he chose to use dogs as his subjects. “It was natural for me to think about telling the story of wounded soldiers indirectly and symbolically through their canine companions, who are also, in a sense, wounded soldiers. Ultimately, drawing the analogy between working military dogs and their human handlers provided the best possible fit for the dog allegory in my entire career as an artist.”

“We are so excited to be showing Jim Mellick’s installation,” comments Betty Talbott, Ohio Craft Museum director. “Museum visitors will be very moved by these wounded dogs. And, on the other hand, his nod to other faithful companions will make them laugh.”

The exhibition opens at the Ohio Craft Museum on Sunday, February 5, with a reception from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Opening reception events include:

Artist’s Talk with Jim Mellick

3:00 p.m. Jim will discuss his work, the Wounded Warrior Dogs project and the process behind it.

Meet & Greet with Special Guests

1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m. Visitors can meet Delaware County Deputy Sheriff Gibson and Deputy Alex; Tickles, a registered Alliance Therapy Dog; Rosie, a comfort dog with K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry; and representatives from Golden Endings Golden Retriever Rescue, and Pets for Vets, Columbus Chapter.

Hand-in-Hand Family Workshop: Pet Placemats

1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. or 2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.: A child and a favorite adult will create a fun placemat for their pet’s dining enjoyment, using paint, markers, stamps and more! Free; pre-registration required. Telephone (614) 486-4402.

The Ohio Craft Museum receives ongoing funding from the Ohio Arts Council, the Greater Columbus Arts Council and the Columbus Foundation. The museum is located at 1665 West Fifth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43212. Hours are Monday–Friday, 10 A.M.–5 P.M.; and Saturday–Sunday, 1–4 P.M. Admission and parking are free. Donations are appreciated. For further information, telephone (614) 486-4402; or see our website at www.ohiocraft.org.