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About

 

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With cut metal and paper, Melanie strives to create striking and complex impressions, uniting traditional motifs with contemporary themes, balancing the flow of lines with the depth of space. She enjoys integrating Hebrew text in design, bringing out the beauty of the letters and the essence of their message

Compositions include tableware, Judaica, intricate sculptures and framed art. In metal, her pieces are designed to be viewed from all angles. Once lasercut, they are brushed, glass-blasted, or anodized to a smooth finish to achieve functionality, utility, and beauty.

The Spring Seder Plate, cut from stainless steel, won the NICHE Award in the category of Judaica. This piece and others from the collection are sold in museum shops and fine arts galleries across the country. All of Melanie's work is crafted in the USA.

Melanie's artistic work began in 1994 with the creation of a ketubah for her own wedding. She draws inspiration from the countryside of Illinois, where she lives with her family.


 

CONTACT US

217-356-8063
info@dankowicz.com
Champaign, Illinois

Wholesale inquiries are welcome!

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EXHIBITS and PRESENTATIONS

Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit - Summer 2018
Cohen Hillel at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - April 2018
Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion Museum, New York
     September 2017 - July 2018 - Home(less)

American Guild of Judaic Art - online exhibit - March 2017 - February 2018
Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art, Tulsa - July - September 2017
Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion Museum, New York
     September 2016 - June 2017 - Paint by Numbers

Spertus Institute, Chicago, IL - September 2016 - March 2017
Voices of Wisdom Sinai Temple, Champaign, IL - 2009, 2013, 2016
Tufts Hillel Center, Medford, MA - Fall 2013-Summer 2014
University of Illinois Laboratory High School, Urbana, IL - Spring 2013
Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation, Evanston, IL - November 2012
Anne Lloyd Gallery, Decatur, IL - Summer 2012
Camp Ramah New England, Palmer, MA - Summer 2012
Spertus Institute, Chicago, IL - Fall 2011
Gomez Mill House, Marlborough, NY - Summer 2011
Saint Vincent Gallery, Latrobe, PA - Spring 2010
Jewish Folk Arts Festival, Rockville, MD - Fall 2002-4, 2010
Jewish Community Center, Baltimore, MD - Fall 2005
Art Panonia, Blacksburg, VA - Spring & Fall 2003
Beth Israel Synagogue, Roanoke, VA - Spring 2002
Studio on the Square, Roanoke, VA - Spring 2000
Grenljusbacken, Stockholm, Sweden - Spring 1999
Stockholm Jewish Community Center, Stockholm, Sweden - Spring 1997

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PRESS

Hadassah Magazine, 2017
Chai and Home, 2014
Jewish Woman Magazine, 2013
Kveller.com, 2013
Evite.com 2013
New York Times, 2012
Dailydot.com, 2012
Epicurious.com, 2011
Jewish Woman Magazine, 2011
Forward Newspaper, 2008
Bat Omanut, 2006


CLIENTS

Some of our custom clients include:
Anshei Shalom, West Hempstead
Anti-Defamation League
C-U Jewish Federation
Camp Ramah
Hallmark
Hillel Foundation
Israel Cancer Research Fund
Jewish Federation of Greater Chattanooga
Judiska Forsamlingen, Stockholm
The Moriah School
Women of Reform Judaism

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