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With cut metal and paper, Melanie Dankowicz aims to unite traditional Judaic 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. She incorporates plant life to create connections with the natural world. It is her hope to add beauty and meaning to our celebrations of Jewish life.

Melanie pioneered the use of Jewish papercutting design in the creation of metalcut artwork. Her compositions include ketubot, Judaica, jewelry, sculpture and wall art. She applies her unique perspective and design talents to provide individuals and organizations with meaningful and aesthetically-appealing works. For over 25 years, her Judaic designs have been crafted in the USA and enjoyed by collectors around the world.


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Our ketubah arrived yesterday and it is BEAUTIFUL! It literally took my breath away. I am so happy with it. Thanks for helping to make our wedding so so so special. We will cherish it forever.
Johanna and Greg

I am completely speechless - the dreidel I purchased is simply spectacular... my wife nearly was in tears when she opened the package. I just wanted to thank you for the opportunity to purchase and have a piece of your art. I hope to be able to purchase again from you in the future.

We just opened the Forest Ketubah, and it is absolutely spectacular. The papercut is magnificent in all its intricate detail, and the Hebrew font is just beautiful. The silver backing also turned out to be a perfect choice. We could not be happier about how the ketubah turned out. our sincere and special thanks for your efforts and incredible artistic talent.

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Karen Walanka Memorial Exhibit, AGJA - 2022
Jewish Cultural Center, Chattanooga - 2022
Irish Jewish Museum - 2019
Jewish Federation of Greater Chattanooga - Fall 2018 - Leaves
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 - 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
Sinai Temple, Champaign, IL - 2009, 2013, 2016 - Voices of Wisdom
Tufts Hillel Center, Medford, MA - Fall 2013-Summer 2014
Anne Lloyd Gallery, Decatur, IL - Summer 2012
Gomez Mill House, Marlborough, NY - Summer 2011
Saint Vincent Gallery, Latrobe, PA - Spring 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




Judaica in the Spotlight, 2021
New York Times, 2020
Cleveland Jewish News, 2020
Smashing the Glass, 2020
Smashing the Glass, 2018
Hadassah Magazine, 2017
Smashing the Glass, 2016
Chai and Home, 2014
Jewish Woman Magazine, 2013, 2013 2013
New York Times, 2012, 2012, 2011
Jewish Woman Magazine, 2011
Forward Newspaper, 2008
Bat Omanut, 2006


Some of my custom clients include:

American Friends of Israel Sports Center for the Disabled
Anshei Shalom, West Hempstead, NY
Anti-Defamation League
Camp Ramah in New England
Champaign-Urbana Jewish Federation
Hallmark Cards
Hillel Foundation
Israel Cancer Research Fund
Jewish Federation of Greater Chattanooga
Judiska Forsamlingen, Stockholm
Temple Beth El, Augusta, ME
The Moriah School, Englewood, NJ
Women of Reform Judaism