Melanie Dankowicz



(217) 356-8063



2706 Pine Valley Drive
Champaign, Illinois 61822



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With cut metal and paper, I strive to create striking and complex impressions, uniting traditional motifs with contemporary themes, balancing the flow of lines with the depth of space. I enjoy 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, my 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 2010 NICHE Award in the category of Judaica. This piece and others from my collection are sold in museum shops and fine arts galleries across the country.

My artistic work began in 1994 with the creation of a ketuba for my own wedding. I draw inspiration from the countryside of Illinois, where I live with my husband and three children.

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Tufts Hillel Center, Medford, MA - Fall 2013-Spring 2014
Sinai Temple, Champaign, IL - Summer 2013
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 Museum, 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
Sinai Temple, Champaign, IL – Spring 2009
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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Some of my custom clients include:

Anshei Shalom, West Hempstead
Anti-Defamation League
C-U Jewish Federation
Camp Ramah
Hillel Foundation
Judiska Forsamlingen, Stockholm

Women of Reform Judaism


Jewish Woman Magazine, 2013, 2013 2013

New York Times, 2012, 2012, 2011

Jewish Woman Magazine, 2011
Forward Newspaper, 2008
Bat Omanut, 2006