Melanie Chikofsky has had a long and varied career as an artist and educator. Initially she sought out classes, first in ceramics, then in a specialized art program at the secondary school level, followed by studies at Sheridan College School of Design, all contributing to a wide-ranging passion for art that also informed her zeal for teaching.
After graduation, Chikofsky found herself designing high fashion hats that were seen in the pages of Harper’s Bazaar, runways of Tokyo, the Inner Circle at Ascot, as well as in such fashion shows as Linda Lundstrom and Pat McDonagh. She also produced jewellery and other accessories for the body and the home, all while keeping her hand in the fine arts.
In her mid thirties Melanie had a skiing accident that had her in and out of hospitals. During this difficult decade, she taught art to elementary school students in the Toronto inner city, where a lack of funding sparked an inventive and resourceful approach to both her teaching and her art.
The vicissitudes of life have continued to shape Chikofsky as an artist. Since 2000, she has been the Director and Lead Instructor at the Al Green Sculpture Studio School. Working with adults has propelled the acquisition of new technical skills that have had a profound impact on her current art practice.
Chikofsky has been exhibiting her art since 1983. In 2019 she won a sponsored award from the Japanese Paper Place for “Specimen 1” at the 146 Ontario Society of Artists juried exhibition, and in 2008 she won the “Best in Show Award” for “Threadbare” from Ontario Society of Artists juried exhibition.