Melissa Kennedy was born in Saint John, NB, and spent most of her childhood a short distance away in Hampton, where she graduated from high school in 2001. She subsequently attended the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design and the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton from 2001-2006 and graduated with a diploma in fashion and a Bachelor of Applied Arts. During her studies, she received the Saint John Arts Club Scholarship in 2001, the IODE Scholarship in 2002, and the Governor Thomas Carleton Scholarship in 2004.
Upon graduating, she worked until 2013 when she decided to return to school to develop stronger techniques in drawing and sculpture. She was delighted to be accepted into the sculpture program at the Florence Academy of Art, in Florence Italy, where classical methods of figurative art are taught. She graduated from the Academy in 2016 with a Certificate in Sculpture. During her studies at the Academy she received two scholarships, was chosen to be a teaching assistant for the sculpture drawing program for the 2015/16 school year, was awarded a merit award for the 2015/16 school year and received the “Best Drawing in the Sculpture department” award for 2014/15.
Since graduating in 2016, she was asked to remain at the Academy, as a drawing instructor in the sculpture program. During the summer of 2017, Melissa returned to New Brunswick, where she was chosen to be an artist in residence for both the Fredericton Arts Alliance and the Fredericton Region Museum.
She had a sculpture included in the "Figurativas" exhibit in the European Museum of Modern Art (MEAM museum) in Barcelona in 2017.