Magdolene Dykstra is a first generation Egyptian-Canadian. After studying both biology and visual arts in undergraduate studies, she received her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. Magdolene has participated in residencies at the Medalta Historic Clay District (Medicine Hat, Alberta) and the Watershed Center for Arts and Crafts (Newcastle, Maine). Magdolene has been awarded several grants from the Ontario Arts Council, including Project Grants and Exhibition Assistance Grants. Her work has been exhibited internationally, and is included in collections around the world. She lives in the Niagara region of Ontario where she is a passionate artist-educator, teaching at secondary and post-secondary levels.