Magdolene Dykstra is a first generation Egyptian-Canadian. She received her B.Sc. and B.A. from Houghton College, her M.Sc.Ed. from Niagara University and her M.F.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University, where she was awarded two Graduate Assistantships and a Travel Grant to Arrowmont Center for Arts and Crafts. Magdolene has participated in residencies at York University in York, England and at the Medalta Historic Clay District in Medicine Hat, Alberta. She was invited to participate in an Artists-Invite-Artists Residency at the Watershed Center for Arts and Crafts in Newcastle, Maine. Magdolene has been awarded several grants from the Ontario Arts Council. Her work has been exhibited internationally, in museums and galleries, 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.