Magdolene Dykstra studied art and biology at Houghton College (2003) and received her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University (2018). Her practice continues to combine her interests in art and science as it explores the landscape of an alternate reality inspired by microbiology. She has exhibited her work locally, nationally and internationally in juried exhibitions and has been the recipient of many grants and awards. Dykstra has taught at the secondary and post-secondary levels.