Jennifer Akkermans is a Canadian artist who has recently completed her MFA at the University of Waterloo, where she presented her thesis exhibition, You Can Never Go Home, in the University of Waterloo Art Gallery. She holds a BFA (with distinction) in Fibre from the Alberta College of Art + Design in Calgary, Alberta. She was the Founder and Chief Researcher of the Institute of Morphoid Research, which is dedicated to the study and preservation of organisms falling within the phylum of Morphopodia. Akkermans has had solo exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Calgary, Visual Arts Alberta, and Stride Gallery. She exhibited in Caterina Pizanias’ New Alberta Contemporaries, the inaugural exhibition at the Esker Foundation. She has done multiple performances and has produced a documentary on the IMR through Emmedia’s Production Access program. Akkermans has participated in residencies at the Banff Centre, the Gushul studio, and the Fluid Festival. In 2015, as a recipient of the Shantz Internship, she spent two months in Cologne, Germany, as a studio assistant to Alexandra Bircken. She currently lives and works in Waterloo, Ontario.