Jennifer Macklem completed her undergraduate studies at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux Arts in Paris and at the Parsons School of Design. She completed her MFA at the Université du Quebec à Montreal . She has presented her work nationally and internationally at artist-run centers, university galleries and museums including: The Musée Nationale du Quebec, (Quebec city); Access Gallery (Vancouver); University of Waterloo Art Gallery (Ontario); The Beaverbrook Provincial Art Gallery (New Brunswick); the White Box Gallery (New York City); Point B (Brooklyn); Roosevelt University (Chicago); Art Gallery of Outremont (Montreal); Salle Alfred Pellan (Laval); St Margarets House Chapel Cinema Space, (London UK ); Gallery Ernst Higler (Vienna),  Centre d’Art Actuel Circa (Montreal); Galway Centre for the Arts (Ireland), Centre for Art Tapes (Halifax). Her work has been published in the Journal of Canadian Art History, Vie des Arts, Espace, Guerilla Art, Front: Etcetera and Le Devoir, Montreal.

She has completed international artist residencies Gros Morne (The Rooms, Newfoundland); Point B (Brooklyn NY); The Soiree Retreat residency (Banff Center for the Arts), (Aurodhan Gallery, Pondicherry, India). Along with her ongoing practice she has completed several large-scale public art projects solo and in collaboration (Moncton City Hall; Calgary International Airport; Kelowna Municipal Library; Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario; Whistler Village BC). Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Quebec, the Kelowna Art Gallery, the Beaverbrook Art gallery and in private collections.

Jennifer Macklem has participated in 51 group exhibitions, 15 solo exhibitions, 7 public art commissions and several video screenings internationally. She has presented 19 artist talks in universities and conferences in Canada, the United States and India. She has an extensive bibliography of exhibition reviews and critical writing:

Originally from Montreal, Jennifer Macklem is an Associate Professor of Sculpture at the University of Ottawa, following a tenured position at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick. In 2011 she was the Director of the Graduate Program in Fine Arts at the University of Ottawa. She served for five years as the Director/Curator or Chair of the Alternator Gallery for Contemporary Art, based in Kelowna, British Columbia.