Kittelson was born in Bosnia and Herzegovina and grew up in Split, Croatia.
Kittelson received her B.A. in law from the University of Split in 1970. She moved to the United States and attended the University of Minnesota. She earned her B.A. in studio arts in 1974 and her M.A. in design in 1978.
In 2009 Kittelson traveled to Cambridge, England where she became interested in Emma Wedgwood, wife of Charles Darwin. Kittelson created the installation Mrs. Darwin's Garden, a collection including paintings of garden fountains and strange flora with accordion folded books. The installation was exhibited at Form + Content Gallery.
Kittelson's Young Americans was included in the Weisman Art Museum's Tenuous, Though Real exhibition.
Kittelson was a member of the Women's Art Registry of Minnesota (WARM). She taught at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She has received the Bush Artists Fellowship for Painting.
Born in Tanzania, Taslim Samji immigrated to Canada at a young age and now lives and works in Burnaby, Canada. She was educated at the University of British Columbia (Bachelor of Arts, Asian Studies), British Columbia Institute of Technology (marketing diploma) and Emily Carr University of Art and Design (Fine Arts Certificate program).
As an artist, Samji has participated in exhibitions, including Change Contemporary Ismaili Muslim Art, held at the Surrey Art Gallery in 2014 and Kaleidoscope Fest in 2016.
As a curator, she is known for bridging cultural barriers among Ismaili Muslims and highlighting the work of women artists. Samji curated Discovery: A Slice of Diversity at the Deer Lake Gallery (Burnaby Arts Council) in 2014, featuring the work of Canadian Ismaili Muslim artists with origins in East Africa. In November-December 2015, she curated Odyssey: Past Meets Present at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre in the Yaletown neighbourhood of Vancouver, in which 15 artists with geographically diverse backgrounds were invited to contribute artworks exploring how their past experiences influence their current work. The exhibition "Commonality", held at the Newton Cultural Centre in January 2016, illustrated the common ground among nine female Ismaili Muslim artists from East Africa, India and Pakistan.
Born in Brooklyn, Llanakila became interested in art as a 7th grader living in Louisiana. Because of her family's military background, she attended over five high schools. Art became a way to express emotions when connecting with other classmates was difficult. Llanakila graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 2014 with a degree in printmaking. Wanting to expand her artistic practice, her skills in animation in video are self-taught.
She is the sister of photographer Nakeya Brown, whose Hair Stories Untold series went viral on Tumblr. The name Llanakila comes from a luau she attended in Hawaii, a place that greatly influenced her during a monthlong stay there. It is Hawaiian for "victorious," a play on her given name. She cites Kate Moross, Ruffmercy, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Shantell Martin, street art, hieroglyphics, West African spirituality, music, her sister, and herself as artistic inspirations.