In 1989, Lathan-Stiefel earned a bachelor’s degree in visual arts from Brown Universityin Providence, Rhode Island, and returned to Atlanta where she set up a studio space and worked three part-time jobs. She married a musician and composer, Van Stifle, and they moved to Princeton, New Jersey, so he could get his PhD. She received an MFA from Portland’s Maine Collage of Art in 2001. She now lives and works in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, where she also teaches art classes twice a week at the school her two children attend. Her work has been exhibited across the country, including at Diana Lowest in Fine Arts in Miami, Florida; the Contemporary in Baltimore, Maryland; Tiger Strikes Astroid and the Philadelphia Art Alliance in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts in Wilmington; Suyama Space in Seattle, Washington; Galerie Articule in Montreal, Quebec; and the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center and Sandler Hudson Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia.