Carol Panaro-Smith received her MFA at Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona. Her area of specialization is photography based mixed media and book arts. She has held a number of positions both as a teacher and arts administrator throughout the greater Phoenix metropolitan area for over 30 years. Some highlights in her career include establishing Alchemy Studio, a working and teaching studio in Phoenix, her tenure as a founding member of the art school, Metro Arts, and Program Director of Art Intersection in Gilbert, Arizona.

James Hajicek is a Professor Emeritus at Arizona State University where he taught fine art photography for 34 years. He received his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and his MFA from the University of New Mexico. His area of specialization is late 19th century photographic printing processes.

Since 2001, James and Carol have been collaborating artists. Their collaborative work has been exhibited in several solo exhibitions with the most recent in 2013-a 10-year retrospective at Robert and Elaine Stein Galleries at Wright State University in Fairborn, Ohio. Their work is in several major collections including Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts, Chicago, IL, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Houston, TX, and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri. Their work is represented by Joseph Bellows, La Jolla, California, photo-eye Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Tilt Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona.

Alchemy Studio is based in Phoenix, Arizona where they work, teach and mentor emerging artists and photographers. Since 2007, Carol & James have facilitated an international workshop program in Tuscany, Italy.