Carol Panaro-Smith received her MFA at Arizona State University. Her area of specialization is alternative photographic processes, mixed media and book arts. She has held a number of positions both as an art instructor and administrator throughout the valley for over 30 years. Some highlights in her career include establishing Alchemy Studio, a working and teaching studio in Phoenix and her tenure as a founding member of the art school, Metro Arts. Her own work along with collaborative work with partner James Hajicek has been internationally recognized and collected.