Art at the J


Artist Biographies

Alix Christian earned her BFA at Pacific NW College of Art in Portland, Oregon, and her MFA at West Texas A&M University. Her work has been exhibited as far south as Texas and New Mexico, north from Minnesota to Michigan, and across the Atlantic in Assisi, Italy. Alix was a professor of Fine Art and Computer Graphics at Amarillo College until she moved to Colorado in 2010. Alix brings her graphic images and love of type to her creative art journaling and large scale water medium paintings along with encaustic art (using pigmented beeswax, tree resin and fire). See Alix's work at

Carol Gantos studied at The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. She graduated summa cum laude with a B.F.A. in Apparel and Accessory Design. She designed for Banana Republic, Halston, Randolph Duke, and Lilly Pulitzer. She also studied abroad at ESMOD in Paris, specializing in fashion design portfolio development. Integrating her own method and style, she loves seeing students thrive when they’re given the right tools, taught technique, find inspiration, and given the space to explore their own possibilities.

Michelle Auerbach is a writer of novels, essays, poems, and articles. She has an MFA in prose writing and has taught creative writing to everyone from elementary students to people in their 90s. She has published two novels and has two forthcoming. Her work can be found at or in the New York Times, the London Guardian, and in her journals, which she has kept since she was nine years old. 

Alice Messinger grew up in Westchester, New York. She spent three years at Washington University in St. Louis, MO, and transferred to New York's Parsons School of Design to complete her undergraduate degree in Graphic Design and Art History. After several years in design and marketing consulting, she attended Bank Street College in New York and received a Master's in Education. To this day, Alice continues to practice both her teaching and artistic skills in different settings. She is a studio artist, teacher, curator, and collector.

Born and raised in Japan, Yutaka Ai moved around to several cities including Yokohama, Tokyo, and Nagasaki which instilled a unique insight into her native culture. Her influence growing up was her grandfather who was a calligraphy master in Japan. Each stroke in Japanese calligraphy is important and meaningful. He also introduced her to Japanese tea ceremonies. Her grandmother was an Ikebana flower arrangement teacher. Calligraphy is an important part of the Japanese tea ceremony. Japanese art’s goal is to find beauty in blank space, it’s not about filling up the empty space, rather to create a beautiful empty space using a few selected strokes or subtle colors. Yutaka left Japan when she was 18 for the United States to attend college. Meditation and inner peace are the foundation of her contemporary Japanese art. She has exhibited her work in galleries in Colorado and California.