Chris Lykins
Director of Education
Chris is the owner/designer for Lost Art Stationery where he designs greeting cards and custom stationery. When he's not designing cards that will make you giggle, he can be found teaching at Chattanooga State Community College where he is the newest member of the Graphic Design Faculty. Chris added his BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga to his growing collection of degrees in 2014. Chris is a strong advocate for commuting by bike and enjoys being involved in Chattanooga's commitment to multi-modal transportation for all of its citizens and can regularly be seen looking dapper on a bike all around town. Chris has been a member of AIGA Chattanooga since 2011. He joined the board as Visibility and Outreach Director in 2014. In July 2015, Chris became the Events & Programming Director and in January 2017 he transitioned into the Education director role. His passion for students and designers new to the field of graphic design helps him connect the future of design to its present and past.
Gabrielle Blades
Director of Events & Programming
Gabrielle Blades is a graduate of the graphic design program at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and now owns a branding and print design business, Blades Creative. Prior to Blades Creative, Gabrielle worked with the City of Chattanooga on the Multimodal Transportation Center Study, began contracting with LAUNCH Chattanooga, and eventually became a full time freelance designer. Beginning with pen and paper, connecting with her clients, and getting it right are just a few things that bring her joy. Chattanooga's AIGA Chapter has been a large part of her growth from student to business owner thanks to the events available and the opportunity to volunteer. When she’s not creating things Gabrielle is a wannabe ballerina, cat lover, and professional vacationer.
Taylor Kinser
Designer and artist, Taylor Kinser, is a native of the Scenic City. Taylor graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where she earned a BFA in Graphic Design. She has worked in advertising, freelance and currently resides the in-house corporate world of design. She is a problem solver, communicator and an explorer. Taylor has been on the AIGA Chattanooga board for the past two years in the role of Vice President and Secretary. She has been volunteering with AIGA since 2013 as Events Coordinator intern. Her previous service and roles with AIGA has given her valuable experience that will serve her well in her new post.
Bethany Paden
Director of Membership
Bethany Paden In 2014, Beth graduated from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a BFA in Graphic Design and has interests in the philosophy of design thinking and community based projects. She is currently a freelance designer and is an active volunteer in Chattanooga’s AIGA chapter.
She lives in a small, color-coded home in Red Bank, TN with her two dogs, Darci May and Hueco, and her tree-climbing/ woodworking husband, Robert.
Favorite pass times to spark creativity consist of anything outdoors, baking sweet treats, as well as making silly faces with her two nieces and nephew.
Constantly being inspired by the people and sites in Chattanooga, Beth plans to pursue work that lends a hand in making her hometown a better place through effective / intentional design and bold ideas.