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Staff & Board

Yeiser Staff

Lexie Millikan

Lexie Millikan

Artistic Director

Lexie Millikan received her BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2015, with a focus in Fiber, Installation, and Social Practice. She completed two competitive internships with the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri where she worked in the Education Department. Lexie went on to teach textiles classes in universities, high schools, and community settings throughout the Midwest and Mid-South. Her own artwork has been exhibited throughout the country and has been featured in Nashville Arts, Post Magazine, and Quiltfolk. Lexie recently graduated from Paducah Leadership Class #34 and is passionate about creating artistic opportunities for people throughout western Kentucky.
Will Brandon

Will Brandon

Project Coordinator

After receiving a degree in Corporate and Organizational Communication from Western Kentucky University in 2017, Will moved back to Paducah and got involved volunteering at the Yeiser Art Center and working with the Lower Town Arts & Music Festival. He joined the YAC full time in 2019 as the Project Coordinator and spends his days surrounded by beautiful art from around the world and serving the community that has done so much for him.

Alyssa RICKARDS

Alyssa RICKARDS

Administrative Assistant

Alyssa Rickards has a professional background in a variety of administrative, editorial, and event planning roles. In this position, Alyssa works with artists and guests of the gallery to promote current and upcoming exhibitions and events as well as perform day-to-day duties. Previously, she served as administrative and editorial assistant at American Quilter’s Society, assisting with QuiltWeek events and their bi-monthly American Quilter magazine. Alyssa enjoys crafting, reading, and participating in community events.

Board of Directors

Brittany Wallin

Brittany Wallin

Chair

Brittany was born and raised in Paducah. After graduating from Paducah Tilghman High School, she ventured out to Nashville, TN, where she attended SAE Institute of Technology to pursue her passion for live sound and audio engineering. She met her husband, Josh, in Nashville. 

In 2011, Brittany moved to Colorado for a change of pace. However, something was always pulling Brittany to come back home. In 2018, Brittany, Josh, and their two daughters, Rylee and Paisley, relocated to Paducah. 

Brittany joined the Yeiser Board in August of 2022. She understands the importance of the Yeiser Art Center to this community. She also recognizes the importance of Lower Town Arts & Music Festival and what a gift this festival is to Paducah. The arts set Paducah apart from most small towns in Kentucky. It brings people from all over the world to visit this little sliver of Western Kentucky. Without the Yeiser Art Center, Paducah would not have continued to be the artists destination that it is today. 

Brittany currently works for Heidelberg Distributing Company of Northern Kentucky. In her downtime, she enjoys going on adventures with her family, watching St. Louis Cardinals baseball, visiting local breweries, and spending time with her dog, Louie. 

Please consider donating to the Yeiser, renew or obtain a new membership, leave an endowment, submit your art in the shows, attend a festival, come to see a show, attend a reception, or just stop by to take advantage of free entry to view the current show! Brittany believes that Yeiser is a pivotal piece to this community and its culture!

Todd Blume

Todd Blume

Jason Hargrove

Jason Hargrove

Jason Hargrove, a multifaceted artist from Paducah, Kentucky, strikes a unique balance between the raw vibrancy of graffiti and murals, the meticulous craft of sculpture, and the technical world of full stack development and QA automation engineering. His education in graphic design and subsequent exploration of diverse fields, including a tenure as a jet engine mechanic in the Air Force, enriches his perspective. Known for his thought-provoking stickers that cast a spotlight on environmental and radiological issues, Jason’s work, especially his use of bold yellow and magenta, captures the essence of his commitment to raising awareness. His art and tech endeavors, characterized by a blend of quiet intensity and technical finesse, continue to leave a distinctive mark, weaving his narrative of creativity and innovation.

Jessica Heath

Jessica Heath

Jeff Hudson

Jeff Hudson

Jeff Hudson is the chief human resources officer for Marquette Transportation, a leading provider of maritime transportation solutions. Jeff joined Marquette in 2020, relocating to Paducah, Kentucky, from Cleveland, Ohio, where he worked in human resources for Avient Corporation, a specialty materials company, since 2002.

A first-generation college student and native of West Virginia, Jeff earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree from West Virginia University.

Growing up in Appalachia gave Jeff a passion for helping underserved communities. While in Cleveland, he served on the board of Neighborhood Alliance, a nonprofit organization that operates a homeless shelter and provides early childhood development, senior nutrition, and related services.

Jeff also has a passion for building and supporting community for LGBTQ+ individuals and allies. Jeff is a founding member of Maritime Pride, a newly formed nonprofit organization aimed at creating a safe, encouraging space for LGBTQ+ employees in the maritime industry. He was a founding member of Avient Corporation’s employee resource group for LGBTQ+ employees.

In addition to building community in professional settings, Jeff served as a board member and commissioner for Stonewall Sports Cleveland, a sports league for the LGBTQ+ community and their allies. He and his husband, Chris, were founding members and leaders of Paducah Pridefest, an annual event organized in partnership with Beautiful Paducah since 2022.

Jeff has two adult children, Hannah, who is a preschool teacher, and Carter, who is a student at Wright State University. In their free time, Jeff and Chris enjoy traveling and supporting art in many forms, including theater, visual arts, live music, and drag.

Jason Lindblad

Jason Lindblad

Jason Lindblad is a Digital Media and traditional Illustrator whose original works of art are inspired by his love for fashion, Art Deco, theatre, fantasy, music, and video games.

Studying art since a young age – he has always had a passion for drawing. Born and reared in Paducah, Kentucky, he attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he focused on graphic design and fiber and materials. He continued his studies at the Savanah College of Art and Design in Atlanta, GA- in Illustration, where he developed and depended his love for drawing and painting and honed his digital media craft.

He resides in Paducah, Kentucky, and works out of his studio, creating pen and ink drawings, digital media illustrations, mixed media painted works, and collage-  and previously owned and operated J.Leon Gallery + Studio, an art gallery.

“I create to translate the beauty, passion, and opulence that I see in this world. I want viewers to see the delicate details and be drawn to the intricacies of things such as the line, shapes, and colors that happen from translating a creative vision to the final image. It is experiences that drive our opinions and nature- and I want the viewer to feel that expression.”

Savannah Vincent

Savannah Vincent

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