Erinn Gavaghan – Executive Director
Erinn Gavaghan is an art historian and arts administrator and has served as the Executive Director of the Norman Arts Council since August 2010. In May of 2010 she graduated from Webster University in St. Louis with an MA in Art History. She specializes in sixteenth and seventeenth century European art and architecture as well as socially engaged contemporary art.
In addition to her work with the NAC, she is an adjunct professor of Art History at Oklahoma and Oklahoma City Community College and has also taught Art History at the University of Oklahoma. She is an active volunteer in the central Oklahoma arts community and currently serves on the board of directors for the Cultural Development Corporation of Central Oklahoma, the Norman Public Arts Board, and the Norman Downtowners Association. She works with state and local governments and arts agencies to advise and advocate on issues related to artists, arts organizations, and public funding for the arts.
Her current interests, research, and projects revolve around the arts’ role in economic development and quality of life in communities.
Joshua Boydston – Associate Director
Joshua Boydston has served as Norman Arts Council’s Associate Director since 2012, leading all communications efforts and installation of artwork at MAINSITE. He is a lifelong resident of Oklahoma, currently residing in Norman with his wife Emily. He became an active supporter and promoter of Oklahoma and Oklahoma art in his time at the University of Oklahoma, first as a reporter for the Life & Arts section of The Oklahoma Daily and eventually as the section editor. Through 2014, Boydston contributed to the Oklahoma Gazette. He has gotten to interview the likes Barry Manilow, Rob Zombie, Skrillex, Mac Demarco and more over the years.
Boydston has booked numerous concerts in Norman over the years, first as OU Concert Series Chair, then independently at venues like Opolis. He became a board member of Norman Music Festival in 2015, helping lead the Talent Committee tasked with booking headlining artists and hundreds of local artists throughout the rest of the festival. He also works as a freelance designer, beginning with a focus on concert posters that has since expanded to include small business branding, catalogs, t-shirts and more.
When not at MAINSITE Contemporary Art, you can find Boydston at Opolis, Guestroom Records, Misal of India Bistro or getting a drink at Sonic. He’s a rabid Oklahoma City Thunder and stand-up comedy fan.
Cher Duncan – Events Coordinator & Projects Assistant
Cher Duncan has been at the Norman Arts Council since August of 2015 as the Events Coordinator and Programs Assistant, organizing the events that occur here in the MAINSITE Contemporary Art gallery and helping with all NAC’s Programs. She grew up and graduated from Ardmore High School and attended East Central University in Ada, OK. As a flute and saxophone player, she was a member of marching, jazz, and concert bands while growing up and developed a love for all genres of music and live concerts.
In 1995, she moved to Norman and worked at Ferguson Dodge for 8 years in sales. After becoming a mom, she began devoting her energies to this role full time. Cher is married to Derrek Duncan and they have 4 children; Taylor, who attends the University of Oklahoma as a Human Resources major, Hailey, who attends Texas Tech University as a Performing Arts Dance major, Cadyn, a 6th grader at Whittier Middle School, and Trace who is in pre-k.
She received her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from the University of Oklahoma. Cher has worked on a variety of philanthropic projects in the Norman community such as the Citizens Advisory Board and the PTA in the Norman Public Schools. With her sales background, she developed a knack for fundraising and creating fundraising events. She served as Secret Santa Chair, which provides Christmas gifts for foster children in Cleveland County. This is a project she is passionate about and has been involved with since 2006. She has worked on numerous fundraising projects for the local schools and chairing a variety of their programs.
Cher enjoys watching her daughters dance in competitions and their performances, watching Trace play sports, and the date nights she squeezes in her busy schedule with Derrek. Her family enjoys watching sports together and supporting each other in their endeavors.