Erinn Gavaghan – Executive Director
My passion for the arts goes back as long as I can remember. I always dabbled in one form of creativity or another. As a child I loved dancing, playing the piano, singing, and really any kind of performing. I continued my stage presence through out high school, into college and beyond. While in college, I also discovered a love for photography which has stayed with me ever since.
I moved to Oklahoma in 1997 and continued my love of the arts here. I worked for Ballet Oklahoma for three years as the director of events and volunteers. While working for the Ballet, I also co-produced an independent film called The Willing Suspension of Disbelief and performed with Carpenter Square Theatre.
In 2005, I made the decision to return to St. Louis were my family lives to pursue my MA in Art History at Webster University. During that time I worked for the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis as the Manager of Donor Relations. In May of 2010 I completed my masters program and returned to Oklahoma where I am now able to combine my experiences in management of arts organizations with my passion for the arts as the Executive Director of the Norman Arts Council.
Aside from art, I have a serious passion for food and wine. I love gourmet cooking, tasting a bit of wine, and finding new and exciting places to eat. I also live for travel. I got the travel bug on my first overseas trip when the company I was working for sent me to Kuwait to train portrait photographers. Since then I have traveled all over with Ireland and New Zealand being two of my favorite countries to visit.
Joshua Boydston – Communications Director & Gallery Manager
Joshua Boydston is a lifelong resident of Oklahoma, residing in Norman since moving there to attend The University of Oklahoma, graduating from there in 2012.
He was raised in Lindsay, enjoying early visits to the Festival of the Arts in Oklahoma City and the art instruction of Robin Blough and Valerie Beck. Upon graduation, Boydston briefly attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas before transferring to The University of Oklahoma in 2009. He subsequently became an active supporter and promoter of Oklahoma and Oklahoma art, first as a reporter for the Life & Arts section of The Oklahoma Daily and eventually as the section editor. In 2010, Boydston began to contribute to the Oklahoma Gazette, continuing to cover music for the alt-weekly publication even still. He has gotten to interview Barry Manilow, Rob Zombie, Miranda Lambert, Henry Rollins, Vampire Weekend, Beach House, Girl Talk, Interpol, The Avett Brothers, The All-American Rejects, Ariel Pink and Sleigh Bells over the years.
In 2011 and 2012, Boydston acted as Campus Activities Council Concert Series Chair, booking bands like The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Dodos, Stardeath & White Dwarfs, BRONCHO and Shiny Toy Guns for free shows for the Norman community. In that same time, he began work as a freelance designer, focusing on concert posters for local music venue Opolis.
When not at MAINSITE Contemporary Art, you can find Boydston at Opolis, Guestroom Records, The Social Club, Misal of India Bistro or getting a drink at Sonic. He’s a rabid Oklahoma City Thunder and stand-up comedy fan.