MARY BETH BABCOCK
Mary Beth Babcock is a Bartlesville native and holds a bachelor’s degree in retail merchandising from OSU. She was Oklahoma Today’s 2011 Oklahoman of the Year. She opened Dwelling Spaces in Tulsa’s Blue Dome District in 2006 and opened her second location in Wayne Coyne’s Womb Gallery in November 2012. Dwelling Spaces is a fun gift shop featuring unique gifts made by artists all over the world with an emphasis on Oklahoma artists. T-shirts, artwork, jewelry, books, Bigfoot merchandise... the list goes on. Hours are noon-7 p.m. Tue.-Sat. Visit Womb Gallery when you stop to see the gift shop. Visit dwellingspaces.net.
Brian Fitzsimmons is your worst nightmare. He spends his days as principal architect at Fitzsimmons Architects, with his head buried deep in sets of drawings, laughing maniacally. He designs awesome projects for the metro area and plucks up esteemed awards here and there from various prestigious professional groups. Like a modern-day Renfield, his nights are spent haunting the neighborhood bars and lounges, looking for trouble and snacking on living creatures, hoping to make their life-force his own. He has a taste for hoppy beers, cheap cheese and blood.
Stephen Kovash is an artist, owner and manager of the Istvan Gallery. He is Oklahoma City Arts commissioner and president of the Plaza District Association. Kovash also is a longtime board member of the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition. His secret life includes saving the environment during the day. Due to an environmental experiment gone wrong, he hasn’t slept since 1987. Others just assume he died and kept working. He still has great hair.
Ferris O’Brien has more than 20 years experience in radio. He got his start at the original Edge in Dallas and is one of the few remaining music tastemakers in the business. Ferris worked for the first Spy in Stillwater, and in 2009 he acquired the name and transitioned it from 105.3 to a successful web-based radio station. O’Brien curates a unique radio format that features more than 15 specialty shows. In August 2012, The Spy joined forces with KOSU broadcasting on 91.7 in OKC and 107.5 in Tulsa and worldwide at TheSpyFM.com.
E . MICHAEL WHITTINGTON
E. Michael Whittington is president and CEO of the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.
Before he was inducted into the dark arts (also known as administration), Mike was a curator specializing in pre-Columbian art. With a well-earned reputation for machete-wielding and reckless bravado, Whittington hacked his way through snake-infested rain forests in search of ancient cities and monuments. Still, he is terrified of clowns and mimes, and nervous about escalators. Mike’s hobbies include eating Korean food, bowling and riding roller coasters. Whittington’s dream is to win the lottery, purchase every accordion known to humankind and destroy them all in a giant bonfire.