An Editor’s Nightmare

Yesterday I was working on processing articles for our Oct. 2012 issue ofCarolina Arts and I came to one which will show at the Vista Studios in Columbia, SC, and it struck me – I left an article out last month. I remember receiving the press release, I remember working on the press release because the artist was having a reception on two consecutive days – which is a little unusual.

I did a quick scan of the issue, on my working copy of the paper, and didn’t see the article there. Man alive – that is the worst thing to happen – someone sends you a press release about an exhibit and I lost it somewhere in the process. It’s an editor’s nightmare.

After 10 minutes of checking the e-mail files I found the original e-mail. It came in on Aug. 23, the day before our deadline and a day where we received over 75 e-mails. Maybe that’s why I lost track of it? Too much flow of info. But I remembered it.

Next, I checked our image file and there was nothing there for this show – unusual, but not uncommon. I even checked my “send” file to see if I requested a photo and there was nothing there on Aug. 23 – very unusual. So I go to the artist’s website and do a Google search to find a photo to use and get two nice images, which makes me even feel worse as the works look good. And, I also learn this artist used a Kickstarter project to do this exhibit – which made me feel even more bad. More bad – people had helped make this exhibit possible and I left it out of the paper.

So I copy the e-mail and start processing it to post on our blogs and announce my big screw up. The show ends on Oct. 2, but I was ready to include it in our Oct. issue – just for the record.

As I’m processing the article the feeling of déja vu hits me. I feel like I’ve worked on this press release before, so how did it not make it into the paper? I decided to open the PDF of the paper which I downloaded to my desktop at the first of the month like over 100,000 other folks had done this month. While going back over the section covering the Columbia, SC, area – there it was. I missed seeing it the first time in my working copy. Why didn’t I check the PDF in the first place? Why didn’t I check the Index?

The good thing is – I didn’t screw up.

So what made me uneasy about this article to begin with? Why did I have the feeling I failed somehow? Was it the feeling that Vista Studios is one of our longtime supporters and I let them down – they had three articles in the Sept. issue. Was it the feeling that I let the artist down by not requesting a photo? I don’t know. I just don’t know what happened, but this feeling took two hours out of my work day and I wanted to get something constructive out of those two hours so I’m posting this article here – with the images I found. And I hope people go see this exhibit by a native son returning home from Georgia to exhibit in the city of his origin. And, I hope I get some peace by doing this.

Here’s the article:

Vista Studios in Columbia, SC, Offers Works by Jonathan Callicutt

Vista Studios in Columbia, SC, will present the exhibit, Full Circle, featuring works by two dimensional mixed-media artist Jonathan Callicutt, on view in Gallery 80808, from Sept. 27 through Oct. 2, 2012. Receptions will be held on the evenings of Sept. 28 & 29.


“My work is driven by a need to bring the iconic imagery of the past into the visual present. Inflected by both the Renaissance and Rauschenberg, pop culture and formal training, I look for a new translation of seemingly disparate styles in a modern dialect,” said Callicutt.

Full Circle has been conceived as a tying together of key thematic elements of Callicutt’s life. A native of Columbia and exhibitor in 2011’s Florence Biennale, the artist hopes to join his experience with the birthplace of the Renaissance to this show in the city of his origins as an artist. The past connects to the present connects to the past, Full Circle.


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