This week is ominously known as “Spoleto Week” here at the City Paper offices. It’s the deceptively quiet week we spend preparing for the first of three big issues devoted to Spoleto Festival USA and Piccolo Spoleto. While we’re frantically writing and editing and laying out that first issue for you, we thought we’d take a moment to introduce this year’s overview critic, Jeffrey Day.
Day has been writing about the arts in South Carolina for nearly 25 years. For most of that time he was the lead arts writer at The State newspaper in Columbia where he eventually covered all the arts, writing feature and news stories about the arts as well as criticism and columns. After being laid off from The State (along with many others) in 2009, he started the blog Carolina Culture by Jeffrey Day, which he ran for a year before becoming communications coordinator for the University of South Carolina Arts Institute.
Since 2011, he’s been a freelance writer and done media relations work for several Columbia arts groups. He has organized and led discussions on the arts in various settings, curated several installation art exhibitions, written pieces for museum and gallery publications and for various newspapers and magazines. He was a National Arts Journalism Fellow and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellow in classical music, both at Columbia University in New York. He holds a degree in anthropology and has studied fiction writing, studio art, and art history on undergraduate and graduate levels.
Like our esteemed overview critics before him, Day will be sharing his thoughts throughout the festival on our Buzz blog and in the paper. Stay turned for more from Jeffrey.