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SPOTLIGHT: Christopher Darling

MAY 11 – JUNE 24, 2018

Christopher Darling is an illustrator, researcher, and educator based in Cleveland,
Ohio. He received an MFA in Illustration as Visual Essay from the School of Visual
Arts in NYC. Some of his clients include Sony Music, The United Nations Refugee
Agency, and the New York Museum of Natural History. His illustrations, artwork, and
articles have been awarded, exhibited, and published both nationally and

Darling taught  design and illustration at Kent State University in the School of Visual
Communication Design. His recent research examined the impact of design and
illustration education on incarcerated populations and seeks to understand how the
field of illustration can be made more accessible to low-income communities.

Darling unexpectedly passed away in June, 2018

There are pieces from three different bodies of work on display, the first being the
Everywhere is Cleveland series, which responds to the Tennessee Williams quote, “The
United States has three great cities: New York, San Francisco, and New Orleans,
everywhere else is Cleveland”. The series is a response to this generalized attitude, and
seeks to expose different parts of the culturally rich, often misunderstood, and diverse
city. There are also several works from a new series, Letters from Inside, in which I
illustrated poems and stories written by those incarcerated or on death row. The
remaining works on display are from various commissioned editorial assignments over
the last 2 years. All of the work is done using traditional printmaking combined with
graphite/drawing and digital materials.

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