Christopher Darling Remembered as a 'Remarkably Talented and Gifted Illustrator, Professor and Person'

Christopher Darling, assistant professor in the Kent State School of Visual Communication Design (VCD), died this past weekend.

Darling had been a faculty member at Kent State since 2014. He previously taught at Queens College in New York City.

“If you knew Christopher, then you knew he was a remarkably talented and gifted illustrator, professor and person,” Amy Reynolds, Dean of the College of Communication and Information, said in an email. “He was committed to social justice issues and he was a passionate advocate for those without a voice in society. He believed strongly in the power of illustration and design to lift others. He had a wonderful sense of humor and he was a thoughtful and kind colleague.”

His most recent exhibition in the Taylor Hall gallery, “Gone,” about incarceration in America, was an excellent example of his caring and activism through art. His work was internationally known and has been shown throughout the world, including a one-man show in Madrid.

“He was a wonderful teacher, colleague and friend,” said Jessica Barness, Associate Professor in VCD. “The VCD community is deeply saddened by this loss.”

Funeral Information

The following events will be at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church ( 2747 Fairmount Blvd, Cleveland Heights, OH 44106, on Friday, June 22.

  • Viewing at noon
  • Service at 1:30 p.m.
  • Burial nearby, then reception back at church

Darling’s work is showcased on his website,

If students would like help dealing with grief, there are several resources, including:

  • Kent State University Psychological Services at 330-672-2487
  • College of Communication and Information Academic Diversity Outreach Coordinator, Amanda Leu, (330) 672-0185,
  • NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Kent State University Chapter,
POSTED: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 2:00pm
UPDATED: Monday, November 16, 2020 - 11:39am