Taylor Hall Gallery
Renovated in 2017, Taylor Hall features a 1,110 square foot gallery and event space with high ceilings, a customizable floor plan and professional-quality lighting, making it the perfect setting for a variety of artwork.
Taylor Hall Gallery exhibitions showcase works from local, regional, national and international artists and designers, ranging across a variety of mediums, styles and subjects. Students also can show their own work in the gallery and see the work of our faculty in the stunning new space. Academically, students can gain valuable curation and hands-on show installation experience in the Gallery.
Past shows have included Paul Sahre's Gallery opener celebrating the release of his graphic memoir Two-Dimensional Man, the Traveling Stanzas "Writing Across Borders" show as well as the 10th Anniversary Retrospective for Traveling Stanzas, VCD senior student shows and more. During exhibitions, the Gallery is open Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Upcoming - Christopher Darling Memorial Gallery Show
Jan. 30 to March 19, 2020
This winter at Kent State, an art show and featured speaker on mental health will honor the life and legacy of assistant professor and artist Christopher Darling, who died June 2018.
On Thursday, Jan. 30, the School of VCD will host:
- The opening of “Christopher Darling,” a retrospective of the artist and professor’s work, from 4-7 p.m. in Taylor Hall’s gallery. The show will run through March 19.
- A presentation by national mental health expert Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison at 7 p.m. in 306 Cartwright Hall
Darling began teaching illustration and digital design at Kent State in 2014. Outside teaching, he had a thriving freelance career with commissions from Sony, the United Nations and The New Yorker. He received awards and was honored by The Society of Illustrators for both his Cleveland drawings and the Hough Mural. As an artist, he was a champion of social justice. His own murals portrayed themes of diversity and emancipation, often surrounding infant mortality among minorities and immigration. The spring before he died, he managed an art show at Kent State featuring the work of incarcerated artists.