Above: Cave of Swimmers, Sahara Desert. Neolithic Period.

CHRISTOPHER DARLING received an MFA in Illustration as Visual Essay and a Paula Rhodes Award for Exceptional Achievement in Visual Essay from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. In 2010, he co-founded Carrier Pigeon Magazine, a publication of illustrated fiction and fine art.

Darling has freelanced as an illustrator for over ten years, some of his clients include: The New York Museum of Natural History, Sony Music Entertainment, and the United Nations Refugee Agency. His artwork has appeared in publications such as Wallpaper Magazine, Frieze Magazine, Juxtapoz Magazine and he has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, Communication Arts, 3x3, Creative Quarterly, The Pixie Awards, and the Association of Illustrators. His paintings, and illustrations, have been published and exhibited internationally.

Darling taught illustration & design at Queens College (NYC) and is currently on faculty at Kent State University in the School of Visual Communication Design. 



Favorites, Communication Arts
Illustration Annual #59
Menlo Park, CA

Shortlisted, World Illustration Awards
Education Category, work published in book (exhibition notification forthcoming)
London, UK

GRAPHIC: The Counter Culture of Cartoons, Comics & Graphic Novels in Northeast Ohio
Juried Group Exhibition, Artist Archives of the Western Reserve
Cleveland, Ohio

Spotlight Gallery, Heights Art
Solo Exhibition
Cleveland, Ohio

Selected, American Illustration #37
(exhibition + publication)
New York, New York

Paper Trails, 6th Annual Juried Exhibition
Morgan Conservatory, jurors: Nikki Woods & Christina Vassallo
Cleveland, Ohio

Curated Exhibition: Gone. Expressions of Incarceration in America
Visual Communication Design Gallery, Kent State University
Kent, Ohio

2nd Place, 28th Annual AoRC Juried Exhibition
The Box Gallery, juror: Ellen Rudolph,
chief curator Akron Art Museum
Akron, Ohio

Invited Lecturer & Guest MFA Thesis Critic
Maryland Institute College of Art, MFA Illustration Practice
Baltimore, Maryland

The Hough Project: Commercial Art, a Correctional Facility, and a Community
Paper Presentation
Art, Education, and Social Justice,
Florida State University

Illustrators #56 Winner
Opening: January 27th
Society of Illustrators, Los Angeles

Illustrators #60 Winner
*Silver Medal Recipient, Surface Design
Opening: January 5th
Society of Illustrators, NYC


Merit Winner
iJungle Illustration Awards, Editorial, Commercial, and
Self-Promotional Categories

The 100 Show (Cleveland Institute of Art)
78th Street Studios (Cleveland, OH)
Opening December 15th

Creative Quarterly #50
Professional Illustration Category

Tales Through Others' Eyes
2017 Illustration Awards: Juried Book (Pittville Press) + Exhibition
Museum In the Park (Stroud)
Cheltenham, UK

Coffee & Comics (Cleveland Public Library Event)
Workshop, Rising Star Cafe
Cleveland, OH

The Future of (Un)Civil Discourse
Panel Presentation/Discussion
Kent State University

The Animated GIF's Contributions to Design & Illustration
Paper Presentation, MODE
Ohio State University

Inclusive Illustration: The Importance of Educating Impoverished & Incarcerated Communities
Journal of Illustration, Volume 4 No. 1
Intellect Ltd., London, UK

Designer Magazine, Volume 42 No. 1

Society of Illustrators West #55 (two entries)
Juried Exhibition & Book, Los Angeles

Communication Arts
Unpublished Category (five entries)

American Illustration #36 (one entry)

Illustrators #59 (3-entries): Society of Illustrators (NYC)
Juried Exhibition: January 3rd – January 29th, 2017
Juried Book: forthcoming

Dream or Nightmare
Juried Exhibition, Scene Metrospace (Lansing, MI)
December 2nd – January 15th: Michigan State University


Studio Prize, Architect Magazine
Graphic Novel Novel Architecture, Kent State College of Architecture (MA)

Creative Quarterly #46
Professional Illustration, Advertising Category

Your Personality & the Characters You Draw
Workshop: Wonder Woman Symposium
Friday, September 23rd: The Cleveland Public Library

Reading / Presentation
Friday, July 21 (7–9pm): Society of Illustrators (NYC)

Merit Winner
3x3 Magazine #13
Professional Illustration (3-entries), Promotional Category
Juried Book: forthcoming

Comic & Cartoon Art Annual, Society of Illustrators (NYC)
Juried Exhibition: June 14th – July 16th: New York, NY

Inclusive Illustration: The Importance of Educating Impoverished & Incarcerated Communities
Presentation / Lecture ICON9
July 6th – 7th: Austin, TX

Native Origins
A Solo Exhibition
May – June: Panta Rhei Gallery, Madrid
(work included in Capital Animal city-wide exhibition May – June) 

Creative Quarterly #43
Professional Illustration (3-entries), Editorial Category

American Illustration's Design Arts Daily

American Illustration #35
Professional Category (1 entry)

A Story About Stories
Graphic Novel Speaker Series
Saturday, April 30th (3:30pm): Cleveland Public Library

Emerging Artists
Group Exhibition
March 4th – April 2nd: Limner Gallery (NY)

Say What You Know, Try What You Don't
Graduate workshop: Graphic Novel // Graphic Architecture conference
Friday, January 22nd: Kent State University