Illustrator, Ignite Magazine Honored

The Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles has named artwork published in Ignite magazine as a winner in its 56th Annual Illustration Competition. The artist and magazine will be honored at an event and exhibition in Los Angeles.

Christopher Darling, an assistant professor of illustration at Kent State University’s School of Visual Communication Design, will be honored for the art he created for The Infant Mortality Crisis: A Tale of Two States by Elaine Guregian in the Spring 2017 issue of Ignite. The article details the plight of expectant or new mothers fleeing gang violence in Central America, and what two NEOMED College of Medicine students learned about health disparities related to infant mortality when they traveled to Tapachula, Mexico.

Ignite is published twice a year by NEOMED. The magazine regularly commissions illustrations by artists with ties to its partner schools, including Kent State University and the University of Akron. The Fall 2017 issue and past issues can be viewed at To contact Ignite’s editor, Elaine Guregian, write to

Ignite magazine artwork by Christopher Darling

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