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Meena Khalili

Title: Assistant Professor / Studio Art
School of Visual Art and Design
Email: mkhalili@mailbox.sc.edu
Phone: 803-777-4190
Office: McMaster 318
Resources: meenakhalili.com
meena khalili

Meena Khalili is a professor of design and interaction and the recipient of the National Award for Outstanding Professional Achievement in Graphic Design by the Southeastern College Art Conference. Her work has been shown at the Type Director’s Club of New York, Chicago Design Museum, and galleries throughout North America, in Italy, Canada, China, Indonesia, Croatia, Australia, and Moscow, with illustrations and book art in permanent collections at the VCU Libraries Special Collections and Archives, the Omni Hotel Louisville, and the Library of Congress.

Professor Khalili’s research is driven by her experience as an Iranian-American. ​Her interdisciplinary work moves between traditional design and studio art practices and explores ethical design practices, user experience, storytelling, typography, illustration, interaction, and moving image.

A native of Washington, D.C., and Virginia, Professor Khalili holds a BFA in Illustration and an MFA in Graphic Design + Visual Communication from VCUarts and completed study at the Illustration Academy, and the LdM Institute in Florence, Italy. 

Professor Khalili serves design education nationally as the Co-Chair of the AIGA Design Educators Community Steering Committee. In addition to her international exhibitions, she maintains an active speaking schedule throughout the U.S. at programs such as NC State College of Design, and internationally in Hong Kong, Doha, and Venice.

Research Focus
Professor Khalili’s research focus is in design systems, ethical design practices, interactive and experience design, user experience, typographic design, and creative practice.

Courses with Professor Khalili
ARTS102 Design Technology + Concepts
ARTS246 Typographic Design II
ARTS346 Process + Systems
ARTS347 Interaction Design


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