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Meena Khalili

Title: Assistant Professor / Studio Art
School of Visual Art and Design
Phone: 803-777-4190
Office: McMaster 318
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M.F.A., Visual Communication + Graphic Design, VCUarts
B.F.A. Illustration, VCUarts


MEENA KHALILI is a professor of design and interaction, who makes daily drawings of things. She is an artist who uses design as a strategy for creation, and a designer who brings artistic methods to her solutions. A native of Washington, D.C., Meena holds a BFA in Illustration and an MFA in Visual Communication + Graphic Design from VCUarts. She serves on the National AIGA Design Educators Community Steering Committee.

Khalili is the recipient of the 2019 National Award for Outstanding Professional Achievement in Graphic Design by the Southeastern College Art Conference. Her work has shown at the Type Director’s Club of New York, Chicago Design Museum, and galleries throughout North America, 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 recently inducted artwork in the Library of Congress.

Her interdisciplinary research moves between traditional design and studio art practices and explores UX, storytelling, typography and language through design, illustration, moving image, and book art. She completed study at the Illustration Academy, and the LdM Institute in Florence, Italy, and finds inspiration in travel, culture, and her experience as a first generation Iranian-American. ​In addition to her international exhibition schedule, she maintains an active speaking schedule with engagements and workshops held in Qatar, Italy, and throughout the U.S. 

Khalili’s research and courses at UofSC include teaching UX/UI, design for screen, typographic design, print and publication design, multimodal media, experimental design, animation and moving image, and design foundations.


Design for Web
Series Development + Practice
Typographic Design II (formally Graphic Design II)
Intro to Design (formally Intro to Visual Computing)

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.