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Photo: Lily VinCola

Recent Speaking Engagements

  • NC State College of Design 2021 Graduate Workshop

  • MicroGalleries International Collective: COVIDx Talks

  • AIGA National Design Educators Symposium

  • AIGA National Design Conference, Pasadena, CA

  • Humana Digital Experience Center, Louisville, KY

  • Southeastern College Art Conference, UT Chattanooga

  • Windgate Center for Art + Design, UofArk Little Rock

  • Penn State University Stuckeman School College of Arts + Architecture 

  • Herron School of Art + Design

Recent Interviews and Press

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.

Khalili is 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.

Her research is driven by her experience as an Iranian-American. ​Khalili's 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, Khalili is now an Assistant Professor at the University of South Carolina School of Visual Art + Design. Meena holds a BFA in Illustration and an MFA in Visual Communication + Graphic Design from VCUarts and completed study at the Illustration Academy, and the LdM Institute in Florence, Italy. 

Meena is the Co-Chair of the National AIGA Design Educators Community Steering Committee. In addition to her international exhibitions, she maintains an active speaking schedule with engagements and workshops throughout the U.S., and internationally most recently in Hong Kong, Doha, and Venice.