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 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 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. Much of her research takes inspiration from her experience as an Iranian-American. ​

A native of Washington, D.C. and 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 currently serves on the AIGA Design Educators Community National 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.

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