Meena Khalili

Assistant Professor


Meena Khalili is a native of Washington, D.C. Her work crosses boundaries between traditional design and studio art practices. Meena’s research explores typography and Persian calligraphy through multimodal media, and focuses on design, illustration, and book art. She is inspired by geography, impermanence, and her experiences as a first generation Iranian-American. She has studied at the Illustration Academy, at the Lorenzo de' Medici School of Art in Florence, Italy, and has conducted many speaking engagements and workshops throughout the U.S. and in Doha, Qatar. Meena runs her design practice at

Course Offerings

ART 571: Letterforms I
ART 574: Book Forms


Graphic and Publication Design
Typographic Design
Digital Media and New Media Studies
Interactive and Print Design
Experimental Design
Traditional and Digital Illustration
Book Arts

Selected Exhibitions

2015 Body of Evidence, artist book. Microgalleries, Bali, Indonesia, Norwa, Australia.
2015 Kinetic TypoGraphy. Works on paper, projected animations. Artspace Gallery, Richmond, VA.
2015 ThinkSmall8. Artspace Gallery, Richmond, VA.
2015 Remaking Language. Virginia State University, Meredith Gallery, Petersburg, VA.
2015 Remaking Language. Western Kentucky University, Corridor Gallery, Bowling Green KY.
2014 Ficciones Typografika. “Comfort Is The Enemy”. Minneapolis, MN.
2014 The RVA Guide To Those Who Ride, zine. Chattanooga Public Library, Permanent Collection. Chattanooga, TN.
2014 FONZ, Friends of the National Zoo Can You Keep A Secret About A Great Grape? National Zoo, Washington, DC
2013 US & China Typographic Poster Exchange. International Exhibition Center of DaLian City in China.
2013 US & China Typographic Poster Exchange. Gallery of Beijing Institute Of Graphic Communication, China.
2013 US & China Typographic Poster Exchange. Gallery of Institute of Fine Arts of ShanTou University, China.
2013 US & China Typographic Poster Exchange. Gallery5, Richmond, VA, USA
2013 US & China Typographic Poster Exchange. VCUarts MoB + Storefront, Richmond, VA, USA
2013 ThinkSmall7. Artspace Gallery, Richmond, VA.
2013 Skull Appreciation Exhibition. Mütter Museum, Philadelphia, PA.
2013 Body of Evidence, book art. Visual Arts Center, Richmond, VA.
2011 AIGA Grade 6 Awards Show. Virginia Historical Society, Richmond, VA.
2011 Skull Appreciation Day Exhibition. Gallery5, Richmond, VA.
2010 Applied Arts Magazine Winners Exhibition. Artscape, Wychwood Barns, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
2010 Word Play. Scene Metrospace, Detroit, Michigan
2010 Word Play. Gallery5, Richmond, VA
2010 Word Play. Art at 12, Boston, MA
2009 Ink. Paper. Print. Solo exhibition. Dooley Hall, Richmond, VA.

Professional Memberships

University and College Designers Association
Southeastern Collage Art Conference
College Art Association