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Marius Valdes

Title: Professor / Studio Art
Associate Director of SVAD
School of Visual Art and Design
Phone: 803-777-2514
Office: McMaster, 319
Resources: Curriculum Vitae [pdf]
Marius Valdes

Marius Valdes is an artist currently based in Columbia, South Carolina. He is an Associate Professor in studio art concentrating on design and illustration at the University of South Carolina. 

Valdes received his BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Georgia and his MFA in Visual Communication from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2005.

Valdes has been recognized by design publications such as Graphic Design USA, HOW, Print, Communication Arts, Creative Quarterly, STEP, and industry competitions including American Illustration, AIGA InShow, AIGA SEED Awards, and The South Carolina Advertising Federation Addy Awards.

Valdes' work has been featured in several books about contemporary graphic design and illustration. He has participated in solo and group exhibitions internationally. Valdes has presented at academic conferences about design and illustration related topics.

In 2017, Valdes completed a one-year residency as the first visual Artist in Residence at the award-winning and innovative Richland Library. In 2020, Valdes completed several large murals for the MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital which won multiple awards from Graphic Design USA. In 2021, Valdes was a finalist for the World Illustration Awards in the category of Site Specific Illustration.

Research Focus
Valdes’ research focus is character-based art, design, and illustration.

Courses with Marius
ARTS 265 Illustration
ARTS 465 Advanced Illustration
ARTS 345 Visual and Verbal Interaction
ARTS 545 Internship for Graphic Design

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